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English at Lincoln

English students at Lincoln question identity and representation in literature in a quest to understand the pivotal role it plays in society.

Our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes of study explore a lively and varied collection of texts, from Shakespeare to postmodernism to contemporary literature. Students engage with the traditional canon of English literature – the Victorian novel and Romantic poetry – as well as more marginalised literary genres, such as graphic novels and African literature.

English academics are currently engaged in research that spans six centuries, three continents and countless genres. There are particular strengths in 21st Century literature, 19th Century studies, drama and utopia. All our students are encouraged to undertake their own research, working alongside academics on projects that are often published in academic journals and presented at conferences.

Undergraduate Study

Postgraduate Study

Studying English at the University of Lincoln is the best decision I have ever made. The texts, the ways of reading and the new ideas I have discovered are amazing.

Catherine Parry, BA (Hons) English student


The School of English and Journalism offers specialist facilities, professional-standard equipment and unique local resources for students to develop their skills in preparation for their future career. 

  • The University of Lincoln’s award-winning Great Central Warehouse Library is open 24/7 during busy periods. Resources include books, ebooks, print and electronic journals, as well as databases and specialist collections. Expert staff can help you to navigate resources and deliver training in software programmes, statistics and referencing. 
  • Our partnership with Lincoln Cathedral gives students access to its libraries which house a remarkable collection of medieval manuscripts and rare books including a manuscript of The Canterbury Tales.   
  • Students are also able to consult the specialist archives of the Tennyson Research Centre - the most significant collection on Alfred, Lord Tennyson in the world. It holds letters and drafts of work by the Victorian poet. 
  • Lincoln Castle, built in 1068, houses an original 1215 Magna Carta and 1217 Charter of the Forest.  

Students studying a manuscript

Industry Experts: Carol Ann Duffy

Dame Carol Ann Duffy is the first woman to hold the post of Poet Laureate in its nearly 350-year history, and was appointed in 2009 for a ten-year fixed term. At Lincoln, Carol Ann is currently a Visiting Artist, giving lectures as well as speaking to students and alumni.

The University of Lincoln and the College of Arts welcomes high-profile individuals from all over the world to speak at our prestigious Great Lives public lecture series. Our students, staff and members of the public can benefit from guest lectures by Visiting Professors and Lecturers recognised as leaders in their field.