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English and Creative Writing courses

Where better to study English than the city described as the most poetic in England? At Hull, English is part of the School of Humanities, 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. Our writing modules enable you to develop high-quality creative work including short stories, genre fiction, non-fiction, novels, poetry and scripts.

Creative Writing courses at Hull are ranked second in the UK for student experience‡ and our English courses are ranked 5th in the same category.

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.

Foundation year

Gives you the skills and knowledge for entry on to a degree if you don’t quite meet the academic entry requirements.

Study abroad

We have partnerships with universities across the globe. Depending on your course, you can study for one trimester, or a full year, in another country.

Industrial placement

Work in industry as part of your degree. Depending on your course, you can spend part of your degree on placement. See your course page for specific details.

Integrated Masters

Some courses combine undergraduate and postgraduate study. The integrated Masters year is an extra year after your standard 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.

  • English Language and Literature

    Uncover the power of words – engage with the texts, discourses and language that are crucial to addressing today's critical issues.

Postgraduate Taught

  • MA in English (Creative Writing and English Literature)

    Our MA in English can be tailor made to your interests in either Creative Writing or English Literature, or both. In this fully flexible MA programme, you choose to focus on the writers, or forms of writing, that most interest you.

  • MA in Incarceration Studies

    Explore incarceration in all its forms on a programme that combines teaching in cultural studies, film, history, sociology, criminology, visual culture, English, and creative writing.

  • MA in Creative Writing


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

Postgraduate Research

  • English research degrees

    Academic staff in English at the University of Hull have expertise in all literary periods from Chaucer, Marvell and Shakespeare to 21st Century fiction and poetry. Study at MA or PhD level.


I was really well supported throughout my time at Hull. The campus itself was very welcoming, and I was made to feel very at home.

Heather Lacey
Marketing Executive, Eversheds Sutherland - BA (Hons) English graduate


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 Tracey Thorn, 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,  the Gothic, Renaissance literature, dystopian fiction, Shakespeare and intercultural reflections on Shakespeare, crime and transgression, gender and sexuality in writing, and literature writing the environment.

English is ranked 4th in the UK for overall satisfaction, with an overall score of 98%.*


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; Graduate Outcomes survey for the academic year 2019/20, published by HESA 2022

100% of Creative Writing students are in work or further study 15 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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The best way to see if the University of Hull is right for you is to come and visit us. We hold Open Days throughout the year. Book your place now - we'd love to meet you.


The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023.