The study of English literature allows you to travel without leaving home, to witness historical moments that took place before you were born, and to study the human condition up close, in all its pain and glory. Great literature can give you as much of an insight into the complexities of human nature as any psychology textbook can. It can help you see complicated situations from multiple angles. It can be thought-provoking, moving, shocking, funny – often all at the same time.

The study of English at Maynooth University explores the literature of Ireland today, as well as the development of English literature down through the ages, from the Renaissance to our postmodern culture. As a student, you will acquire a remarkable degree of intellectual flexibility, an awareness of the multi-dimensional nature of situations, and the ability to approach problems with an open mind. You will also learn to express yourself coherently in writing and to articulate complex issues clearly.