School of English

Your story starts here

English at Birmingham City University is a subject that encompasses the study of literature, language, drama and creative writing. Ours is a community where each individual is empowered to shape their learning, research and practice in creative, innovative and thought-provoking ways. We are ambitious in our creative and critical practice, in challenging convention and in developing an inclusive curriculum that reflects the distinctiveness of our students.

The School of English takes full advantage of its location in Birmingham. We are committed to developing strong links with employers in the city and the West Midlands. Several language and creative writing modules have explicit employer and industry engagement, where you’ll work in collaboration with employers and partners over the course of a semester and be encouraged to adopt industry-standard practices to facilitate connections and links independently with external organisations.

Foundation courses

Our Foundation Years offer you an additional year of study to ensure successful progression to your chosen degree.

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Undergraduate courses

Find out about our range of undergraduate courses, including English and Journalism, and English and Creative Writing.

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Postgraduate courses

Take a look at our postgraduate options at the School of English.

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About us

An English degree can open up a whole world of possibilities, from drama and screenwriting, to fast-track graduate schemes and presenting on the radio. Join us at an Open Day and discover where an English degree could take you.

Open Days

The best way to explore what's on offer is to come and see us in person at one of our Open Days.

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Our Blog

Check out our blog where we share our experiences, stories and the latest news from the School.

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Our Facilities

Take a look around some of the facilities, studios and workshops that you’ll have access to.

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Institute of Creative and Critical Writing

The ICCW enriches our creative writing programme through a series of masterclasses and guest author seminars.

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94% of research in English at BCU was judged to be either world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) in REF2021.

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Stories started here

Sumaiyya Ravat

My story started at a young age. The passion and emotion I felt for reading at a young age lead me to studying English. 

Sumaiyya's story

Kseniia Yakutina

My story started in Ukraine, but Birmingham became my new home because of the war. BCU allowed me to continue my passion for English.

Kseniia's story

Shirley Harding

My story started when I lost my husband of over fifty years. Grief inspired me to relight my passion for writing and English.

Shirley's story

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Find your home from home at BCU. We offer eight halls of residence options, ranging from on-campus to inner-city living. You can take a virtual tour of each accommodation option to find the one for you.

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Read our admission FAQs to get your application questions answered. If your question isn’t covered, we have all the details of how to get in touch.

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Student Support

From disability and mental health support to CV and job interview training, BCU ensures you have all you need during your time here – and beyond – to succeed and flourish in your studies and career.

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Social Media

Follow our social media channels and discover more about life at BCU, including what the University and city will offer you if you study here.

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Open Days

When possible, the best way to explore what's on offer is to come and see us in person, and we host a number of Open Days throughout the year. Come and be taught by our trailblazing academics and study in our innovative £340m facilities.

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