Department of English


English Language and Literature

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Life at Queen's

As an MA, MPhil or PhD student in the English Department, you will attend seminar classes, hang out in our lounge overlooking Lake Ontario, work at your desk in our student offices, attend regular speakers series, partake of the many social events organized by the GES, relax at one of many on-campus venues such as the Grad Club, and simply enjoy life in Kingston.

While you are here, a state-of-the-art array of accessibility, health, and counselling services and events are offered by our Student Wellness Services.  You can learn more about services of particular interest, such as dedicated health counsellors for graduate students, in information provided by the GES.

Our international students benefit from the mandatory University Health Insurance Plan and many other resources and services found at the Queen's University International Centre (QUIC).

Picture of Kingston waterfront park at Queen's main campus

KINGSTON is an historic small city situated at the confluence of the Great Lakes, the Rideau Canal (a World Heritage Site), and the St Lawrence River.  It lies on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory and has been a European settlement since 1673 and the first capital of the Province of Canada in 1841.  It’s nineteenth-century brick and limestone core includes the first capitol building and Market Square, the oldest continuing farmer’s Market in Ontario.  Today the city is also known for its three universities, its distinguished writers community, its diverse restaurant and pub scene, and its range of live music.  The city lies at the edge of the Thousand Islands and the southern tip of the rocky, Canadian Shield country, surrounded by a variety of wetlands, fields, lakes and forests for walking, canoeing, and other adventures.  Be sure to visit our new sandy park at the edge of campus — and bring a beach towel!


QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY was established by royal charter in 1841 and is among the oldest and is the most compact of the leading research-intensive universities in Canada.  It’s main campus is sited on Lake Ontario next to Kingston’s historic downtown and comprises architecture ranging from the old stones of Theological Hall to the state of the art Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.  Our internationally recognized Agnes Etherington Art Centre houses important collections in Canadian art, African art, and European masters and presents a calendar of special exhibitions of innovative new artists on a variety of themes.  Our library system comprises two main libraries, rare materials and special collections, and archives.

See Our Interactive Campus Map.