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League Tables

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 seminar

Wednesday 16th April

Time: 5.15pm 
Title: ‘Modern and Contemporary Research in Progress Seminar’. 
Speakers: Dr Peter Mackay and Dr Christina Alt (University of St Andrews)

Complete research seminar programme

Queen's Poetry Medal for Professor Douglas Dunn

Douglas Dunn receives the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry thumbnailProfessor Douglas Dunn, emeritus Professor and former Head of the School of English, has received the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry 2013 in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in recognition of his lifetime contribution to literature. Committee chair and poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy described Professor Dunn as one of "the greatest poets Scotland has produced". The School's Professor Don Paterson holds the Queen's 2009 Gold Medal for Poetry.

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