Department of English

Department of English

Department of English

"Proud to be a major sponsor of the Sydney Writers' Festival"


English literature explores universal themes and values integral to understanding both historical and modern living. Studying English Literature or Creative Writing allows us to explore and inform our knowledge of cultural and literary history, and enhances our our ability to express ourselves meaningfully.

Macquarie University’s Department of English strives to broaden your reading and your understanding of the way literature works. Access opportunities that explore how language is used and the cross-cultural contexts of various forms of literature.

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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. Students explore and discuss in their cultural and critical contexts texts including novels, drama, creative writing, life writing, visual texts, and film.

Texts, writing and literature are part of contemporary culture, but with deep, historical roots. Students can travel back in time and study developments that examine culture through medieval texts, the works of Shakespeare, and Victorian literature, amongst many others.

Students can also examine contemporary Australian writing, as well as world literature in English. Additionally, opportunities for discussion around children’s literature, folk tales and non-literary texts open up further learning outcomes. 

Integral to understanding literature on a larger scale, the Department’s research focuses on four primary clusters: written and visual cultures in Australia; the English literary tradition; children’s literature; and creative writing. These projects ensure our academics are at the forefront cultural changes, innovations and new forms of thinking.

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 sought-after skills in communication, evaluation and analysis that give them the flexibility and capacity for clear thinking valued by many employers.

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

The Department also partners with major literary events including the Sydney Writers' Festival and the Emerging Writers' Festival which creates opportunities for students to gain valuable industry experience.

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