This information is relevant for students joining the department in October 2018. We look forward to welcoming you to the department! 

English at Warwick

You have been accepted to the English Department to read one of the following degrees - English Literature, English Literature and Creative Writing, English and Theatre Studies or English and History. The Department also participates in several joint degrees administered in other departments: English and French, English and German, English and Italian, English and Latin, Film and Literature, Philosophy and Literature and English and Hispanic Studies.

You can familiarise yourself with the structure of your chosen degree programme by following the links above. Whilst the core degrees have much in common, they are individually conceived and structured, and you need to be aware of the degree requirements attached to each of them, if only to avoid confusing your timetable with a fellow student who may be reading a different degree.

Please see here to see a summary of the modules you will study in the first year, along with details of texts to study. See the advance reading link on the right!

Surviving the First Weeks

First off, you need to survive your first weeks at Warwick. There will be a number of Welcome Week events, including induction meetings from the department to all sorts of social events and activities! Just remember that every first-year is feeling as lost and disoriented as you are, and there are plenty of people around in the department to answer questions – not just the academic staff and administrators, but first-year survivors (we call them second- and third-years). Don't be bashful. Ask!

Here's a summary checklist of things you need to do in the first weeks:

1. Enrol

2. Attend a course specific meeting for your chosen degree.

(This applies to English Literature and Creative Writing, English Literature and Theatre Studies and English & History students only)

3. Attend the English Department Induction Meeting 1

4. Meet your personal tutor (during the first 3 weeks of term)

5. Find the Library

6. Attend Induction Meeting 2

7. Register for your modules (you have until Friday 19th October)

8. Find the Bookshop

9. Look out for social announcements

9. Wellbeing

Finally, if you need help in the first week and your personal tutor isn't around, pop along to the Undergraduate Office, room H506 in the Humanities Building or in Milburn House, room G.06, or contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies for first years.


The Autumn term officially begins on Monday 1st October 2018. You should already have enrolled on-line before this date, but if not, please make sure that you do so as soon as possible. If you have been unable to enrol from home or elsewhere before arrival at the University, you can get access to the internet to enrol from the suite of PCs in the Student Computer Centre. Please see University enrolment information for full details.

Course Specific Meetings

English & Theatre Studies students should attend the Induction Meetings 1 & 2, and also their own specific course meeting which will take place on Wednesday 26th September 2018, 11.00am - 12:00noon, R0.12 (Ramphal Building, Groud Floor).

English & Creative Writing students should attend the Induction Meetings 1 & 2, and also their own specific course meeting which will take place on Wednesday 26th September 2018, 11.00am - 12:00noon, Writers' Room, Milburn House.

English & History students should attend the Induction Meetings 1 & 2, and also their own specific course meeting which will take place on Thursday 27th September 2018 11:00am to 12:00noon in H.058 (Humanities Building, ground floor).

Induction Meetings

All single and joint honours students based in the English department are required to attend both Induction meetings:

Meeting 1. Convenors introduce individual modules and explain procedures for joining them. Where there are choices to make, the options open to you will also be explained.

Meeting 2. Includes overview of course structure and requirements, library information, meeting current students and student society representatives.

The Bookshop

Course books are available for purchase from the University Bookshop.
All course books should be in the shop by the beginning of term but you don't need to purchase them all at the same time. If you have trouble locating a text, inform your module convenor immediately. You will also find course texts in the library and the Learning Zone at University House.

Social Announcements

Look out for notices inviting you to join the huge range of the university's social clubs – including the Lit.Soc, Freshblood, and Warwick University Drama Society. Also, come to the English Department's welcome party in room H545 at the end of the English corridor on Wednesday 26th September 2018. It starts @ 6.00pm.


Your wellbeing is supported by the university and the department throughout your time at Warwick. Click here for information about specific wellbeing events running in Welcome Week.