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.

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.


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.

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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