English Undergraduate

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English helps us to make sense of a world overflowing with text – from blogs and emails to novels and plays. Reading adventurous, stimulating books is just the start of the journey; analysing them will teach you about people and society as well as literature and communication.

As a student at Strathclyde you get the best of old and new – a grounding in the classics and the chance to venture into exciting new fields of literature. You can explore your creativity, through a strong tradition of creative writing – our staff includes established and prize-winning novelists, poets and dramatists. Students like the fact we’re approachable, and appreciate our exciting range of classes. All of our students find enthusiastic staff with a fresh approach and their learning experience is further boosted by Visiting Writing and Research Fellows. You will gain the skills necessary to succeed at university and beyond: how to express yourself well, to construct an argument, to analyse the written word. We also show you how exciting and wide-ranging study of English can be.


Graduates are making a difference at every level of society and include STV journalist Heather Simpson, MSP Frank McAveety, Bookershortlisted author Andrew O’Hagan and former head of the Scottish Arts Council James Boyle. Graduates have also progressed to careers in publishing, the media, local government, the civil service, teaching, the health service, leisure industry, voluntary sector, social services, retailing and many other areas.

The successes and the employment rate of our graduates show that employers like the skills you gain here: written and verbal communications, the analysis and discussion of ideas, and broad, creative thinking.

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