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English Studies

University of Sydney

12 months
43500 AUD/year
9000 AUD/year
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The English Studies program at the University of Sydney is designed for research students from Australia and overseas, secondary school teachers and those interested in studying English literature at an advanced level. 


During the English Studies program at the University of Sydney, you will bring together contemporary critical theory with literary narratives and investigate how and why literature still enjoys particular resonance in the 21st century. You will consider the ways in which the study of literature works in a specifically Australian cultural context.

This course focuses on three core approaches:

  • critical reading 
  • literary history
  • literary comparison (including the question of English as a world literature)

Why study with us?

  • Our reputation is established in literary studies across a wide historical and geographical range.
  • We offer an extensive choice our scholarly experts teach in a broad spectrum of fields: medieval; early modern; 18th and 19th century; modern and contemporary; American and Australian literatures; and various aspects of cultural theory. You also have the option of taking creative writing units of study in contemporary poetry, fiction and screenwriting.

Career Pathways

This course provides you with the option of pursuing a career as a secondary-level English teacher, journalist, writer or literary critic and roles in the media, public and community service and academia.

Employers value our English graduates because the program is designed to promote qualities of personal and intellectual autonomy, skills in research and enquiry, and a capacity for both information literacy and effective communication.

Some students pursue this degree as a prelude to further advanced doctoral study, often with a view to an academic career; others, particularly school teachers, see it as an opportunity to upgrade existing skills for purposes of professional enhancement. Other students are motivated primarily by a particular interest in this subject.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Academic English for Postgraduates 
  • American Film and Hollywood
  • Approaches to Critical Reading 
  • Approaches to Genre
  • Approaches to Global English Literatures 
  • Approaches to Literary History
  • Creative Non-Fiction Workshop 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


72 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • CRICOS code: 079214M 
  • a bachelor's degree with a major in English Literature and a minimum credit (65%) average calculated over the whole degree, from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification.
  • English language results
  • Academic transcripts

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    43500 AUD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 43500 AUD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    9000 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9000 AUD per year during 12 months.


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