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English, Creative Writing and Philosophy

Pathway courses

Choose to focus on key fields of study within selected courses and tailor your degree

Learn from experts

Study under published writers and scholars

Workplace learning

Kick-start your career with the chance of a work placement on every course

Love reading and dissecting the written word? Dream of crafting great stories of your own? Want to explore the word of influential philosophers? No matter what you’re after, we have the right course for you. 

In our undergraduate English and Creative Writing courses, published authors and scholars will lead your practical exploration. You'll cover fiction and narrative, poetry and literary theory, as well as creative non-fiction. Workshops, seminars, lectures and one-to-one tutorials will bring your learning to life. More importantly, you'll explore your ideas alongside those of other writers, artists and thinkers. 

Novelists, poets, editors and publishers will also play a part in your learning. These guest lectures will give you a varied perspective of literature. From genre to getting work in print, you'll get advice from people who've been there and done it. 

In our philosophy courses, we will guide you through traditional philosophers, including Kant, Nietzsche, Heidegger and Foucault, treating along the way their ideas concerning such fundamental problems as the nature of time, the human, ethical or political practices, and history.  

You'll also get access to superb library facilities and outstanding levels of support. No matter which degree you choose. 

On selected courses, we are offering a new way to complete your degree: using pathways. This is an alternative route that you can choose to take in the second year of your full-time undergraduate degree. It will tailor the modules you take in the rest of your course to focus on an area that you are passionate about, or want to base your future career around.


Work experience and careers

Whatever you choose to study at Staffordshire University you will have the opportunity of a work-placement, where you’ll gain experience and connections to give you an edge in your future career. 

This work experience may link to your degree, or it could be a broader experience. Our commitment will give students the best possible mix of knowledge and experience. 

You'll also meet specialist writers, publishers, teachers on our degrees. So you won't just learn from us. They will share their skills and experiences with you. 

Work Experience Opportunities: 

We've also introduced workplace-based study. This involves a research project in an industry environment of your choice. Developing your skills, these projects also give you valuable links with organisations.  

In the past, students have worked with: 

  • Schools 

  • Publishers 

  • Media companies 

  • Advertising agencies 

  • Newspapers 

Our students

Julie-Anne Slevin
English and Journalism

The tutors are a credit to the University; they are always more than willing to aid in any way they can. It is because of that support that I was able to improve my grades.

Holly Jukes
English Teacher at Ormiston Horizon Academy

Some of the modules I study are workplace-based and involve a research project. This gives me the chance to establish valuable links with organisations that I might want to work for later on, such as schools, publishers, media companies or even advertising agencies.

Jordan Wilkinson
Creative Writing

The best thing about studying English here at Staffs is the analysis of not only what is going on in the text but what it can tell you about culture and society.

Our staff

Dr Mark Brown
Dr Mark BrownSenior Lecturer

As well as being Course Leader for English and Creative Writing, I teach on First Year core modules and American literature modules on Crime Fiction, the Contemporary, Modernism and Beat Writing. I also supervise MA and PhD students.

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Dr Lisa Mansell
Dr Lisa MansellSenior Lecturer (Tef)

I teach Introduction to Creative Writing, Poetic Writing, Long Poem, Text Art/Visual Poetry, and Experimental Writing.

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Professor David Webb
Professor David WebbProfessor

David is the course leader for Continental Philosophy. His expertise includes Modern European Philosophy, especially phenomenology, and French epistemology and philosophy of science (Heidegger, Levinas, Foucault, Serres, Bachelard, Cavaill&egrav…

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Dr Melanie Ebdon
Dr Melanie EbdonSenior Lecturer

I am a specialist in contemporary literature, in particular ecocriticism and postcolonial literatures.

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Paul Houghton
Paul HoughtonSenior Lecturer

I am a specialist in the writing of contemporary fiction, particularly the short story and also the novella and novel.

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Our graduates

Alex Mazey English Literature and Creative Writing, 2013

An award winning published writer, Alex pursues his passion for literature alongside a career teaching English that’s taken him across the world.

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