What is the English program about?
Read. Watch. Think. Write.
English matters. Language and culture shape our world. They influence how we live and how we engage with the lives of others. Through reading and writing we learn, we create, and we dream.
Our program introduces you to the world of writing in English. We explore what it means to be human by reading some of the best and most loved books and stories of the ages, and we foster the skills that will help you become the best critic and writer you can.
From fiction and poetry to theatre and film, television and the Internet, discover the many ways to read texts and genres in their cultural and historical contexts. And you can choose to engage your passion for writing by creating your own works of literature.
English is your ticket to explore, examine, and create new worlds.
Above image: James Spencer, Prospero's Library, TMAG Tempest Exhibition 2016
Focus on the write stuff
Did you know you can combine the academic rigour of a PhD in English with the creative support to get your novel down on paper and into print? Two award-winning early career novelists are doing just that.
Why study English with us?
Whether it be English or Australian literary studies, creative writing, theatre and screen studies, or cultural studies you can follow a number of pathways.
With a choice of units, covering key literary texts, genres, and movements, learn about the kind of writing that most engages you and in turn develop your skills as a writer.
Undertake a major (eight units) or minor (four units) in English on-campus in Hobart, Launceston, or from anywhere online.
Learn from nationally and internationally recognised expert staff who have published numerous monographs and broadly in journals and edited collections.
Choose from overseas study opportunities – one week to one year – including programs at some of Europe’s leading universities.
What careers relate to English?
English equips students with valuable and transferable skills, including: how to read critically; how to develop an argument; how to think independently; how to communicate well, both in writing and orally; how to present information effectively; and how to work as part of a team. English graduates are found wherever employers value people who can write well and are smart researchers.English graduates work as teachers, writers, editors and publishers, and arts administrators. They also work in advertising and the media, the public service, law, politics, and high-profile positions across business and industry.
- Advertising copywriter
- Arts administrator
- Comic book writer
- Proof reader
- Public relations
- Social media
- Technical writer
- Travel writer
How can I learn about English?
We offer an undergraduate major in the Bachelor of Arts degree, an Honours programme, and research degrees at both Masters and PhD levels. Our units explore a wide range of areas, including: literary classics, contemporary literature, Shakespeare and Renaissance drama, modern drama, nineteenth-century British literature, Australian and Tasmanian literature, colonial and postcolonial fictions, literary theory, popular genres, fictions of the non-human, screen studies, modernism, scholarly editing, and creative writing.
The English program's comprehensive range of units (which can be identified with HEN in the unit code) are delivered on-campus and off-campus. You will also have the opportunity to apply for an international exchange, enabling you to broaden your study of English at some of Europe’s leading universities.
Interested in studying with us? Explore our course and research opportunities below.
Each course and unit is linked to its own page with more detailed information and entry requirements on the Courses & Units website.
Your learning experience in English goes beyond the lecture and tutorials.
You will be taught by experts, and gain perspective from guest lecturers and forums; gain a competitive advantage with real-world experience prior to graduation; study abroad for a fortnight, a month, a semester or a year, as part of your degree; have options to complete your studies your way, whether on-campus, online, part-time or full-time; pursue your passion or specialisation with a range of scholarships, bursaries and financial assistance programs, or meet your career goals with our pathway options.
Our research in English
The English program at the University of Tasmania is home to a vibrant research culture. Our academic staff have substantial international reputations in their specialised areas of research and teaching. Our research regularly appears leading academic journals and together our staff has published over thirty monographs and edited collections. Our internationally recognised research expertise spans:
- Australian and Tasmanian literature
- colonial and postcolonial studies
- contemporary literature and film
- creative writing
- digital humanities
- environmental humanities
- island studies
- literature of Antarctica
- literature and climate change
- literary and cultural theory
- modernism and inter-war fiction
- popular fiction studies
- queer and feminist cultural studies
- Shakespeare studies
- travel writing
Why English classrooms and book clubs are life-altering spaces
Researchers are working with teachers, students, and book clubs to make the rich experiences of literature available to all.
Could the future of the Antarctic depend on literature as well as science?
Professor Elizabeth Leane is studying the passion for literature that the hostile continent of Antarctica evokes, and the power in turn of literature to influence what we think and feel about Antarctica. Her work highlights the need for a presence of the humanities as well as the sciences in Antarctic research.