An internationally-acclaimed department

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 ENGL1001 Literature: Medieval to Modern or ENGL1021 Creative Writing I: An Introduction, you will be guided by internationally-recognised English professors and experienced, highly trained tutors.

Research and teaching-focussed

The department’s research focuses on four primary clusters:

  • written and visual cultures in Australia
  • the English literary tradition
  • world literature
  • 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 our teaching and research training.

Flexible learning, supported by a cross-disciplinary approach

Our small class sizes are conducive to collaboration: 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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Last updated: 17 Dec 2019