How you’re taught
How will I be assessed?
English modules are mainly tested through a combination of examinations, coursework essays, portfolios (which might include reports, reviews, annotated bibliographies, brief reports or short critical analyses), learning journals and presentations.
Who will teach me?
As well as being internationally recognised for our research, the English team is friendly and approachable. The course is informed by the latest thinking and you'll learn from people with a real passion for their subject. We'll help you find your feet when you first arrive, and stretch you as you become more confident. We look forward to expanding your interests and helping you to realise your ambitions.
Industry Partners and Opportunities
NTU is a lead partner of Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature and the department offers volunteer opportunities in which students can help NUCoL deliver its mission to 'build a better world with words'. Previous students have worked in marketing, social media and event management roles.
We work collaboratively with many regional and national groups and organisations, including:
- Broadway Media Centre
- Bromley House Library
- New Art Exchange
- Nottingham Black Archive
- Nottingham Contemporary
- Nottingham UNESCO World City of Literature
- Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum
- Science Museum, London
Networking and Extracurricular Opportunities
Our students are part of the research community at NTU, and have the opportunity to take part in a variety of exciting extracurricular and networking events. Our research centres and societies regularly bring high profile writers to Nottingham to deliver talks and workshops. Recent guests have included Maggie Nelson, Michael Rosen, Marion Coutts, Georgina Wilding, and Derek Owusu. Recent creative writing workshops have focused on Writing Statues, Writing the Breastfeeding Body, The Hero’s Journey, and landscape writing.
The NTU extra-curricular WRAP programme offers Writing, Reading and Pleasure, with a range of book clubs, writing workshops and events each term. English students have published their work online, written blogs and taken part in international showcase events, creating friendships across the University and an online profile.
English students are also encouraged to attend informal English Research Seminars to hear papers by guest academics, English staff, and English postgraduate students, and field trips are optional on various modules, including to theatre productions, stately homes, and archives.
Find out more about our ground-breaking research in our Research Centres:
You’ll also have the option to take part in an international exchange at a partner university. Or you could source work placements abroad. These options will enable you to gain impressive international experience, and broaden your perspective and career ambitions.
You’ll experience other cultures, travel the globe and open your eyes to a world of opportunities. Our exchange partnership with a number of international universities enables you to live and study in another country in your second year.
Learn a new language
Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have. Learning a new language can enhance your communication skills, enrich your experience when travelling abroad and boost your career prospects. Find out more about the University Language Programme.
NTU English students have the opportunity to engage with a variety of voluntary roles, both ‘in house’ and in the community. You can become a student representative for your course, a student ambassador representing the university’s student body, a WRAP ambassador, volunteer with NUCoL, or a CERT mentor mentoring your peers on the course. Other opportunities could include voluntary work in local schools on a literacy project, with one of our community partners, internationally, or as a sports volunteer supporting lessons in local schools, after-school or local sports clubs.
Student academic prizes
At the end of your course, your work could be recognised with a prestigious award. At present four prizes are awarded annually to graduating students (these may vary from year to year):
- The Michael Klein Prize for the best performance in American texts modules
- The English Subject Prize
- The Carcanet/PN Review Prize for Creative Writing
- The HopeRoad Prize for Postcolonial Literary Studies
Here at NTU, we're enthusiastic about the English subject and wish to express a similar enthusiasm to our students. It's much more than a job: it really matters to us that you are inspired, passionate, challenged and motivated by your studies. Here, we talk about the authors who have inspired us and instilled in us a passion for the subject that we teach.
- Year 1 coursework (100%)
- Year 2 coursework (100%)
- Year 3 coursework (100%)
A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:
- Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (25%), independent study (75%)
- Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (22%), independent study (76%), placement (2%)
- Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (21%), independent study (79%)