Oxford is a beautiful city that offers an unmatched literary history. It is the perfect place to study English, literature and communication whilst also being challenged and inspired. Our courses allow you to gain specialist language and communication skills that are highly valued by UK and international employers. You’ll experience dynamic exchanges of ideas around literature, language and contemporary culture. You’ll also gain real-life experiences through the excellent partnerships we have with the city’s main arts and cultural providers and leading companies that make our city an incredible communications hub.
English, Theatre and Creative Writing
|Creative Writing (MA, PGDip, PGCert)|
|English Literature (MA, PGDip, PGCert)|
|English and Modern Languages (PhD, MA by Research)|
|English by Research (MA by Research)|
|Japanese by Research (MA by Research)|
Schools and departments
Courses in a English, theatre and creative writing are taught in:
Benefit from outstanding teaching by world class academics who are active researchers and leaders in their field.
Gain real life experience and explore our partnerships by taking opportunities in and around Oxford.
Develop excellent employment skills, from analytical and problem-solving skills to great team working and communication skills, on our courses.sds
Oxford Brookes was placed sixth nationally in the REF 2021 (Research Excellence Framework 2021) rankings. The result confirmed that 66% of research at Oxford Brookes was judged to be 4* (world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour). This establishes Oxford Brookes as a leading university for the study of English Language and Literature in the UK.
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"The best thing about the course is the tutors. They have made me even more passionate about learning French because they care about the students"Read more about Keira
"It’s about being able to find yourself and your own voice"Read more about Sina
"I decided on this course in particular because I never wanted to read any other subject other than English Literature. As I live locally, Oxford Brookes University was always going to be the obvious choice"Read more about Christina
"I was attracted to the course by the literary fellows and the focus on workshopping and developing as a writer"Read more about Sarah
"The input of the visiting fellows, all of them published writers, is hugely valuable. We had to read their books and they gave us assignments to do in class. I had to write suddenly in class for 15 minutes and then read it out – I wasn’t sure how I’d cope with that, and I actually liked it and I miss it when semesters are over!"Read more about Jim
"I had no doubts that I would choose to study a MA English Literature because of my undergraduate experience and passion for the subject"Read more about Devon
"This has been such a phenomenal experience. The lecturers and everyone else have been so nice and helpful. I feel so lucky that I was able to do this!"Read more about Amber
"The opportunity to study at Brookes was too good to miss. I wanted the intellectual challenge, and I was looking forward to stimulating classes, lectures, and like-minded course mates. I was attracted to Brookes because of its reputation for being an inclusive university"Read more about Zita
"I chose to come to Brookes because the luminous list of Creative Writing Fellows and speakers included two of my favourite writers – Philip Pullman and Howard Jacobson"Read more about Loraine
"I would encourage anyone who is considering the course to grab the opportunity with both hands. It massively improves your writing, enthuses you, and makes success and publication seem a possibility rather than just a hopeless dream"Read more about Lisa
"In a single year, the course completely transformed my entire perception of writing fiction and has accelerated the development of my own writing style. I am young for the writing game and came onto the course with many misconceptions"Read more about Matthew
"The aspects of specialisation offered through the modular nature of the course at Brookes have honed my adaptability and breadth of knowledge through researching language from different angles"Read more about Imogen
"I have had a great experience at Brookes, both as a student and as a member of staff. It has prepared me excellently for my future, and it will always be a place I hold close to my heart"Read more about Dylan
"I like how the course is a small group and you really get to know everyone, including the lecturers, on a personal level. I think this is truly special because it means people are there to help you and they genuinely care about your education and wellbeing"Read more about Paige
"Brookes is truly a university where students feel valued and looked after"Read more about Sophie
"One of the best parts of the course was definitely the teaching. The lecturers were fantastic; their passion for their subject comes across so clearly in all they do, and the personal support offered to me by my academic advisor made all the difference"Read more about Meredith
"I think compared to any other university I can learn and feel a lot about different cultures here. So if someone wants to learn about other cultures, then Oxford Brookes University is the best place"Read more about Hikari