Welcome to the Discipline of English

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The Discipline of English is staffed by dedicated, research-active academics drawn from universities across the world. Research and teaching strengths run from the medieval to the contemporary: Chaucerian studies, early modern literatures, book history and print culture, theatre history, colonial and postcolonial literatures, Victorian literature, Irish writing, digital humanities, creative writing, travel writing, journalism.


The research activity of our staff extends from sexuality to technology.  We present our research at international conferences, create scholarly editions, publish findings in international journals and monographs and work with a range of national and international collaborators and funding bodies. We have a thriving community of postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers that avail of the facilities and archives at the Moore Institute and at the Hardiman Research Building.

Studying with us

Studying English involves asking fascinating questions about literature and its many relationships to culture, history and society. In addition to our popular BA, staff from English lead two BA Connect programmes (Creative Writing and Journalism), and contribute to a wide range of MAs. Students of English benefit from a diversity of teaching approaches and modes of assessment, from lectures to discussion-based seminars, from research essays to blogs. Such study fosters a creative and enquiring mind, and develops invaluable analytic and communicative skills.

Our graduates

Employers value the reading, writing and critical thinking skills that are cultivated over the course of a degree in English. An English degree from NUI Galway opens the door to further postgraduate study--vocational, professional and research. Our graduates include the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins and Garry Hynes, founder and artistic director of Druid Theatre Company.

Contact Information

English Department

National University of Ireland,
Galway, University Road, Galway, Ireland.
Phone: +353 (0)91 492567; Fax: +353 (0)91 524102
E-mail: english@nuigalway.ie