Postgraduate study


Engage with the past and contemporary world in exciting and creative ways. Develop your extensive knowledge of literature and culture, and gain the advanced critical and communication skills valued by employers – all this in a supportive and stimulating learning environment. Within English studies you read great literature and study its wider context. If you have an interest in creative writing, English at Teesside University gives you the opportunity to develop your talent and apply your skills.

English and history at Teesside

Teesside University library has an impressive collection of relevant material which is continually renewed. Study history and you can access the North East Film Archive and a comprehensive Green Archive.


  Course title Qualification Full-time Part-time  
Creative Writing MA Yes Yes View course
Creative Writing (Distance Learning) MA Yes Yes View course
English MA Yes Yes View course

Quality teaching

We have a team of dedicated and enthusiastic teachers and researchers.

English research at Teesside University is rapidly gaining recognition for excellence in the field of modern and contemporary literature and culture, exploring topics ranging from the neo-Victorian novel to misfit moderns and from British theatre pioneers to music video.

Questions of identity are at the heart of research in English at Teesside, which contributes to vital cultural debates about gender, sexuality, ethnicity and religion in contemporary British society.

Researchers in English have played a leading role in the development of creative writing in schools, colleges and universities, providing innovative new perspectives on teaching this expanding new subject.

First-class facilities

The University library has an impressive collection of relevant material which is continually renewed. You have access to the internet, CD-ROMs and electronic databases through the library's 400 workstations.


We offer full-time or part-time research degree opportunities at master of philosophy (MPhil) and doctor of philosophy (PhD) level in a range of areas.

  • Modern and contemporary literature and culture
  • Gender and sexuality studies
  • Victorian and neo-Victorian literature and culture
  • Post-colonial studies
  • Creative writing
  • Approximate timescales
    • MPhil - 2 years full-time, 4 years part time
    • PhD - 4 years full-time, 6 years part time

    Entry requirements

    • First-class or 2.1 honours degree


  • Share your passion for books and reading with like-minded people
  • 57% of our English language and literature research is recognised as world-leading and internationally excellent (REF 2014)
  • Find your voice with internationally recognised creative writing tutors
  • Gain communication and critical skills that employers value highly