University of Surrey opens English department to cater for high demand for new English course

Thursday 24 July 2008

The University of Surrey is to set up a new English department to coincide with the launch of its first English degree this September.

The new department will incorporate courses in English Literature and English Language and two Masters in International Communication, as well as the University’s world class morphology research group. The move follows the successful application process for the new English degree which includes courses in English Literature, with the opportunity to study a combined degree with creative writing, international communication, French or Spanish.

English students will also be offered the opportunity to complete a year in industry. Placements for the first student intake, who will be due to begin this year in September 2010, are currently being confirmed across a range of areas reflecting the skills gained during the degree. These include education, media and PR, events and the arts.

In addition, the new department will work in collaboration with the Surrey Centre for Excellence in Professional Training and Education (SCEPTrE) to maintain a focus on enquiry based learning, skills building and work experience throughout the degree in order to better prepare students for the world of work.

"We have received a large number of applications to the new English courses and are excited to be able to welcome these students in September to this new department," commented Marion Wynne-Davies, Professor of English and Head of Department. "The provision of both a placement year and the focus on enquiry based learning will enable us to continue to build on the University’s reputation for producing employable graduates and providing them with the skills needed to enjoy successful employment."

Media Enquiries

Peter La, Press Office at the University of Surrey, Tel: +44 (0)1483 689191, or Email

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