English and Liberal Arts

We offer a unique, exciting, and ambitious range of English courses and a bespoke Liberal Arts degree, all taught by friendly and enthusiastic lecturers who are passionate about the subject and who are actively engaged in producing world-leading research.

93% of English students at Loughborough University were positive about the teaching on their course National Student Survey 2023*
7th in the UK for English Complete University Guide 2025
6th for Graduate Prospects in English Complete University Guide 2025
Top 20 in the UK for English Guardian University Guide 2024
Top 20 in the UK for English The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024

*based on data from the National Student Survey 2023. All underpinning survey responses that contribute to this can be found on the OfS website

English at Loughborough

Through our English degree modules, you will explore important works of English literature, analysing their historical and cultural contexts and asking crucial questions about how English both reflects and transforms the world around us. Our courses are designed to be interdisciplinary and wide-ranging, encompassing English literature and language, but also American literature, digital cultures, creative writing and film, so you can explore your particular interests.

On our Liberal Arts degree, you will be able to specialise in two out of the following three areas: History, English, and Art History and Visual Culture. Alongside this, you will be able to take courses from other disciplines in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, including the chance to study a language through every semester of your degree.

We provide a rich palette of opportunities to enhance your existing skills, including access to our multi-million-pound facilities, contact with prominent contemporary industry links and superb entrepreneurial support.

The School offers welcoming teaching spaces where students can work quietly and collaboratively, and venues for literary and creative events. Our students organise and participate in a wide range of events and activities including film screenings, visiting lectures, workshops by creative writers, readings and creative writing evenings. Students can also take advantage of The Student Wordsmith, an award-winning online writing and publishing platform aimed specifically at student and graduate audiences.

Links with industry

All our undergraduate students have the opportunity to undertake a professional work placement during their degree. We have strong links with the creative industries and cultural sectors, which help our students secure year-long and flexible work placements in the UK and internationally. These placements offer an invaluable opportunity to advance your skills and apply your knowledge to a working environment.

Recent placement destinations include The Walt Disney Company, Watford Palace Theatre, The British Council, Octagon Theatre, Urban Outfitters and Bosch.

Students also have an opportunity to spend a year (or a single semester of their degree) abroad by securing paid work teaching English to school children or studying at a partner university.

English students share their placement experiences


We provide a range of language modules in French, German or Spanish and Mandarin Chinese from complete beginners level upwards.

Through your language modules you will practise a range of transferable skills that will help you in your own field: face-to-face communication, formal and informal presentations, negotiating, convincing and mediating, producing multi-media materials, summarising and conveying information in writing. You will develop skills in your chosen language in small, interactive classes, and will gain greater cultural competence as you move up the levels.