Postgraduate study


How and why do we create fictions? What do writers themselves say about the practice of writing? What does literature have to do with the real world? How do representations of identity in culture affect the way we see the world? Has the internet killed the book?

Engage with these and other questions on our cutting-edge courses in English studies and creative writing. At Teesside University, you study literature and culture in a range of historical, political and theoretical contexts, develop advanced critical and communication skills valued by employers, and work within a dynamic and supportive team of students, lecturers, writers and researchers.

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

Our courses are taught by a team of dedicated and enthusiastic teachers and researchers. Ben Knights, Professor Emeritus of English at Teesside, is former director of the English Subject Centre, the national centre for learning and teaching in English Studies in higher education.

First-class facilities

Our library has an impressive collection of relevant material which is continually renewed. You have access to the internet, virtual learning environments and electronic databases through the library's 400 workstations. English also hosts two Royal Literary Fund Fellows - Carol Clewlow and Kitty Fitzgerald – who provide students with advice and guidance on both critical and creative writing.


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 postcolonial literature and cultural representation, to transgender and the literary imagination. Our expertise ensures that students of English at Teesside University are up to date with the latest thinking in their discipline.