English at Cambridge

Update on coronavirus (COVID-19)

In light of the latest advice about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, all outreach activities and events organised by Cambridge Admissions Office (including Faculty of English events) have been cancelled until the end of August 2020. Offer-holders and prospective students should consult the Cambridge Admissions Office coronavirus webpage for the latest information.

We look forward to reopening the Faculty for visits from prospective students once we are advised that it is safe to do so.

English Tripos 2020-21: Information for incoming students

There are no changes to the structure of the English BA course for 2020-21. All papers will be offered as advertised and there will be no reduction in teaching.

Owing to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in the light of government guidance, some changes will be made to the mode of delivery of some teaching in the academic year 2020-21. This is in order to minimize risks to health, and we will continue to monitor advice and respond as necessary to the changing public health situation. In line with university guidelines, we expect that lectures will be delivered remotely/online. Classes, seminars and supervisions will be delivered either in person or online, as circumstances permit.


Welcome to all prospective undergraduate students!

English is one of the most popular degree subjects in the UK. Students find studying it enormously interesting and intellectually rewarding, and the skills it helps to foster are greatly sought after by top employers in many fields. Cambridge has one of the world’s great English faculties, and we care very much about attracting the best and brightest students from any background and from anywhere in the world. 

Undergraduate students of English at Cambridge are taught by members of one of the largest English faculties worldwide. We have an internationally distinguished reputation for our teaching, and for the quality of our students.  The course we offer is at the core of this achievement. Cambridge was one of the first universities to offer the study of English as a unique discipline, and the Faculty’s early innovations continue to shape our teaching. We pride ourselves on being a teaching faculty: our academics are not only some of the most distinguished thinkers in their fields, but also committed teachers eager to encourage and direct your study.

Many of our lecturers have won prestigious prizes for their work, and the Faculty's research and teaching are consistently recognised as among the best internationally. The Cambridge English Faculty is consistently ranked among the very best in the world.

If you are a school or college student thinking of studying English at university, these pages will provide you with: