English

  • 4th in the UK for research power in English
  • Top 50 worldwide for English (QS World University Rankings 2017)
  • Ranked top 5 in the UK in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 and top 10 in Complete University Guide 2018
  • £3.5 million external research funding awarded in the past 4 years
  • 69 fully funded doctoral studentships over the last 3 years
  • Biggest film-related archive in the UK outside the British Film Institute and unique resources in 19th-century fiction and culture
  • Flexible English Literary Studies MA with seven specialist pathways and a broad range of modules

Ranked 4th in the UK for research power by the Times Higher (based on the Research Excellence Framework 2014), we are an internationally recognised centre for research and teaching in English studies and have a strong culture of excellence in learning and teaching provision. With over 150 UK and international postgraduate students and over 45 academic staff, we offer an engaging environment to pursue postgraduate studies spanning both the Streatham Campus in Exeter and our Cornwall Campus. The quality of our teaching and supervision is excellent, and student satisfaction is amongst the highest in the country.

Professor Andrew McRae, Head of English

English at the University of Exeter performs outstandingly well in national rankings for both education and research. We are currently ranked 4th in the UK in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015, and 4th for research power in English1.

The Department aims to provide an unrivalled graduate experience. We work very closely with our students to improve the quality of our modules.  Our dedication and efforts are recognised by our students, and we consistently score highly in the University’s annual  Student Guild Teaching Awards.

We have a rich and diverse graduate culture at both Masters and Doctoral level, backed up by strong supervisory and teaching expertise and extensive research resources in a number of areas. Beyond their immediate interests and concerns, our students are encouraged to participate widely in the research culture of the Department, the College and the University by exposure to a stimulating and diverse range of debates. Students at Exeter work in a lively, productive and enriching environment which encourages and supports them as they strive to achieve their intellectual ambitions.

1 Research Excellence Framework 2014 based on the percentage of research categorised as 4*and 3*

Professor Andrew McRae, Head of English