English and Creative Writing

Where better to study English than the city described as the most poetic in England? At Hull, English is part of the Department of English and American Studies, which sits in the Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education


Our programmes provide a first-class grounding in literature from the medieval era to the 21st century, by way of English and American authors of poetry, short fiction, drama and novels.

We also offer pre-sessional English language programmes, if English isn't your first language and you're looking to boost your skills to study a degree.


  • English

    Our staff are experts in a range of literature from the medieval to the 21st century, providing the flexibility to pursue your passions.

  • Creative Writing and English

    Develop your confidence in writing by moving from building core skills to self-directed longer pieces of writing, while experimenting in different genres.

  • Creative Writing and Film Studies

    Develop your skills in writing and experimenting in different genres. You'll also look at film as art, history, culture, entertainment and commerce.

  • Drama and English

    Engage with dramatic texts, theatre history, modes of criticism and a wide range of performance practices.

  • English and American Literature and Culture

    From Hull to Hollywood, deepen your understanding of the culture and history of the British Isles and the United States, past and present.

  • English and Film Studies

    Study English from a range of genres and periods, while also looking at film as art, history, culture, entertainment and commerce.

Postgraduate Taught

  • MA in Creative Writing


    The University of Hull Online MA in Creative Writing is designed to establish you as a complete prose writer. Find out more about our part-time, online course.

Postgraduate Research

  • English research degrees

    We have expertise in a wealth of literary periods and genre, from Old Norse to 21st century literature. Choose to study at MA by Research or PhD level.

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Drama and English Lisa Swanson UNI-0593

I chose Hull because it's got amazing facilities. It was the best university I visited, it felt like home.

Lisa Swanson
BA (Hons), Drama and English


The University of Hull has a remarkable literary legacy. You will be following in the footsteps of Philip Larkin, who was the university librarian at the Brynmor Jones Library, and alumni such as Rosie Millard, Tom Paulin and Douglas Dunn. You’ll also take inspiration from writers and poets such as Sir Andrew Motion, Stevie Smith and Winifred Holtby, who all have links to the university and city.

You can choose from a range of modules covering topics like scriptwriting, American gothic, Renaissance literature, science fiction, Shakespeare, crime fiction, post-9/11 American literature, gender and sexuality in writing, and literature in the digital age.


Become part of the University's thriving literary and creative scene and contribute to Hull's legacy as UK City of Culture using cultural resources from the library and Middleton Hall, to the Hull History Centre and Larkin Centre.


Renowned poet Philip Larkin is one of the many influential authors who have strong links to Hull and are studied on our wide ranging syllabus.


Whatever modules you choose, you'll be taught by expert, friendly staff who are currently publishing in - and changing the nature of - their subjects.



Whatever you're studying, the library is one of the best places in the country to get your work done. With over a million books, and state-of-the-art technology throughout, there's a good reason that this is one of the most visited places on campus.


An English degree gives you a wide array of skills which are highly valued in many professions.

When you graduate, you’ll have access to a diverse range of career paths including: teaching, media, journalism, marketing, advertising, heritage and tourism, and publishing to name just a few.

* UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, for the academic year 2016/17 published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency 2018

96%of english students are in work or further study six months after graduating*

english research


The literary tradition at Hull, associated especially with the poets Andrew Marvell and Philip Larkin, continues and embraces new creative and critical work. Our research ranges from Medieval literature to screen-writing.

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