English at Brunel is ranked 8th in the UK and 2nd in London (The Guardian 2018)
Storytelling is a fundamental human activity. Every day, we exchange jokes and anecdotes. The important events in our lives need to be told and retold many times over. We tell and read stories for pleasure and information. We also read to gain a better understanding of ourselves and the world around us.
If you’re ready to explore more widely, think more deeply and consider how you, as a reader, are placed in relation to a text – and how that affects your interpretation – you’ve come to the right place. A Brunel English degree will foster your imagination, independence of thought and intellectual flexibility – transferable personal skills that employers value in graduates.
The course is taught by highly qualified staff who are actively engaged in research, scholarship or professional practice. The Creative Writing department is unique in its industry focus. You’ll have the chance to hear from professional authors. We also run the Writers Series, which brings leading authors to our campus. If you select our joint English and Film and Television Studies course you’ll benefit from our extensive contacts in film and television production, distribution and exhibition in London, as well as in media public relations and marketing.
Right from the start you’ll be introduced to critical perspectives, approaches and contexts which will give you the tools to interrogate your reading. Ours is an exciting, dynamic, wide-ranging course with plenty of flexibility for you to follow your own individual tastes and literary passions. While we include modules from the Renaissance to the present day, our English BA is much more than a chronological or historical study of English Literature. You’ll also develop analytical, time-management, personal and collaborative communication skills. The programme is directed towards the world at large with personal development and employability at its heart across all three years. In addition, it concerns itself with the relation of literature to real world problems both contemporary and historical. Finally, ours is a 21st century teaching philosophy both in terms of innovative use of technology to enhance learning and in analysing the impact technology is having on knowledge, culture and literature.
English at Brunel is geared towards employability and the world beyond academia. All students can opt to take a four-year English sandwich course, which includes a year-long placement in an industry of your choice. If this is not quite what you are looking for you can instead take one of the third year employability modules that we offer to all English students. In addition, each year every student is required to participate in personal development and employability events especially tailored for English students. The study discipline, research skills and ability to shape large amounts of information into engaging arguments make our English graduates very attractive to future employers. Many Brunel graduates go into teaching or media-related jobs like publishing, marketing and journalism. Others go into the business world as account executives, campaign organisers and consultants.