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Study English Literature at Trinity

English at Trinity is a unique part of the College's four-hundred-year history. The School of English, home to world-renowned scholars and alumni, is dedicated to cutting-edge literary and critical studies and offers students a rich and lively environment in which to engage with the greatest traditions of writing from the classics to the contemporary.

Our Teaching

The School of English is dedicated to innovative and research-led teaching. We want our students to become highly skilled, critical, informed and independent readers, writers and thinkers during their degree. Lectures are taught by full-time academic staff in the School.

Studying English and Your Career

Trinity's School of English graduates gain leading roles in intellectual, professional and public life. The skills developed by students of English are in high demand from employers, especially in journalism, broadcasting, teaching, advertising, marketing and business, arts management, publishing, law and diplomacy.

Recent graduates work in Google, the Irish Times, the Department of Foreign Affairs, RTÉ (Ireland's national broadcaster) and PwC.

The four-year degree also provides an outstanding platform for postgraduate study. Students and recent graduates have been accepted to programmes at the University of Chicago, Oxford University, Columbia School of Journalism, Cambridge University, and Stanford University.

Dublin: A UNESCO City of Literature

Dublin received its designation as a UNESCO City of Literature in 2010. With its rich literary culture and history, Dublin is an idea city for a student of literature. Great writers, poets and playwrights such as Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, Bram Stoker, Eavan Boland and Anne Enright studied at Trinity. For more information on literary events in Dublin city, click here.