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English at Streatham
Professor Sinéad Moynihan
Hello! I’m delighted that you’re considering English at Exeter. And why wouldn’t you? We work closely with students on creating varied courses, that include traditional approaches and important new developments in literary studies.
Our broad range of options allows you to examine a variety of media, periods, and genres, including film and creative writing. We’re a friendly department and never stop looking for ways to improve our teaching.
I love the flexibility of my joint honours English and Drama course. There are a wealth of optional modules to choose from which means I am always studying something that I truly want to learn about whilst pursuing my passions. I feel privileged to be taught by so many outstanding lecturers who are always there to offer guidance and support, pushing me to achieve and challenging me to be the best I can be.
The University of Exeter has offered me endless opportunities not only through my degree, but also in the wealth of extra-curricular activities available.
It has been the perfect place to study, and provided me with a university experience I could only dream of. The campus is stunning and full of enough flora to do our motto of 'bleed green' proud.
Lecturers and professors provide current, relevant and innovative research led teaching. All English students can study one module per year from a department outside of English and Film, every degree is unique to each students' areas of interest.
I applied to the University of Exeter on the basis of a zealous open day lecture. In all three years here, I’ve found Exeter’s English course to be extraordinarily diverse and flexible. It’s been stimulating to combine my study of literature with a completely different form of text analysis, and the two have complimented each other wonderfully.
Every year the options broaden in number and narrow in focus - it becomes almost impossible to select which ones to take!
I cannot speak highly enough of my course. The University’s broad internship programme helped me take paid work in the Digital Humanities Labs, assisting academics on world leading research, pioneering and fostering new relationships between the University and globally.
This internship let me interact with texts like the first edition of William Golding’s ‘Lord of the Flies’ (with the rarely seen first chapter) and to Canada. I chose to study abroad at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. I believe having international experience is key to success, work between countries continues to become more globally significant.
In first year studying literature from the Bible to Gulliver’s Travels and everything in between, it really gives you a flavour of what English Literature is all about. The options available to study more in-depth into areas of Shakespeare and his plays to the history of the 18th century novel, highlights the scope of literature through time.
Being a second year student, you get to choose what you read, write about (within parameters of your study area) and bring in readings to class discussions and debates.
I am studying English and Film, along with this I had the option to choose a year abroad in my third year, something which I know will give me invaluable wider life experience; alongside the countless social and sporting opportunities available here.
The course is so interesting and really pushes you to think about literature and film in new ways.