About English Literature at Birmingham

Welcome to the Department of English Literature at the University of Birmingham.

English Literature - About us

We are a leading, internationally renowned department of undergraduates, taught postgraduates, doctoral researchers and academic staff. Our excellent research and teaching spans the full range of literature from Old English to digital culture, and incorporates traditional and non-traditional areas of study.

Our flagship, innovative BA English inspires students to develop their passion for English Literature, while also giving them the opportunity to explore creative practice in film, writing, language and drama through optional pathways.

The English Literature department is a central part of the School of English, Drama and Creative Studies, along with the Departments of English Language, Drama and Theatre Arts, Film and Creative Writing, and the world-famous Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon. Students and staff benefit from collaborative research, teaching and expertise from across the School.

Read more about our vibrant literary community, including student societies for literature and creative writing, our visiting writers’ series, research events for staff and students, and the very popular annual Stratford Residential.