English Studies at Aberdeen gives you all the advantages of an outstanding teaching, research and creative hub where you will be taught by internationally renowned academics, writers and poets. You will be inspired in the wonderful environment of a historic university with an award-winning library, outstanding literary treasures, and a vigorous calendar of literary events.

Aberdeen is a leading centre for the study of literature, language and creative writing, and assessed as second in the UK for the quality of its research output and top in Scotland for creative writing.

You will study poetry, drama and prose through considering the dynamic relationship between author, reader and literary text, study every period from Chaucer, Shakespeare and Milton to contemporary English, Scottish, Irish, European and American writing, and examine the cultural and critical impact of powerful and controversial modern works.

You will gain inspiration and guidance from enthusiastic teachers and researchers who have published internationally recognised literary criticism and award-winning creative works. You will benefit from the presence of several world-class Research Centres located in the School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture, including the Centre for the Novel, The Grierson Centre and the WORD Centre for Creative Writing.

Our flexible, modular curriculum gives you the core writing, research, computational and presentation skills vital to many careers. You will also be encouraged to pursue your particular interests while ranging widely across the many exciting areas of English studies, with career options as diverse as publishing, teaching, research, journalism, business, or speech therapy.

And you will thrive in our friendly and vibrant international community, on our beautiful medieval campus with great facilities for learning, sports and leisure, and many opportunities to develop extra skills and interests, and to broaden your horizons through study abroad.

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Why Study English at Aberdeen?

  • 100% Overall Satisfaction for Linguistics and Creative Writing”. The Complete University Guide 2020
  • Rated second in the UK for the quality of Aberdeen research in English language and literature in the 2014 REF national assessment of research quality at UK universities.
  • An international profile through major literary projects such as the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jane Austen and the Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels of Sir Walter Scott.
  • The WORD Centre for Creative Writing, promoting creative projects in fiction, non-fiction and collaborative mixed-media in all the languages of northeast Scotland (from Doric to Polish).
  • The spectacular, award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library, home to literary treasures collected over 500 years, charting the power of the written word from ancient papyri and medieval manuscripts to contemporary e-books and other media.
  • Historic collections including rare printed books, the 12th century Aberdeen Bestiary, MacBean Stuart and Jacobite Collection, the novels of Sir Walter Scott, and an exceptional collection of Charles Dickens' first editions.
  • A packed campus programme of student and public events, exhibitions, seminars, invited speakers and the annual May Festival which welcomes internationally acclaimed authors to campus every spring to discuss literature, including European writers.
  • Research centres include the nationally recognised Centre for the Novel, the Centre for Modern Thought, and the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies.

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