English Literature

English Literature

In the top 50 of the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject, for English Language & Literature.  A 5 star + rating.

English Literature at the University of Glasgow is one of the oldest and most dynamic centres for the study of Anglophone literatures in the world, founded in 1861 with the institution of the Regius Chair in English Language and Literature, a post currently held by Professor Nigel Leask.

With over 1300 students in our care, we take pride in the diversity of our cohort and the commitment to maintaining the highest standards in delivering our exciting programmes. We place research-led teaching at the heart of our mission.  Our students explore all aspects of literature in English from the medieval period onwards, benefitting from the staff’s expertise in a wide range of areas, which include:

  • Scottish, American, Irish and postcolonial literatures
  • the relationship between literature and the visual arts
  • theory and textuality
  • poetics and politics
  • medical humanities
  • science and material culture.
  • our creative writing programme  is renowned both in the UK and internationally. 

Our Honours finalists in 2015-16 gave us an overall satisfaction score of 98% in the National Student Survey. The research carried out in our department was also recognised in the 2014 REF when we were ranked first in Scotland and third in the UK (after Oxford and Cambridge) for ‘research power’ (the measure of research excellence in relation to the numbers of staff returned to the exercise). This result places Glasgow English firmly within the top 4% of institutions in the UK.

We host one of the UK’s largest postgraduate¬†communities, with 80 students on our literature and Creative Writing M.Litt. Programmes, and over 60 PhD researchers working on a wide range of English Literature and interdisciplinary projects. 

World class resources

Our staff and students benefit from access to the University’s formidable range of archival resources, such as:

  • the world-class Hunterian Collection
  • and the University Library’s Special Collections, with strengths in the 18th- and 19th-centuries, travel, illuminated manuscripts and significant single-author holdings (Edwin Morgan, R.D. Laing, D.S. MacColl),
  • as well as Glasgow’s numerous public collections, libraries and museums.

We are proud to represent the legacy of this ancient civic institution and its continued contribution to the great city of Glasgow and the world.

Dr Vassiliki Kolocotroni [Head of English Literature]