English Literature and Creative Writing

Through literature and writing, our academics and students look beneath the surface in search of deeper truths – about our world, about our times, about ourselves.

Our programmes are ranked number one in the 2016 National Student Survey and top ten by the Guardian University Guide 2018 and The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017

Our English Literature and Creative Writing courses

Undergraduate courses

Postgraduate Study (Taught)

Postgraduate Study (Research)

Why study English Literature and Creative Writing at Surrey?

Monica Ali – Distinguished Writer in Residence 2016

Read our Q&A to learn more about the critically acclaimed author’s role at Surrey and discover her top tips for aspiring creative writers.

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Why I chose English literature

Katie Sands, a second-year BA English Literature student, reveals why she came to Surrey and what she enjoys most about the course.

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The University staff are inspirational because they encourage and motivate you to work hard, meet deadlines and be more creative and open in discussing your ideas – their enthusiasm for your work and the course is infectious.

Jack Probyn, BE (Hons) English Literature and Creative Writing

Your future in English literature and creative writing

Surrey English Blog

Discover the blog for English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Surrey

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New ideas, new worlds and new experiences

Discover how English literature can open your mind and a wealth of future career opportunities.

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Why Surrey?

Why we chose Surrey

Our students explain why they decided to come to Surrey and share what they love about living and studying here.

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Surrey in a single word

We challenged our students to sum up the University of Surrey using just one word.

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2,300+ partner organisations

Over the past five years, more than 2,300 partner organisations have worked with us to give students valuable experience in the professional environment.

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