About us

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The School of Critical Studies reflects a core commitment to criticism, textual interpretation and the analysis of language, over diverse but inter-related subject areas. The School of Critical Studies houses several subjects including:

  • English Literature
  • Theology
  • English Language and Linguistics
  • Scottish Literature

English Literature
We are proud that English Literature at Glasgow is one of the oldest and most prestigious university programmes in the UK.  It has been taught here since Adam Smith's lectures in the 1750s. Our students explore all aspects of English Literature from the medieval period onwards, benefitting from the staff’s expertise in a wide range of areas.

Theology has been taught in Glasgow University since its inception in 1451 and now embraces the diversity of Judaeo-Christian traditions, religious or secularized, as well as Islam and other world faiths. 

English Language and Linguistics
English Language and Linguistics, founded as a separate discipline in 1948, offers a uniquely comprehensive programme of study in English historical linguistics, medieval English studies, Scots, and Modern English language and linguistics.

Scottish Literature
We are proud to host the only academic unit in the world exclusively dedicated to the teaching and research of Scottish Literature.  Established in 1971, it remains unique in offering a full Honours degree in Scottish writing, as well as in combination with other subjects.

Why Should You Study a Subject in the School of Critical Studies?
Our range of undergraduate degree programmes is wide and varied.  Those choosing to study at the University of Glasgow will benefit from the opportunity of combined degrees as well as single Honours courses.

The School has a vibrant research environment with world leading researchers and library facilities: with over 260 students.  We offer one of the largest range of postgraduate programmes in the UK.

The School of Critical Studies have a long history of excellence in research and teaching, confirmed by recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) and Departmental Learning and Teaching review (DPTLA) results and we are committed to continuing that tradition. Discover more about research in the School of Critical Studies.