Why study English at Wolverhampton?

English can be studied either on its own as a specialist degree, or jointly with another subject (See choices below).  We also have the option for you to study English with Foundation Year.

Choose to study it with one of the following: Creative and Professional WritingEducation StudiesFilm and Television Studies , History, Media or Philosophy.

You will encounter a dynamic blend of classic and countercultural literature, popular and unpopular culture taught by published scholars and professional writers.

The English undergraduate programme will give you the opportunity to experience and explore a range of literary and non-literary texts from the Renaissance to the present day, and from the West Indies to the West Midlands. It features a balanced curriculum of canonical writers and genres such as Shakespeare, Milton, the Romantics and the great Victorian novelists, alongside the challenges to this tradition offered by Modernism, 1960s radicals and those marginalised by class, gender, sexuality and race.

Throughout, you will be given the theoretical, philosophical and contextual tools with which to critically examine the process of literary production and reception, and to make informed judgements about literary value and cultural capital.

The primary focus of the BA (Hons) English single honours degree is on literary study, but it also offers you the flexibility to study modules in English Language, so you can continue to develop the combined interests in literature and language encountered in schools and colleges, and thus valuable for those wishing to enter the teaching profession.

Find out more - support sessions this Summer

Would you like to know more about studying English, and what it’s like to study here?

Why not come along to one of our support sessions where you will have the opportunity to meet staff and current students within The School of Humanities.

  • Wednesday 15 May, 2pm
  • Wednesday 12 June, 2pm
  • Wednesday 10 July, 2pm

These sessions aim to answer any questions or concerns you may have about coming to University and you will also be given the opportunity to take a tour of our Humanities facilities.

Book your place here >>

Meet the Team 

The English faculty boasts two National Teaching Fellows, two novelists, and a Leverhulme research fellow. Areas where the team have gained particular recognition recently include: travel and transcultural literatures; contemporary literature and culture; Romanticism; pedagogic research on using digitalised archives and online teaching techniques in the literary classroom.

Our research and postgraduate activities are organised through the Centre for Transnational and Transcultural Research.

The staff directory below provides a brief outline of the main teaching interests within the team. See our individual profiles for details on research interests and wider professional activities.

Name and Contact DetailsInterests

Dr Frank Wilson


Dr Wilson is the head of the School of Humanities (English literature, English Language, Creative and Professional Writing, Linguistics, Philosophy and Religious Studies).

Interests include 18th-Century literature, 17th-Century literature (esp. poetry), Defoe, Milton, Shakespeare, Dickens, 19th-Century poetry.

Dr Nicola Allen


Dr Allen is the course leader for the Foundation Degree in Humanities. 20th and 21st-Century British and American fiction/poetry/drama/short stories; 20th C. Irish writing (esp. Beckett and Behan); some 19th century (the Brontës, Gaskell); some feminism (esp. Woolf/Wollstonecraft). Anything to do with computer games, fantasy, horror or SF narratives in fiction/film/tv and anything to do with humour and comedy within fiction. 

Dr Daisy Black


Medieval and renaissance drama, gender and queer theory, time theory, constructions of the medieval ‘other’, medieval romance, fabliaux, bawdiness and comic narrative, medievalism in popular culture, Chaucer, Shakespeare.

Josiane Boutonnet


Interests include English language (esp. gender and language issues), bilingual issues, humour and language, sociolinguistics.

Dr Aidan Byrne


Dr Byrne is the English Subject Leader and Independent Study co-ordinator. Interests include New Media, 1930s literature, working-class literature, political writing, Post-colonialism and children's literature.

Dr Gerry Carlin


Interests include the literature, art and culture of the 1960s, Modernism (esp. Pound, Eliot, Joyce, Lawrence, Woolf), Conrad, 20th-Century literature, poetry, literary theory, Romanticism, some science fiction.

Dr Benjamin Colbert


Dr Colbert is the MA English course leader and a Reader in English. Interests in 18th-Century and 19th-Century literature, especially the Romantic period (poetry, fiction, non-fictional prose), travel writing, colonial and post-colonial literature, satire and popular poetry.

Prof. Sebastian Groes


Creative Writing (especial non-fiction, memoir/life-writing); Memory, Contemporary Fiction, Modernism, Cognition, Place and Space, Psychogeography, we could add, genre fiction, gender, post/decolonialism, postmodernism, 1930s realism/interbellum fiction; Gothic; specialist writers: Kazuo Ishiguro, Ian McEwan, JG Ballard. 

Dr Mark Jones


Dr Jones is the course leader for the MA in Popular Culture. Interests include 20th-Century and 21st-Century British and American fiction, 20th-Century drama, ‘genre’ fiction, film, ‘popular’ culture and ‘unpopular’ culture.

Dr Debbie Orpin


Interests include Stylistics, Conversation Analysis, Discourse Analysis, language and ideology, lexis, grammar, pragmatics (ie: speech acts, co-operation in discourse etc.)