English at the University of Dundee

When you join English at Dundee, you'll be welcomed into a close-knit community.  We work hard to make sure that you feel at home, and are able to achieve your very best. With thirteen full-time staff, supported by a number of teaching fellows and assistants, we are a medium-sized programme with an atmosphere of friendly informality.

The Dundee English programme is both traditional and innovative. We develop our courses with a consciousness of today's student needs and preferences, while reflecting our commitment to the cutting-edge ideas in our field.  We are consistently rated highly in league tables and assessments, particularly for teaching quality, course satisfaction, and value-added features.

Our interests are varied and span from the mediaeval to the contemporary period, from classic literature to comic studies, creative writing and the theatre.  Some of our main interests are listed below:

  • Old and Middle English
  • 18th-Century, Romantic and Victorian Poetry and Fiction
  • Modernism
  • 20th- and 21st-Century Literature, Culture and Film
  • Comics and Graphic Novels
  • Book History
  • Postcolonial Literature and Theory
  • American Literature
  • Scottish Literature
  • Women's Writing
  • Theatre Studies

Find out about the courses we offer

In the spotlight...

The JOOT Theatre Company

The JOOT Theatre Company recently performed The Tables Turned; or, Nupkins Awakened.  This play, written by William Morris in 1887, can best be described as a utopian socialist comedy.

Photos from the play are available on our flickr site

If you'd like to find out more about JOOT, the University's Mediaeval and Early Modern theatre group, please visit the JOOT webpage.


Dr Chris Murray

Dr Chris Murray teaches and researches in the fields of comics and film, and recently launched the UK's first ever MLitt in Comics Studies.

He is also co-editor of the journal Studies in Comics, and organises annual events related to comics, including the Scottish Word and Image Group conference and the Annual Dundee Comics Day.

Creative Writing

Dundee has well-established creative writing programmes at all levels of study.  At undergraduate level, you can choose to study Creative Writing as part of a joint honours degree (MA English and Creative Writing) or select individual modules as part of a wider MA degree. 

For postgraduates, we offer an MLitt degree in Writing Theory and Practice.  Each module can be studied separately, or as part of a full degree or diploma that can be taken part time or full time.

You can also develop your creative writing skills with one of our courses for adults, as part of our continuing education programme.

Since 2007, English has had a Professor of Creative Writing, Kirsty Gunn.  Kirsty is a critically acclaimed award-winning novelist who teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.