Course Handbook 2018-2019

  • BA (Hons) English Studies

  • BA (Hons) English Studies with Creative Writing

  • BA (Hons) Creative Writing

Welcome from your Course Team

It is our great pleasure to welcome you to the Department of Humanities at Teesside University. We are delighted that you have chosen to study with us and we are confident that our English Studies and Creative Writing courses can offer you a learning experience which is both stimulating and rewarding.

English Studies and Creative Writing courses at Teesside (whether single honours or English with Creative Writing) are designed to enable you to gain a thorough knowledge and understanding of literature, culture and creative writing in a range of historical and critical contexts. As English and Creative Writing students you will be given the opportunity to achieve expertise in the professional communication and presentation of ideas and arguments and will be encouraged to develop your capacity for critical and independent thinking. The skills and qualities acquired in the course of your studies can prove a source of great personal satisfaction; these skills and qualities are also highly valued by employers.

By enrolling on a degree programme, you have made a commitment to learn and study at an advanced level; in return for this commitment, English Studies and Creative Writing tutors will offer you academic and pastoral support and guidance to enable you to fulfil your personal potential. We look forward to working with you!

Your Course Leader:

Your course leader is Dr Ben Lamb. You can contact Ben by email at:

Your Student Handbook

This handbook aims to provide an overview of your course of study.  We encourage you to refer to this handbook for any course information.

In addition to this handbook there are several other sources of information including the University handbook and School handbook (hyperlinks will take you to up to date sources of information as required).

If after reading this information you need further clarity please contact your course leader (see details above).

The English and Creative Writing Course Handbook provides a range of important information that you will need to refer to throughout your studies. Just some of the things on offer here include:

  • Information about the degree you are taking
  • Some general advice about how to ‘do’ a degree, and how to be successful in your studies
  • Information on how you will be taught and assessed, as well as how you will receive feedback on your work
  • Advice about ‘the skills of scholarship’
  • Who your Course Team are, what roles we play, and what those roles mean to you
  • Various important aspects of the regulations that govern your degree

The Student Handbook is designed to inform and advise you as a new student but will also be an important source of information as you continue your studies.