English and Literature

Text and works of literature are all around us, from books and plays to magazines and digital communications. Studying English or Literature helps you to learn how to analyse these works and find their meanings – a great skill valued in many career professions. English and Literature is made up of a wide range of areas such as linguistics, creative writing, language and cognition, and English language and its central role in society.

On English and Literature courses at the University of Stirling you can study literary works from the medieval period to the present day, as well as learning about linguistics, developing your creative writing skills and delving into the history of the English language.

English and Literature courses

Courses labelled are available for online study only.

Undergraduate courses
CourseStart date
BA (Hons) English StudiesJanuary 2023, September 2023, January 2024
Postgraduate courses
CourseStart date
MLitt Creative WritingSeptember 2022, September 2023
MSc English Language and LinguisticsSeptember 2022, September 2023


We offer a variety of scholarship and funding options to help you finance your studies at the University of Stirling.

Undergraduate scholarships

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Postgraduate scholarships

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infographic: Top 5 in Scotland

Top 5 in Scotland

for English and Creative Writing

The Guardian University Guide 2022

infographic: Top 5 in the UK

Top 5 in the UK

for English

Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

Graduate careers in English and Literature

English and Literature courses at the University of Stirling provide you with a solid grounding for a wide range of positions. Many of our graduates go on to careers in areas such as:

  • Teaching
  • Publishing
  • Marketing, advertising and public relations
  • Journalism
  • Civil service
  • Creative arts

Others have gone into specialist areas like linguistic consultancy and speech therapy.

Former English Studies graduates from the University of Stirling include novelists Iain Banks and Alan Bissett, journalist Grace Dent and Scottish poet laureate Jackie Kay MBE.


University of Stirling Creative Writing Society – this student society gets together to discuss their works, gain new ideas, and write.

English and Literature research

Research in English and Literature at the University of Stirling encompasses creative practice and the study of global literatures, languages and cultures from the medieval period to the present day. The research interests of expert academic staff cut across other disciplines within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and include:

Postgraduate research opportunities

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities offers a diverse range of opportunities for research students interested in pursuing a PhD by research, publication or by practice. See our English and Literature PhD and MPhil opportunities in:

International Centre for Gothic Studies

A research centre which interrogates the boundaries of the ‘Gothic’ in an international context.

Eighteenth Century Studies

An interdisciplinary research community of Eighteenth Century scholars with diverse interests across the Long Eighteenth Century.