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Seven Reasons to Study English

For those considering a degree in this area, but need further convincing, the Complete University Guide lends its expertise. Here are the top seven reasons to study an English degree:

1. Transferable skills

With no one obvious path post graduation for those who study English, they can rest assured the transferable skills of their degree are in high demand. Skills include understanding how to investigate and obtain information, communication, writing ability, and self sufficiency – just to name a few. English graduates have a wide variety of career choices and will gain the aptitude required to work in almost any industry.

2. Reading novels instead of textbooks

By studying English, students get the opportunity to spend time with some of the best writing ever done by humanity. Most courses cover the entire history of written literature, from pre-Chaucer to postmodernism, so you're going to find at least one book you'll enjoy.

3. Combined courses

English departments usually offer a number dual honours degrees meaning you’ll be able to combine a literary or linguistic education with another passion of yours, or explore two strands of learning in our language in greater detail. Use our Course Chooser to see if there's an English degree combined with another subject of your choice.

4. Opportunity to study abroad

English is, despite the name, a very international area and this is reflected in the variety of modules students are able to select if they want to study abroad. Students can tailor their degree according to aspirations of travelling the world, or keep their interest in the written word alight.

5. Creative options

Even if you don't choose an out and out creative writing degree at university, the opportunities for self expression abound more on English courses than in any other academic subject. Most courses offer a chance to do a creative writing module, or a dual honours course. 

6. Work in the community

Many English degrees allow the student to explore local literature in the region, or of the nation if studying in Scotland, Ireland, the US and so on. Some also allow the student to find their own examples and stories to tell in the modern community. You'll find this in no other discipline.

7. Good graduate prospects

Just order our English subject table by ‘Graduate Prospects’ and you’ll see that students enjoy a pretty good chance of ending up in professional jobs within six months of graduating.