Facts & figures
English Language and Literature
- #1 in Australia
- #18 in the world
- 2023 QS World University rankings
Facts & figures
Placing first in Australia and 18th internationally in the 2023 QS World University rankings for English Language and Literature, our discipline is held in very high regard. With more than 30 full-time staff, we have one of the largest cohorts of academics specialising in English and Creative Writing.
Our lecturers have a broad range of expertise traversing genres, authors and historical periods in English literature and language, as well as Australian, American and Irish literatures, literary theory, film and television studies, writing and rhetorical studies, and creative writing.
Explore and develop your skills in fiction, non-fiction, poetry and other forms of writing. Gain a deep understanding of theories and histories of writing and develop the core skills of writing, structuring and editing. We give you intimate access to Sydney’s literary life, including a constant calendar of readings, performances, major literary and cultural events, and a host of celebrated visitors.
Bring together contemporary critical theory with literary narratives and investigate how and why literature remains an influential cultural form in the 21st century. Consider the ways in which the study of literature works within a specifically Australian cultural context and explore the expansion of literary and cultural narratives across a broad transnational framework.
English has a vital research culture and offers postgraduate supervision across an extensive range of areas. These include: Medieval and Early Modern Literature; Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Literature; Modern and Contemporary Literature; Australian and Aboriginal literature and culture; American literature and culture; British and Irish literature; world literatures; literary and cultural theories; studies in gender and sexuality; film and TV studies; scholarly editing and language studies; poetry, poetics, drama and the novel; rhetoric, aesthetics, hermeneutics and semantics; and creative writing.
Drawing from established research in a wide range of fields, in Writing Studies you will learn to combine various research methods including rhetorical, discourse and textual analysis to examine written, spoken and visual texts at various stages of production, from conception to transmission and consumption.
Through our leading researchers, we have have expertise across these areas:
Combining the experience and skills of academics and school teachers, the Shakespeare Reloaded/Better Strangers project develops fresh approaches to the teaching of Shakespeare, producing educational activities for the classroom, professional development workshops and the publication of research outputs on the theory and practice of pedagogy.
Visit the School's events calendar to see our upcoming events and seminars about English, literature, and creative writing.