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English Literature and Creative Writing

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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 Manchester.

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Manchester Central Library was the country's first public lending library opened in 1852 by Charles Dickens. 

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.  


  • 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, critical and creative thinker, and persuasive writer.
  • Enjoy close links with American Studies and the highly-rated Centre for New Writing.
  • MA courses offering world-class research resources and a stimulating intellectual environment.

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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