About us

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The School of Critical Studies reflects a core commitment to criticism, textual interpretation, and the analysis of language, over diverse but inter-related subject areas. We have a long history of excellence in research and teaching, confirmed by recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) and Departmental Learning and Teaching review (DPTLA) results, and are committed to continuing that tradition.

Theology has been taught in Glasgow University since its inception in 1451, and now embraces the diversity of Judaeo-Christian traditions, religious or secularized, as well as Islam and other world faiths. 

English literature has been taught in Glasgow since Adam Smith's lectures in the 1750s and is one of the oldest and most prestigious university programmes in the UK. Courses cover the whole range of anglophone literary studies, including American and Irish literature, postcolonialism, and creative writing.

English Language and Linguistics, founded as a separate discipline in 1948, offers a uniquely comprehensive programme of study in English historical linguistics, medieval English studies, Scots, and Modern English language and linguistics.

Scottish literature was established in 1971, recognising that the subject demanded a specific focus and investment, and remains unique in offering a full Honours degree in Scottish writing, as well as in combination with other subjects.

Our range of undergraduate degree programmes is wide and varied, and our College entry system allows those choosing to study at the University of Glasgow to benefit from the opportunity of combined degree, as well as single Honours courses.

The School has a vibrant research environment with world leading researchers and library facilities: with over 260 students, its postgraduate programme is overall one of the largest in the UK, recognised by success in competitive studentships.