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English Language and Literature Degrees

Whether you’re captivated by Chaucer’s Middle English poetics, obsessed with the colonial subtext in the novels of Joseph Conrad, or take a keen linguistic interest in the rap music of Snoop Dogg, you’ve come to the right place. This guide is all about what to expect from English language and literature degrees, including English topics you may be able to specialize in, opportunities for a journalism career, teaching career, or careers in the arts and humanities sectors, as well as the key skills you will pick up along the way.

Key Skills

Common skills gained from an English degree include:

  • Ability to critique and analyze a broad range of materials
  • Ability to communicate ideas and theories
  • Awareness of different theoretical schools and approaches to literary criticism
  • Leading and participating in discussions
  • Ability to work within a team to develop and present ideas
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Correct use of academic citations and referencing
  • Ability to develop independent understanding of texts, concepts and theories
  • Academic research skills
  • Ability to work to independently
  • Time management and organization skills
  • Creative skills
  • Essay planning and writing skills
  • Basic IT skills
  • Knowledge of how language and literature has evolved and trends that have emerged through time