Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Creative Writing and English

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: WQ83

What you'll study

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • The Writer’s Toolkit

  • Literature Lab

  • Poetry Performance Play

  • Travels in Text and Time

  • Identity and Place in a Digital Age

Optional modules

  • Narrative and Narration

  • Facts into Art

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • The Storyteller’s Art

Optional modules

  • Creative Enterprises

  • Screenwriting

  • The Age of Chivalry and Romance

  • Love and Desire in Renaissance Literature 1530-1633

  • Visionaries and Rebels: Romantic Poets

  • Brief Encounters with the Victorians

  • British and American Modernism

  • The Child in British and American Literature

  • American Rebels: Reading 20th Century US Counterculture

  • Collaborative Arts Practice

  • Writing Poetry Now

  • Writing the Novel

  • The Short Story

  • Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama

  • Sentiment and Scandal

  • Reinventing Literature from 1950-present

  • War and Literature

  • Voyage Out: Travel and Writing (combines Fictions of Empire)

  • American Gothic

  • Written on the Body: Rethinking Gender

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Creative Writing Project Preparation

  • Creative Writing Project Portfolio

Optional modules

  • Experimental Writing

  • Writing the City/Writing Place

  • The Courtly

  • Playing God

  • Unruly Subjects and Renaissance Texts

  • Authorship and Identity in Renaissance Literature

  • Cultural Heritage: The 19th Century Today

  • Gothic

  • Speaking Pictures: Literature and the Visual Arts

  • Contemporary Fiction

  • Crime Fiction

  • Post 9/11 Literature of the US

  • Collaborative Arts Practice: the Arts as a Living

  • Writing the Revolution

  • Shakespearean Transformations

  • Myths, Legends and Language of the Vikings

  • Secrets and Lies: Victoria Decadence and Degeneration

  • Traumas of Childhood

  • Crossing the Line: Frontiers, Coasts and Borders

  • Special Author

  • American Slavery in Literature and Film

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More about this course

Hull has a long and illustrious association with creative writing; being the former home of poets Andrew Marvell and Philip Larkin and featuring alumni such as Douglas Dunn and Roger McGough. Your studies as a Creative Writing and English student are enhanced by the Larkin Centre, which attracts internationally renowned visiting authors, as well as new talent. Creative Writing at Hull - ranked top five in the UK for teaching quality by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2018 - is taught across a wide range of genres by published poets, novelists and biographers.

This three-year programme will develop your confidence in writing by moving from the development of core skills to self-directed longer pieces of writing while experimenting in different genres. The English aspect of the course imparts a sophisticated awareness of the critical debates in the discipline and allows you to become familiar with major periods of literary expression.

Teaching and Learning

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Study English in the city described as the most poetic in England, where Philip Larkin wrote most of his best work.

Become part of the thriving literary and creative scene at the University and beyond.

Superb facilities include the Brynmor Jones Library which is open 24/7 and boasts cutting edge technology and more than a million books.

Gain a first-class grounding in literature, from the medieval era to the 21st century, under the guidance of world-leading experts.

Entry requirements

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

120 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

Fees may be subject to permitted inflationary increases in future years. 

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Future Prospects

English graduates from both single and joint honours programmes have an excellent employability record.

Our graduates have found employment with a wide range of public and private sector companies and organisations including: East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Sainsbury, Marks and Spencer, and the Ministry of Justice.

Our graduates are employed in a wide range of graduate entry positions including Public Relations Officer, Secondary Teacher, Retail Store Manager, Employment Agency Consultant, Quality Assurance Technician, Pension Adviser and Fundraising and Appeals Organiser.