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English, Linguistics and Creative Writing

These creative disciplines require intellectual curiosity, passion, and imagination. We’ll develop your public speaking, problem-solving and communication skills, and tailor your studies to your personal goals — all while shaping your voice and showing you what it takes to get published.

English, Linguistics and Creative Writing at NTU

Words are worlds, and they demand exploration. Studying English, Linguistics or Creative Writing requires a deep passion for language, an intellectual curiosity, and the ability to explain yourself with imagination and intelligence.

Our seasoned community of writers, poets, authors, researchers, linguists and guest lecturers will guide and inspire you, consolidating your skills and knowledge. With a fantastic network of industry links, and opportunities to work on company projects, volunteering and work placements our courses will help you to explore and hone your craft, in line with your personal interests and professional ambitions. Whether that’s creative writing, the media, publishing, PR, journalism, teaching, literary criticism, or PhD research.

When you’re ready to evolve your skills from being a budding novelist, poet or screenwriter, we’ll show you what it takes to get published. We’ll challenge your creative and critical practice and help you to shape it. If you want to nurture your literary research interests, our community of expert academics and peers will help you to test, shape and grow your work.

It’s your journey, and the emphasis is on your choices – we’re committed to helping you tailor your studies to your own personal interests and professional ambitions. The learning heritage here is incredible – so join in, put your own stamp on it, and let your professional prospects take you into areas you might never have considered!


in the UK for Creative Writing (Times Good University Guide 2023)


in the UK for Languages and Linguistics (Guardian University Guide 2023)


in the UK for student satisfaction in Linguistics (National Student Survey 2022)


in the UK for student satisfaction in Literature in English (National Student Survey 2022)

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As a Literary City, Nottingham is the perfect place to develop your skills as a writer, teacher or literature specialist. Hear from the people who matter - our experts and students.

Where will your degree take you?

Our team has long-established connections with external organisations, including galleries, arts centres, libraries and literary festivals. Our students take their writing and research skills outside the classroom through work placements, volunteering and devising projects for companies within our partnership network. We collaborate with organisations including the Broadway Media Centre, Bromley House Library, New Art Exchange, Nottingham Black Archive, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum, Five Leaves bookshop and Nottingham UNESCO World City of Literature.

Our curriculum balances a solid grounding in the discipline with personal development planning and employability skills, preparing our graduates to enter a wide variety of careers

Our recent graduates have secured jobs in companies including:

  • British Government
  • English First
  • Nottingham Arts Theatre
  • Royal Association for Deaf People
  • Ikano Bank
  • ITV
  • Specsavers

They have secured a range of different roles including:

  • Copywriter
  • Editor
  • Social media and marketing manager
  • Communications officer
  • Journalists and reporter
  • Public Health consultant
  • English Language, Primary and Creative Writing teachers and tutor
  • Project manager

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