Study with us - undergraduate

We offer degrees in English and English & Creative Writing. Both degrees give you skills in reading, writing and analysis, which can help you build your career.

As a student at Strathclyde, you'll enjoy the best of old and new: a grounding in the classics as well as an insight into new fields of literature. Students can graduate with a BA in English, or English and another subject; or with a BA in English & Creative Writing, or English & Creative Writing with another subject.

Study with us - postgraduate

Our graduates include the Scottish novelist Andrew O’Hagan and former head of the Scottish Arts Council James Boyle.

The MLitt in Interdisciplinary English Studies is a new instructional postgraduate degree in literature, starting in September 2019.  Students take a research methods class and five other classes, and write a 15,000 word disssertation.  Classes are grouped into three areas: 'culture and interculture', 'the representation of gender and sexuality', and 'history, symbol and representation'.  The degree can be taken full time over a year or part time over two years, and some students may be eligible for a postgraduate tuition fee loan.

Postgraduates in English Studies will be supervised by researchers with international reputations in a range of fields, from Renaissance studies to literary linguistics and Scottish literature and culture, as well as areas such as gender, queer, race and postcolonial studies.

Academic staff have worked with colleagues in other faculties and at universities in the UK and abroad, have published with leading presses and journals and undertaken major roles with funding bodies and policy-making organisations.


Our areas of research

We can supervise research in many areas including the following:

  • 20th and 21st-century popular culture
  • Alasdair Gray Studies
  • Victorian, Edwardian and Neo-Victorian
  • Renaissance
  • Scottish studies
  • Contemporary Scottish literature
  • The contemporary novel
  • The contemporary short story
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Race and postcolonial studies
  • Animal studies
  • Life writing and biography 
  • Periodical/newspaper culture
  • Heritage
  • Linguistic and cognitive literary studies

Find out more about our English research areas and our English academic staff and research teams.

Scotland's Stories by Word and Screen 

Cross-Border Queers


Our students have gone on to success in a wide range of careers. Distinguished graduates include: Guardian war correspondent Audrey Gillan; former BBC director and Scottish Cultural Commissioner James Boyle; screenwriter and creator of TV's River City Stephen Greenhorn; Booker prize-winning novelist James Kelman; Booker nominated writer Andrew O'Hagan; MSP and former culture minister Frank McAveety; TV dramatist and playwright Des Dillon; and journalist and critic Mark Brown.

We have a strong track record in helping students to success in teaching, business, public service, marketing and public relations and many other careers. You can find out more about English and English & Creative Writing and careers and what you can do with an English degree and at the university careers service.  

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