Students undertaking English and Sociology at Queen's explore literatures in English in the widest possible sense. From the earliest writings in Anglo-Saxon to contemporary Irish, British, and 'global' literatures, students study English in its historical, linguistic, cultural, material and ideological circumstances. Sociology complements the study of English in unique ways: in assessing the development and organisation of societies and social institutions, beliefs and traditions, and cultural practices, Sociology illuminates, and is illuminated by the intellectual interests of English.
English and Sociology Degree highlights
English Studies at Queen's has an extraordinary heritage, as represented by its globally esteemed writers, such as Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney and T.S. Eliot Prize recipients Paul Muldoon and Ciaran Carson, among others.
- English at Queen's offers a range of Study Abroad opportunities, from the Erasmus programme with a range of European partners, to the chance to study at a number of partner institutions in the United States.
- We regularly consult and develop links with a large number of employers including, for example, BBC Northern Ireland.
- From Personal Tutors to peer mentoring, we work closely with students to ensure they are supported at every stage of their degree.
- A thriving cultural scene organised by our undergraduate and postgraduate communities, from the English Society and Poetry and Pints to the Lifeboat and the Yellow Nib, makes studying English at Queen's a unique proposition.
- Students can work with our visiting Fulbright Scholars, leading US academics who spend a semester at Queen's each year.
may be shunned in the art of creative writing!), the community of Queen's English really is one big supportive family. I employ not one ounce of hyperbole when I say that choosing to study English at Queen's was the greatest decision I ever have (and probably ever will) make in my life.'
Niamh Lundy, 2nd Year, BA English
Studying for an English and Sociology degree at Queen's will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions. Graduates from this degree at Queen's are well regarded by many employers (local, national and international) and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline.
The following is a list of the major career sectors that have attracted our graduates in recent years:
Publishing, Media, Performing Arts
Social Services, Social Work
Criminal Justice, Law
Public Relations, Advertising
Librarianship, Teaching, Civil Service
Market Research, Policy Analysis
Youth Support, Charities
We regularly consult and develop links with a large number of employers including, for example, BBC Northern Ireland who provide sponsorship for the English course in Broadcast Literacy (currently offered at postgraduate level but soon to be offered at undergraduate level also).
We have an active and engaged Employers Forum, which is a panel composed of individuals of high ranking organisations in fields directly relevant to our degree programmes, including G4S, the Police Service of Northern Ireland, Hastings Hotels, Craigavon District Council, and NI Community and Voluntary Association. The members of this panel advise staff in incorporating employability skills in the development of our degree programmes and in helping prepare our students for the world of work. They also contribute to advisory sessions for students on careers and employability.
Many of our former graduates have risen to the top of their fields and include many famous figures; for example: from English:
Seamus Heaney, Nobel prize-winning poet;
Paul Muldoon, academic and poet;
Stephen Rea, actor;
Helen Madden, writer and actor;
Annie Kelly, journalist and writer;
Annie Mac, radio presenter.
Dr Michael Maguire, Police Ombudsman of Northern Ireland and former Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice in Northern Ireland
Professor Marie Breen Smyth, Chair of International Politics, University of Surrey
Dr Eddie Rooney, Chief Executive Regional Agency for Public Health and Social Well-being
Dr Liz Fawcett, Managing Director and Principal Consultant with Liz Fawcett Consulting
Dr. John Doyle, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Dublin City University
Paul Burns, former Director of Corporate Services, Arts Council of Northern Ireland
Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.