Department of English and Modern Languages

  • About the department

    Inspired and inspiring…

    Located in a city with an unparalleled literary history and one that cherishes the power of the written and spoken word, the Department of English and Modern Languages is a place to be both inspired and inspiring.

    Whether as one of our distinguished Fellows on the MA Creative Writing, a lecturer unlocking the secrets of literary greats, or a student participating in our biannual Think Human Festival, you are part of an inclusive environment where a lively exchange of ideas around literature, language and contemporary culture is actively encouraged.

    Connections, creativity and enterprise

    We connect with communities locally, nationally and internationally through our links with local schools and theatres, our role in the Oxford Literary Festival and our long-standing exchange programmes with universities across Europe, South America and Japan.

    In 2013 we launched the first ever official publications from Oxford Brookes University with a series of six graded reading levels called Let’s Read Japanese.

    This exciting commercial venture brings together linguistic expertise, student input and eye-catching design to create a suite of classic tales, Japanese legends and poems as well as new stories to both educate and entertain.

    In 2017 the Poetry Centre, which is based in the Department, established ignitionpress, a poetry pamphlet press with an international outlook which publishes original, arresting poetry from emerging poets, and established poets working on interim or special projects.Students can get involved with the press in their second year as part of our Poetry Centre Internship programme.

    Teaching, learning and research

    Our teaching, learning and research is rooted in strong disciplinary foundations whilst encouraging bold interdisciplinary collaborations within the department, across Oxford Brookes University and beyond.

    Our researchers have an established international reputation for excellence and innovation. In the 2014 REF (Research Excellence Framework), 85% of the department’s research in English was judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent.

    The department’s major research groupings are as follows:

    Students on our undergraduate programme take courses in English Literature, English Literature with Creative Writing and Drama. The degree in Applied Languages offers a wide range of languages: French, Spanish, Japanese, German and Mandarin as well as English as a Foreign Language providing Brookes’ graduates with crucial communication and intercultural skills - reinforced by a year abroad studying and working - most valued by employers in an increasingly diversified and global workplace. Our free Learn a Language module is available to students from across the university and promotes linguistic ability and cultural awareness.

    For postgraduates we offer taught Master’s programmes in English Literature, Creative Writing and International Business and Intercultural Communication, integrating teaching with active research projects so that you’ll have the opportunity to learn from the most up to-date thinking and even take part in ongoing research.

    For those interested in higher degrees, research supervision is offered in a variety of areas related to our expertise in English Literature, Drama, Literary Linguistics and French Literature. We have particular strengths in Nineteenth-Century Poetry,Modernism, American Literature and Culture, Early Modern Drama and Contemporary Writing. We also have expertise in Japanese Studies, specifically in classical and new wave Japanese cinema and Japanese religions.

    Our alumni and networks

    As a graduate from the Department of English and Modern Languages you will have gone on to pursue one of a myriad of careers in a range of commercial, public and academic settings.

    If you’d like to share your experiences and expertise with current students or at an Open Day, or maybe take the lead in organising a reunion - we’d love to hear from you. Stay connected with the Department and with other Oxford Brookes alumni via our LinkedIn and Facebook groups and alumni networks.