School of English

Poet Laureate

Professor of Poetry, Simon Armitage has been appointed as the UK's 21st Poet Laureate

Poet Laureate and Professor of Poetry Simon Armitage.

34th in the world for English Language and Literature

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019

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School of English

Welcome to the School of English, where a long and distinguished history meets innovative teaching and research. We’re a diverse and supportive community characterised by our curiosity, creativity, and academic excellence. Together we explore a rich variety of subject areas, producing research of national and international significance.

As a student in our School, you’ll benefit from our wide-ranging expertise and pioneering research will be at the heart of your studies. With our extensive resources, specialist facilities, and supportive staff members you’ll have everything you need to become a confident and independent scholar.

We are also home to the University of Leeds Poetry Centre which combines research, teaching and public engagement to inspire excellence in the creative practice and study of poetry.

Studying with us

Discover the incredible breadth of English literature, language, theatre and creative writing. Tailor your studies or combine them with another subject to suit your interests.

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Explore your interests in greater depth and develop your own academic identity. Blend specialist taught modules with independent research, and gain advanced transferable skills.

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Undertake extensive independent research and make a valuable contribution to your chosen field. Gain in-depth knowledge and benefit from dedicated development opportunities.

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Top 10

University for research power in the UK

Research Excellence Framework 2014


in the UK for English

The Complete University Guide 2020

Top 40

in the world for English Language and Literature

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019