The English Department is one of the largest and liveliest in the university. We have 20 members of staff, and over 1000 undergraduate students. We have an average of 45 students enrolled in our taught MA programmes each year, and currently have 38 PhD students. In addition, each semester we welcome over 250 students from overseas.

The Department has an active research staff engaged in projects across the full range of literary history, from medieval and early modern to contemporary. Particular research strengths lie in Chaucerian studies, theatre, Irish studies, women's writing, editing, post/colonial studies, travel, and periodical literature. The Department is committed to integrating its research interests and its teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, in particular through its three taught MA programmes and its contributions to multi-disciplinary programmes. There are currently 38 doctoral students and their work concentrates on the areas of theatre history and policy; a digital edition of the works of Thomas Moore; Irish nationalist culture; book history; medieval concepts of chivalry; eighteenth-century and modern poetry. The Department works closely with the Centre for the Study of Human Settlement and Historical Change, and mentors four post-doctoral researchers in Irish writing; literary journalism; cinema; and periodical literature.

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