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

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Come to an Autumn Open Day on October 7, October 21 or November 18 to find out more about this subject, our students and the University.


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.

Foundation year Year abroad Industrial placement Integrated Masters


  • 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

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

  • 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 looking at film as art, history, culture, entertainment and commerce.

  • English and Music

    Gain a sophisticated understanding of the critical debates in English literature, while developing your skills as a professional musician.

  • English and Philosophy

    Two of the oldest, most vibrant academic disciplines - study English language and literature and alongside philosophy's central thinkers and ideas.

  • English Language, Linguistics and Cultures

    English is one of the most commonly spoken languages in the world. You'll study language issues from various perspectives and cultural contexts.

  • English with a Modern Language

    Combine the study of English language and literature with the opportunity to learn another language.

  • History and English

    Gain an understanding of the human past. Literature is a window onto the society that created it, and history enables a better appreciation of its products

Postgraduate Taught

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 MRes 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.


Become part of the thriving literary and creative scene at the University and beyond. We have a wealth of cultural resources from the library and Middleton Hall to the Hull History Centre and the Larkin Centre.


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


At Hull, you'll be taught by expert, research-active, 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.

*Data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency

92%of English students are in employment or further study within 6 months of 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.