Department of English
The Department of English offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses across a wide range of genres, authors and historical periods in English literature and language, as well as Irish, American and Australian literatures, literary theory, film studies and creative writing. It is one of the largest Departments of English in Australia and is enriched by the research strength of our internationally distinguished staff.
The study of English opens up extraordinary and inspiring worlds of literary art and ideas. It equips students with valuable and transferrable skills in close-reading, critical and imaginative analysis, communication and argumentation.
The department teaches an undergraduate major in English and a major in Australian Literature. Both English and Australian Literature offer an Honours year. Students may give added shape to their studies by selecting units that form coherent ‘pathways’ though specific areas of interest.
At postgraduate level there is a range of research degrees available: PhD, MPhil, MA (Research) and Darts and two postgraduate coursework degrees, the Master of English Studies (MES) and the Master of Creative Writing (MCW, from 2015).
The Department also co-coordinates the Film Studies program
Associate Professor Peter Marks, Chair of the Department of English, was interviewed on Radio National with Phillip Adams about how the world of surveillance has outstripped the literature of surveillance in reference to his latest book Imagining Surveillance: Utopian and Distopian Literature and Film
Professor Paul Giles describes the trajectory of his research into the international interconnections that helped to frame classic American writing, from which he challenges the arbitrariness of institutional arrangements as well as conventional delineations of culture in nationalistic terms
The Quacquerelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings began in 2004, and consider more than 3,000 institutions worldwide. The annual rankings measure such factors as academic reputation, citation statistics, international mix and staff-student ratios. The Department of English gets the highest rating of any English department in Australasia and ranks 18th best department in the world in the QS rankings.