Department of English


Christina Stead, Bob Dylan and Shakespeare’s Hamlet
Christina Stead, Bob Dylan and Shakespeare’s Hamlet

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).

The Department also co-coordinates the Film Studies program

Latest News

  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Excellence in Teaching Awards Recipients

    The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Excellence in Teaching Awards have been announced for 2016.

  • SUPRA Supervisor of the Year Awards 2016

    The 2016 SUPRA Supervisor of the Year awards were announced at a special ceremony on 15 November.  Of the 114 supervisors who were nominated by research postgraduate students, a total of 22 awards were given across 15 faculties. Each faculty is allocated one award however due to the quality of nominees FASS was awarded 4; Medicine 3; Business 2; SCA 2.

  • Sydney Studies in English Volume 42

    Sydney Studies in English was a sponsor of the first Camera Stylo: Intersections in Literature and Cinema conference, which was held at Sydney University. Sydney Studies in English Volume 42, featuring papers from the Camera Stylo Conference, is now available.

  • Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest Award 2017

    The Department of English at the University of Sydney is pleased to announce that the second biennial award under the Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest will be made in 2017. The bequest offers a cash prize of $5,000 for the winning collection of 50-70 pages by a female poet over the age of 18. Applicants must be Australian, and the poems submitted must be “about Australian culture,” broadly defined.