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The School of English has been ranked fifth overall in the UK in the most recent Times and Guardian league tables

English postgraduates

Friendly and intellectually stimulating

Friendly, supportive and intellectually stimulating environment and a wide range of postgraduate research topics to choose from.

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Expertise in all periods of English and Scottish literature

Thirty-one permanent staff members with expertise in all fields and periods of English and Scottish literature.

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Innovative teaching

The first Scottish University to offer a degree in Creative Writing


THE World University RankingsThe study of English at the University of St Andrews has a long and distinguished history that is sustained in the scholarly, critical, and creative dynamism of today's School of English. In the present day, the School enjoys an international reputation as a centre for both academic research and literary creativity. In the 2008 RAE, the School had 70% of its research and writing rated as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'. The School's richest inheritance, however, is its collegiality: we pride ourselves on our friendliness, and on our common enthusiasm for great literature.

Upcoming event

Wednesday 15th October

‘A Perfect Storm: The Nature of Consciousness on Salisbury Plain’ 
Professor Heidi Thomson
(Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand)

Thursday 16th October

The Bagley Wright Lecture: ‘Meaningfulness’ 
Timothy Donnelly

Fragments and Living Monuments: Mary Wollstonecraft, 1759-1797
Bell Pettigrew Museum
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Don Paterson Smith thumbnailGuide to the poetry of Michael Donaghy by Professor Don Paterson

Smith: A Reader's Guide to the Poetry of Michael Donaghy, written by Professor Don Paterson, is published this month by Picador. This is the first substantial critical work to be written on Donaghy, and coincides with the tenth anniversary of Donaghy's death, and the publication of the new paperback edition of his Collected Poems.

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