Facts & figures
English, Language and Literature
- #2 in Australia
- #18 in the world
- 2019 QS World University Rankings
Facts & figures
English, literature and writing courses invite inspiration and creativity and allow you to discover how literature and writing shapes the world through poems, plays, novels and stories. By studying with us, you will develop a wide range of skills essential for today's global environment.
We are home to scholarly experts who teach across a broad spectrum, including modern and contemporary literature, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, film studies, theatre studies, cultural studies, medieval translation studies, social sciences and performance, with expertise in European, Asian, and Middle Eastern traditional and modern cultures.
Our academics are also writers, critics and editors of leading Australian literary journals including Southerly, Meanjin and Overland and have judged the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and Australia Council Literature grants, among others.
Gain a broad understanding of the history and characteristics of Australian literature. Learn about writing in and about Australia, as well as Australian writers in their various national and international contexts.
Explore and develop your skills in fiction, non-fiction, poetry and other forms of writing. Gain a deep understanding of theories and histories of writing and develop the core skills of writing, structuring and editing. We give you intimate access to Sydney’s literary life, including a constant calendar of readings, performances, major literary and cultural events, and a host of celebrated visitors.
Bring together contemporary critical theory with literary narratives and investigate how and why literature remains an influential cultural form in the 21st century. Consider the ways in which the study of literature works within a specifically Australian cultural context and explore the expansion of literary and cultural narratives across a broad transnational framework.
The Department of English has a vital research culture and offers postgraduate supervision across an extensive range of areas. These include: Medieval and Early Modern Literature; Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Literature; Modern and Contemporary Literature; Australian and Aboriginal literature and culture; American literature and culture; British and Irish literature; world literatures; literary and cultural theories; studies in gender and sexuality; film and TV studies; scholarly editing and language studies; poetry, poetics, drama and the novel; rhetoric, aesthetics, hermeneutics and semantics; and creative writing.
What is the relationship between literature, language and culture? What can we learn about different societies from the stories they produce? International and Comparative Literary Studies is a vibrant, interdisciplinary subject taught by academics with vast expertise in the languages and cultures of the world.
Drawing from established research in a wide range of fields, in Writing Studies you will learn to combine various research methods including rhetorical, discourse and textual analysis to examine written, spoken and visual texts at various stages of production, from conception to transmission and consumption.
*2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject.
**Please refer to individual course requirements and visa details (for international students) regarding eligibility for part-time study.
Whether you undertake an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in English, literature or writing, you will learn the skills and knowledge that will open the doors to a range of exciting career opportunities.