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School of English and Drama

Why Study with Us?

These are just some of the reasons why you'd want to study English at Queen Mary:


Our courses are highly rated: 97% of students praised our teaching in the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS).

Our teaching is also innovative: we run dynamic and novel undergraduate and postgraduate modules which reflect our staff's research strengths, which deploy a range of teaching strategies, and which often exploit London's many cultural and literary resources.

"The range of courses offered remains both impressive and exciting, allowing students a rich combination of traditional ‘canonical’ subjects and newer, interdisciplinary options [...] The Department is to be congratulated on the BA, its innovative modules, excellent teaching, and the high standards of work produced by its students."
 -- External Examiner Report



We provide students with all the research, communication, and analytical skills necessary for a wide range of careers or for further study. This ensures our graduates are highly employable.

92% of our graduates were in employment or study six months after graduation, with 71% of this group already in graduate-level employment (Destinations of Leavers of Higher Education, 2055).

"The quality of teaching is outstanding and the issues and topics explored within the course have completely revolutionised the way I think about my subject. Coming to Queen Mary University of London is honestly the best decision I have ever made. Sounds like a cliche but there is no other way to put it."
 -- Student Feedback (NSS)



You will work with academics who produce internationally recognised research. Due to the outstanding quality of this research, we were rated fifth out of all UK English departments in the last Research Excellence Framework (REF).

"It's a vibrant community of scholars who really take an interest in the intellectual formation of graduate students. The department is large and has many different research strengths, so there's always a lot of reading groups, seminars, and conferences to lure you away from the library, encourage you to think about your research in broader terms, and make the experience of the PhD feel less solitary."
 -- Dr Sara Lyons (QM Alumni)


Russell Group

It is in recognition of our excellence in both research and teaching that Queen Mary has recently joined the Russell Group of leading universities in the UK.



Queen Mary offers the perfect location to study literature. As a student at a London university, you will have access to the city's many libraries, galleries, museums, and other cultural resources. And as a student of a campus university, you will benefit from a close-knit campus community located on the picturesque Regent's Canal.

"I think there's something really nice about going to a campus university. It means that the university isn't just a place of study, it's also highly social. In the summer everyone sits by the canal and when you are living on campus you are literally a stone's throw away from your lectures."
-- Luke Richmond (BA English, 2011-2014)

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