The NCH English degree combines the broad historical coverage of traditional English degrees with distinctive features reflecting the liberal arts tradition including the study of rhetoric, the study of stylistics, and comparison between literatures in English and different languages, and between literary criticism and cognate disciplines.
Areas of specialty
The faculty boasts members with interests in literature of the Commonwealth, an inter-lingual comparatist, a specialist in the philosophy of technology, and many others. The Visiting Professoriate includes Sir Professor Christopher Ricks, Mr Howard Jacobson, and Sir Trevor Nunn.
The English Faculty aims to prepare its students to read not only the texts that we call literature, but all other uses of language, with greater acuity, penetration and pleasure, for the rest of their lives.
The NCH Creative Writing minor degree covers the craft of writing creatively in four literary forms: poetry, prose fiction, scriptwriting and creative nonfiction. The degree culminates in a self-devised, guided final year project, accompanied by an applied course on editing and publishing.
Hear from our students
'I am really enjoying studying English as a degree subject at NCH - especially the one-to-one tutorials. The academics are interested in developing you as a person and a critic which is hugely intellectually stimulating - especially when they help you develop your arguments further. I wouldn't be anywhere else.'
Emily Hill, English BA with Philosophy