Study English and Creative Writing at Hull

Explore global literature and share your voice at a university where we’ve been teaching English for nearly 100 years.

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Harness the power of words in the country’s “most poetic city”

Renowned poets and writers from Andrew Marvell to Philip Larkin, Stevie Smith to Tom Paulin, J.R.R. Tolkien to Winifred Holtby, all have ties to our University and city. And you could too.

Because when you walk through our doors for the first time, you become a valued member of a tight-knit community. And part of a tradition that stretches back nearly 100 years: we’ve been teaching English here since 1928.

You’ll explore global literature, share your unique voice, and harness the power of words to bring about positive change. You'll work on projects relating to real-world situations – including themes of sustainability, collaboration and resilience – and you’ll write in a range of forms from prose to poetry, to scriptwriting and non-fiction.

Plus, you’ll be taught by local, national and international experts: scholars, researchers and published authors. People who bring their research, experience and passion into everything you learn.

Ashvita Sudhakar studying in the Brynmor Jones Library

Most poetic city

Hull’s been called the country’s “most poetic city” thanks to our connections with renowned poets and writers including Philip Larkin, Andrew Marvell and J.R.R. Tolkien to name a few.

3rd in the UK

Creative Writing at Hull is ranked 3rd in the UK for Student Satisfaction.¹

5th in the UK

Our English degrees are ranked 5th in the UK for both Student Experience2 and Student Satisfaction.3

90+ years

English has been taught at Hull since 1928. As one of England’s oldest universities, we have a proud heritage of academic excellence.

World of opportunity

Whether it’s our local poetry circuit, thriving English society, in-house magazines and showcases, or the Larkin Centre for Poetry and Creative Writing, you’ll find inspiration on your doorstep here.

A city full of creativity and opportunity

There’s a buzzing literary scene here. Groups like Away with Words and Women of Words are part of the local poetry circuit, while HUWrites provides a platform for performance with termly showcases and student-led podcasts.

Join our thriving English Society and engage with world-leading authors, book clubs and socials. Or design, edit and publish with our in-house magazines, Document 1 and Hull Scribbler.

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Power of words

Our Larkin Centre for Poetry and Creative Writing explores the power writing to change attitudes, improve health outcomes and tackle society’s issues.

Research driven

Our academics are experts in their field. In the latest Research Excellence Framework, 93% of our research was ranked internationally excellent.
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Taught with passion

You’re taught by internationally-renowned scholars, published poets, fiction writers, and scriptwriters, who bring their expertise into all you learn.
Portrait of Andrew Marvell by Vincent Galloway (1894-1977) © Hull Museums Collections KINCM: 2005.37

Literary legends

Poets and writers Andrew Marvell, Philip Larkin, Stevie Smith, Tom Paulin, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Winifred Holtby all have ties to Hull.

Where could a degree in English and Creative Writing take you?

They don’t just pave the way for a literary career. The ability to showcase a creative mind through writing is a rare skill and highly valuable to employers. And our courses train you to analyse, research and communicate at a very high level.

This sets up careers for our graduates in professional writing, journalism, advertising, publishing, research, marketing, teaching and more.

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Think you’re not ready or right for uni? Think again…

If you don’t meet our entry requirements, you could still join us on a foundation year. This is an extra year at the start of your degree, designed to boost your academic skills and subject knowledge. It’s available on our BA English course.

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.

Spread your wings and see the world while you study

To help you build an international perspective into your future academic or professional career, we provide a wide range of opportunities to experience study and life in other parts of the world.

Australia, Tokyo, Sweden, Hong Kong, India, the Netherlands ... you name it, our students have been there. And you could too. Because every Hull student has the chance to travel and study abroad with our Global Hull service. Along the way, you’ll make unforgettable memories. But more than that, you’ll boost your confidence and your contacts.

Your next steps

We’re here to help at every stage of your journey to university, whether you’re looking for a course, or you’re ready to apply. If you have any questions, just get in touch. You can also receive important updates from us using the form.


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1. The Complete University Guide 2024.

2. The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024.

3. The Complete University Guide 2024.

4. Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021.