Why English

Our English department encourages a great range of transferable skills for employment in interesting and innovative ways. Our Creative Writing Tutors are all published authors, with expertise in short fiction, non-fiction, poetry, novels and script writing. Michael Stewart has written for TV, stage and radio and his debut novel King Crow is the winner of the Guardian’s ‘Not-the -Booker’ Award. Pulitzer Prize Finalist Heather Clark wrote Red Comet, the critically acclaimed biography of Sylvia Plath. 

Our literature lecturers regularly appear as experts on TV and radio and curate exhibitions to explore the literary world with wide audiences.

Our courses

Get published

Get your work published alongside some of the big names in literature through our in-house publishing company Grist books. Grist publishes our students alongside some of the big names in literature. These include: Simon Armitage, Melvin Burgess, Helen Simpson, John Boyne, Toby Litt and Lemn Sissay. Student published work is given to key players in the industry, such as publishers, agents and editors. It’s a unique opportunity to gain valuable career experience. 

grist Our in-house publishing company, Grist books.

Unique Opportunities

Huddersfield hosts the award-winning international Literature Festival which attracts some of the biggest and best writers in the world: Jodie Picoult, Joanne Harris, Irvine Welsh and Ian Rankin to name a few. You can get involved in local literature festivals and events, meeting famous authors. Our students are at the centre of the festival, planning, programming, curating and stewarding events. This has led to a number of our students securing professional careers in festival management. 

Huddersfield Literature Festival logo

Field Trips

English students can get out of the classroom on a range of exciting field trips. Past visits have included The Bronte Parsonage, The British Library and Shakespeare’s Globe in London. All these trips are either heavily subsidised or free to students.  


How to apply

Here is what you need to know about applying to the University of Huddersfield.

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