The ability to access and communicate language is as essential as the ability to analyse and interpret data.

Today's workplace demands a trained, disciplined, flexible mind. The study of English Literature gives this, together with two of the most highly prized skills in a world that is full of words - the abilities to read perceptively and to write purposefully and persuasively.

Skills that the study of English Literature develops

  • Communication - to understand and communicate complex ideas and information through written work and oral presentations
  • Critical thinking - the ability to think in the abstract, to think laterally and approach problems with an open mind
  • Writing and Editing
  • Analysis and evaluation
  • Research
  • Creativity

Where English Literature graduates work

While some graduates work directly in literature and language, by teaching English or entering the publishing field, career opportunities are diverse and include:

  • Public sector
  • Policy Analysis
  • Ministerial writers
  • Business/financial sector
  • Human resources
  • Education sector
  • Library and information management
  • Advertising
  • Journalism
  • Public relations
  • Media,online content and publishing
  • Theatre, film and media
  • Professional writing
  • Creative industries
  • Museums and art galleries

For more information about career possibilities with a degree in English Literature see English Career View and the School of English, Film, Theatre and Media Studies.