English courses at Salford

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Are you passionate about literature, creative writing or exploring the origins of language? Maybe you see your future in the world of drama and performance? Wherever your interests lie, an English degree from the University of Salford has you covered.

When you study an English course with us, you’ll be taught by expert tutors with a vast array of experience, based at a green campus close to the cultural benefits of Salford and Manchester. And you won’t just be a number, you’ll be taught in small groups which provide the opportunity for meaningful discussion with your tutors and peers.

You’ll be able to specialise in the areas of English that interest you and at the end of it all, you’ll graduate with a portfolio of work and the confidence you’ll need to make an impact from day one of your new career.

Read on to find out where English at Salford could take you.

Got a question? We're always here to help support you and answer any queries you may have. Get in touch with our friendly team by emailing enquiries@salford.ac.uk or phone +44 (0)161 295 4545.

Did you know?


From content creators to academics to authors, an English course from us prepares you for the working world, whatever your career choice.


Our graduates and alumni have secured creative placements and jobs at The Co-Op, The Home Office, The Telegraph and more.


You'll develop the transferable skills that employers are looking for.

English courses FAQs

What's the English and creative writing scene like in Greater Manchester?

We're proud that Greater Manchester's English and creative writing sector is etched on the world map. Greater Manchester has produced iconic writers such as Francis Hodgson Burnett, Thomas De Quincey, Howard Jacobson, Elizabeth Gaskell, and dystopian novelist Anthony Burgess. Salford has produced talents such as Joseph Knox. 

Do you have any social channels I can follow you on?

The English department have a Instagram, Twitter and Facebook account you can follow so you can see the great things our staff get up to. 

How can I best prepare for my studies at the University of Salford?

If you're taking one of our degrees with Creative Writing in the title, our tutor David Savill (a famous published novelist) recommends that you keep working on your writing, so you have a readymade store of work to draw on in your first year workshops.

If you're taking a degree with drama in the title, Szilvi Naray-Davey (actress, translator and programme leader for Drama) recommends that you try your best to take in as many plays as you can, whether in person or online.

If you're taking a degree with Literature in the title, you should focus on the writing that makes you happy - there is space for a personal, focused project in the final year dissertation.

If you're taking a degree with Language in the title, listen for the language all around you - whether that's children in your family learning their first words or different accents you encounter. Start noticing language in the world and note down anything you find interesting so your expert tutors can explain it.

What career pathways have Salford graduates followed?

You may be asking 'what can you do with an English degree?' Our students go into so many wonderful careers: writing, public relations, teaching, journalism, academia. The exciting thing about English is that it gives you the skills for the jobs of the future. Your communication skills will set you up to be a flexible, independent thinker who can deal with the changing nature of work in the twenty-first century. We also offer an internship at a publishing house as well as other opportunities.

You can find more details of these opportunities here.

How are students supported as they progress from college level study to university level?

We offer a free writing course to all of our students called Wordscope, which focuses on helping you to develop your writing skills, easing the transition from college to university. By participating in this course, you can learn to tackle common writing problems such as punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraphing.

For more information, you can take a look at the Wordscope webpage.

When can we expect our timetables?

Personalised timetables are sent to students when they register in September. We try our best to keep your timetable sensible and avoid you being in every day of the week. There are no lectures on a Wednesday afternoon then so that students can participate in clubs, societies and extracurricular activities.

You will have nine in-class hours a week, which will be a mix of lectures, seminars and workshops - alongside drop-in office hours and personal tutor meetings.


Confused about accommodation? Unsure how you’ll pay for university? We know there’s a lot to consider and it can all be a bit confusing. That’s why we’ve pulled together all the information you’ll need before you apply on our Pre-Applicant Hub, so you can get the whole picture.


We invest heavily in our facilities to ensure you have everything you need during your studies, meaning you'll graduate with a working knowledge of the practical concepts that you'll be faced with day to day. We've got ambitious plans for the future too and our campus continues to evolve and grow. You can see the library below that all our students can access. 



We're always here to help support you and answer any queries you may have about an English degree. Get in touch with our friendly team by emailing enquiries@salford.ac.uk, phoning +44 (0)161 295 4545 or using the form below.