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Five reasons to study English

For those considering a degree in English but need further convincing, we lend our expertise. Here are five compelling reasons to study this subject area.

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1. Transferable skills

English graduates have a wide variety of career choices and gain the aptitude to work in almost any industry. Communication, writing, self-sufficiency and being able to understand how to investigate information are just some of the invaluable skills you’ll acquire.

2. Novels instead of textbooks

Most English courses cover the entire history of literature, from pre-Chaucer to postmodernism, so you'll get to read some of the best books ever written.

3. Combined courses

English departments usually offer a number of dual honours degrees. Broaden your studies by combining with another subject of your choice, such as business, psychology, a modern language, philosophy or creative writing.

4. Opportunity to study abroad

English is a very international area and offers a variety of modules that can be studied abroad. It’s becoming common for universities to offer a year abroad as part of the course, so you could tailor a degree to your travelling aspirations.

5. Good graduate prospects

Just order our English subject table by the graduate prospects column and you’ll see that students enjoy a good chance of ending up in a professional job within six months of graduating.

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