Department of English

Department of English

Department of English

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Why Study English or Creative Writing?

Studying English Literature or Creative Writing allows students to explore and inform their knowledge of cultural history, and enhances their ability to express themselves with clarity, purpose and meaning.

The study of literature teaches the vital skill of thinking critically and creatively about the world and the texts that shape it, providing students with the tools to make sense of the political, cultural and historical forces, past and present, that are intrinsic to literary reading and writing.

An internationally-acclaimed department

Ranked within the top two per cent of similar departments internationally, Macquarie’s Department of English delivers research-driven teaching across a wide range of texts and topics from the medieval era to the digital age. This high ranking extends to Creative Writing as well as to English Literature, with award-winning novelists, poets, short story and non-fiction writers prominent in offered units and public events.

English Literature and Creative Writing at Macquarie is taught by passionate, published scholars in these fields. All lecturers and tutors have a PhD as a minimum standard, and design and teach their own units. University-level English and Creative Writing teaches you how to think critically, analyse shrewdly, assess narratives, and express yourself clearly in ways that permanently enhance your employability.

Prospective students can be confident that a major in English Literature or Creative Writing (or both) will vastly improve their understanding of the written word. This study extends from books, films, essays, graphic novels, and digital texts to the development of their own advanced writing and communication skills.

From your first classes in ENGL120 Approaches to English Literature, you will be guided by internationally-recognised English professors and experienced, highly trained tutors.

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Research and Teaching focussed Department

The Department’s research focuses on four primary clusters: written and visual cultures in Australia, the English literary tradition, world literature, and creative practice. These projects ensure our academics are at the forefront of cultural changes, innovations and new forms of thinking. Our professional networks stretch around the world and situate the study of English literature within a global context.

Researchers in the Department are world leaders in their fields, and publish widely across literary studies and creative writing. This expertise informs teaching and research training. for Masters of Research and Higher Degree Research programs. How to apply: (please note the specific English Requirements for Higher Degree Research in English and Creative Writing IELTS is a  7.0 overall (with minimum 6.5 in Reading, 7.0 in Writing, 6.5 in Listening, 6.5 in Speaking) or equivalent.

Flexible learning, supported by a cross-disciplinary approach

Our small class sizes are conducive to collaboration and individual instruction by the Department’s expert teaching staff ensures a high quality learning experience. Students acquire advanced skills in communication, resourcefulness and analysis that give them the capacity for critical and creative thinking, which is valued in the text-saturated workplaces of today.

Cross-disciplinary study options are also available. Students can combine their studies in English with other academic areas across the humanities, creative industries, philosophy, history, media, cultural studies and international studies, and beyond.

The Department of English partners with major literary events, including the Sydney Writers' Festival and the Emerging Writers' Festival, and offers an internship program to foster valuable industry experience. The Department also publishes its own creative writing journal The Quarry which trains students in team-based publishing practices.

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