About the School of English and Languages

Formed in 2011, the School of English and Languages combines the academic disciplines of English literature, creative writing, modern languages, linguistics, intercultural communications, and translation studies.  

As a School we are interested in texts and languages in a global context. Our focus is on understanding how texts and languages work across national boundaries, how they function, and how they interact.

The School provides a stimulating new environment for a number of subject areas that have a long history at the University of Surrey, including modern languages and English language teaching. We are home to two internationally-renowned research centres, The Surrey Morphology Group and the Centre for Translation Studies. Both of these centres bring together teams of world-leading researchers and have outstanding track records in grant capture from a range of funding bodies, including the European Union, ERC, AHRC, and ESRC.  

In contrast to other more established parts of the School, English literature and creative writing were only introduced by the University of Surrey as degree subjects in 2008. Research and teaching in these areas are at the cutting edge of the disciplines and focus in particular on transnational literary studies, and on understanding English literature in its international contexts. The School is committed to building close collaborations between researchers and teachers working in the fields of literature, modern languages, linguistics and intercultural communication.

As a School we offer a range of innovative and exciting undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in English literature, creative writing, modern languages, intercultural communications, and translation studies. The professional training and placement year is a key aspect of our provision, and is compulsory in our modern languages degree programmes.

Within the School we also offer the flagship Global Graduate Award, which gives all students in the University the opportunity to study a language, no matter what their degree scheme. Also included in our remit is a range of other language courses, including pre-sessional English language courses, English for University Study, language courses for the local community, and IELTS courses. The School is an IELTS test centre.

Professor Diane Watt, Head of School of English and Languages

English and Languages Alumni

The School’s alumni are engaged in a range of professions across the world. Almost 3,000 have registered with Forever Surrey, the University’s graduate network.

88% of the School’s graduates live in the UK and the remaining 12% live in 55 other countries.

The five most common professions among the School’s alumni are:

1) Director
2) Solicitor
3) Translator
4) Teacher
5) Lecturer

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