Many graduates move on to teaching, journalism, the Civil Service, publishing and a wide range of businesses. An English degree is a well-proven route into many graduate training schemes.
Communication, research and critical analysis are essential skills that are developed throughout the course at Sunderland. The ability to write persuasively is also highly prized by employers.
The course includes the opportunity to study Shakespeare in the final year, which is particularly relevant if you are considering a career in teaching. In addition, the research elements of the course provide excellent foundations for progressing to higher degrees and successful academic careers.
You have the opportunity to study in another country for one or two semesters during the second year. You can choose from over 150 universities in 20 countries, either English-speaking (such as Australia, Canada and the USA) or non English-speaking (such as Argentina, Brazil and Japan). With employers increasingly looking for a flexible and internationally-minded workforce, it’s a great way to enhance your CV and stretch your horizons.
It is usually possible to take a module from the free University Language Scheme. This can be studied on top of your 120 credits or in some cases, can earn credits towards your degree.
Language skills increase your international mobility and you can choose between French, German, Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese and Arabic at a range of levels. If your first language is not English, please check with your tutor about entry requirements.
Staff and students talk about the benefits of the University Language Scheme
If you have a good idea for a new business and have the dedication and motivation to make it happen, then we want to hear from you. The Enterprise Place, based on-campus at St Peter's Gate Business Centre, is the perfect environment for entrepreneurial students and graduates to turn their business ideas into reality. You will have access to free hot desk space, IT facilities, specialist advice and support and business mentors and networking opportunities.
To find out more about how we can help you start a business, please contact the University's Enterprise Team:
Tel: 0191 515 3751
Our Careers & Employability Service advertises a variety of opportunities to earn money while you study.
Volunteering positions in local organisations, charities and community groups can help you to help other people while learning about your strengths and what you can offer. Past opportunities have included working with children and the elderly, conservation work and sporting activities.
CES also advertises details of paid part-time and vacation work in areas from call centre and retail work through to telesales and marketing and promotion and more.
Opportunities to work with companies on flexible, paid, part-time projects in areas such as IT, design, law, media, HR and event management, to name a few, are available too. These projects are a great chance to gain valuable work experience.
The University of Sunderland is committed to ensuring that every student has an impressive range of opportunities to enhance their CV and gain valuable experience. For more information visit our Employability page.
Graduate Duncan talks about his experience studying English at the University of Sunderland: