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Undergraduate subject


12 October 2023
Studying English opens up worlds and times beyond our experience, helping us understand – and question – our own social, natural, and technological environments.




Studying literature opens up worlds and times beyond our experience, helping us understand and reflect on our own history, society, and identity. It builds core skills for study, career, and daily life.


What will my study involve?

  • Learn how to analyse texts, write clearly and creatively, debate and critique effectively, and how literature adapts to cultural and historical influences.
  • Chance to create your own fictional or non-fictional works, from poetry to novels to essays in a variety of different courses.
  • Alongside courses on the novel, theatre, and 20th century literature, we also offer courses in fields such as children’s literature, human-animal studies, and popular fiction (including science fiction, horror, and fantasy).



For the major in the Bachelor of Arts, complete the following courses:



ENGL201 The Essay and Beyond: Creative Non-Fiction is recommended.


English minor

For the minor in the Bachelor of Arts, Commerce, Digital Screen, Health Sciences, Product Design, Science, Social and Environmental Sustainability, Sport, or Youth and Community Leadership, complete the following courses:



Career opportunities

Reading, analysing, and critiquing skills are useful in a huge range of occupations, including journalism, law, communications, publications, and even digital spaces. University studies may open the way towards creating your own works and becoming a published author.

Career pathways could include:

  • digital media and communications
  • reporting
  • publishing and editing
  • advertising and content writing.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree in English.

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