Founded in 1894, the English Department at Aberdeen is a leading centre for the study of literature, language and creative writing. With around twenty staff, a beautiful medieval campus and exceptional library resources dating back over five hundred years, Aberdeen is an excellent place to study English at undergraduate or postgraduate level.  

The Department offers a wide range of degree programmes, including taught Masters' (MLitt) and PhD degrees. Every period of literature is taught, from medieval to contemporary, and the staff include specialists in English, Scottish, Irish and American literature. Our flexible, modular curriculum allows students to pursue their own interests, and enables them to take joint degrees including popular combinations with, for example, Film and Visual Culture.

The Department has an international research profile, and is associated with major scholarly projects such as the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jane Austen and the Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels of Sir Walter Scott. Recent initiatives include the Centre for the Novel, an interdisciplinary Centre for Modern Thought, and the world-famous Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies. The Department also has a proud tradition of creative writing and is closely involved with the annual May Festival through our widely published Professor of Creative Writing Alan Spence.