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Murray Edwards College
University of Cambridge


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English at Murray Edwards in Cambridge is a subject which is compelling, demanding and astoundingly rewarding. It also leads on to exciting and varied careers, from acting at the National Theatre to becoming a British diplomat, and from running film festivals in Romania to writing for Buzzfeed. More details about the course can be found on the University website.  Like all Colleges, we require English Literature at A Level or equivalent but no other subjects are required and a number of different subjects can be helpful for studying English at Cambridge.

At Murray Edwards we admit around ten students a year, making us one of the largest Colleges for English in Cambridge and English is one of the largest subjects at Murray Edwards.  You will thus be part of a large community of up to thirty undergraduates within the College.

Studying English at Murray Edwards

English at Murray Edwards benefits from a tradition of success, a superb library, and a supportive ethos where we try to help each student find her own individual way through the course. We have three fellows in English: Dr Leo Mellor, our Director of Studies for first- and second-year students, who works on war writing and Modernism, and who teaches nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature. Dr Raphael Lyne, who directs studies for our final-year students, is a University Reader and an expert on Shakepeare, English Renaissance literature more broadly and also Literature and Cognitive Science. Dr Jenny Bavidge works on children’s literature and on the literature of London.

Admissions Assessment and Interview arrangements

As with all applicants for English, if you apply to Murray Edwards then you will be asked to sit the English Literature Admissions Test (ELAT) in your school, college or a registered test centre in early November.  We also ask for you to submit written work from your A Level (or equivalent) studies.  If we decide to invite you to interview then you will have two interviews at Murray Edwards.  These will both be subject-specific interview conducted by our fellows in English.

What our students say

Murray Edwards College has given me all the support I needed to succeed. I’m grateful that I’ve always been encouraged to be bold academically and to believe that my ideas have real value.” Georgia, 1st class mark in English Finals

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