Department of English

Department of English

Our department offers both undergraduate and postgraduate programs in literary studies and creative writing. From medieval to contemporary literature, you'll focus on language use, form, and content to understand novels, poetry, life-writing, drama and creative fiction and non-fiction in their cultural contexts. Our programs are designed to improve your reading, analysis, interpretation and communication skills, as well as your knowledge about texts.

During your studies, you will interact with leading researchers and practitioners in the field and internships with leading industry partners. Through our PACE (Professional and Community and Engagement) program, you will be taken out of the classroom and into an industry related scenario where you’ll get hands-on experience in the field.

Students from outside the department are encouraged to enrol in our People unit. More information on all of our units can be found in the Handbook.

Higher degree research

Our research is centralised around seven clusters:

  • Australian literature
  • medieval and early modern literature
  • romantic and Victorian literature
  • modernism and contemporary literature
  • global, postcolonial, feminist studies
  • children’s literature, television and film
  • creative writing: fiction and non-fiction

Discover more about the work undertaken by researchers within this department.

More information on applying and how to find a supervisor is available on our research pages.

Journal of Creative Writing - The Quarry

The Quarry is a journal of creative writing, written by students and published by our department. Work by undergraduates studying the Capstone unit, Creative Writing postgraduates and PhD students can submit their work to The Quarry.

Visit the The Quarry website to read student work and find out how you can participate.

On campus, orientation and support

On campus

The University provides support and information for students regarding on-campus food, childcare and travel needs.

Stay fit and active beyond the classroom with Macquarie’s Sport and Aquatic Centre which has a wide range of fitness classes and sporting facilities and a variety of membership options to suit your needs.


New and returning students are encouraged to attend Orientation week to celebrate the new session. Relax, explore and meet new people before lectures start the following week. Check out what is happening during 'O Week' and keep an eye on your emails for your invitation.


Need a little more help? Academic support is available for you providing academic and program advice, as well as peer support, study skills programs and training and support resources throughout your semester.

For help outside of your studies, the Health and Wellbeing teams can help by providing guidance on how to adjust to University life, counselling services, disability support services, student advocacy and much more. Don't forget, you can also tap into the student social clubs and groups as a way of connecting with others who share your passions.

Support is also readily available for Indigenous students and International students who need personal or academic advice.

Contact us 

Learn more about our support for current students, make requests regarding your studies online or contact us.  If you have questions, please go to

International student enquiries: submit an online enquiry.


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