Why study here?

Study the full historical breadth and depth of English Literature and be part of a thriving community of students, lecturers and writers at The University of Manchester, based in the heart of a UNESCO City of Literature.

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You'll be studying at one of the UK's top five institutions for English.

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From the Anglo-Saxon period to American literary and cultural studies, from the Renaissance to the contemporary, you'll explore written forms ranging from illuminated manuscripts to graphic novels, from poetry to postmodern fiction.  

English Literature and Creative Writing at Manchester is a thriving community of students, lecturers and writers which boasts internationally recognised specialists working across the full spectrum of the subject area.

Manchester is ranked 24th in the world for English language and literature, according to the QS World University Rankings 2020.


  • Explore more than a thousand years' worth of literature and culture.
  • Attend workshops led by some of the most adventurous poets, novelists, and writers in the UK.
  • Teaching by specialists working at the cutting edge of research in their fields.
  • Become an independent researcher, a critical and creative thinker, and a persuasive writer.
  • Enjoy close links with American Studies and the highly-rated Centre for New Writing.
  • Study on MA courses offering world-class research resources and a stimulating intellectual environment.
  • Learn in a city that has produced some of the world's greatest writers and has a thriving literature and arts scene, including major events like the Manchester Literature Festival.
  • Become the best you can be by participating in Stellify for true personal and professional growth.

Careers and employability

Study English Literature and Creative Writing at Manchester and you will develop transferable skills that can be applied to many roles and industries. 

The University of Manchester is also the most targeted university in the UK for top graduate employers, according to High Fliers Research.

Learn more on the Careers and employability page.

Find out more

Watch the videos below to find out more about English Literature and Creative Writing at The University of Manchester. 


    What I enjoyed most about studying English Literature at Manchester is its ability to interact with a great breadth of diverse and wonderful subjects, be they sociological, theoretical, psychological, economic or political. Not only do we analyse brilliant (and notable) literary and cultural texts, but we also study their contextual significance through a critical lens.

    Maeve O’Sullivan / BA (Hons) English Literature