BA (Hons) English and Creative WritingQ3W8

    Course Overview

    Duration: 3 years full time.
  • During the BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing degree, students are encouraged to identify their own subject emphasis and can chose to focus mainly on creative writing or English literature, or maintain a broader English-based study. With an eye firmly on employability, this English degree will offer insights into creative writing, English literature and English language.  Involving engagement with texts as writer and reader, students have the opportunity to work with a variety of forms including fiction, memoir, poetry, travel journalism, screenplay, stage play, and writing for new media.  Literature from across the centuries to the present day is included, and we study the ways in which English language functions. The creative writing focus will involve students in the publication of their original writing and the chance to see their stage writing put into performance by students on our acting programme.

    Work placement opportunities are available in the second year, offering the chance to experience the subject in work-related environments, while gaining academic credit towards the degree qualification.

    A series of Visiting Writers has run successfully for a number of years and brings published writers, or other professionals involved with writing-related industries (literary agents, for example), into the University to take classes with students and to deliver evening presentations for students, staff and members of the public. 

    The programme offers the possibility to study abroad for a semester, usually in the USA.  Involvement with Camp America is also a possibility.

    During the course, you’ll learn high-level writing, analytical, oral communication and IT skills which transfer readily to many work environments, including those which involve the understanding of rhetorical technique and enable effective and persuasive writing.  For students focusing on creative writing, digital literacy will include the use of screenwriting, publishing and blogging software. Work placement opportunities and the production of online profiles further enhance post-degree employability,

    English and Creative Writing offers instructional lectures, writing workshops and extended projects in fiction, journalism, poetry, stage- and screenwriting. The members of our teaching staff are all published writers and practitioners in their field and have links with other professionals, writing groups and societies. Students have further opportunities to work with additional published writers who are invited as guest lecturers in our Visiting Writer series.

    Field trips include a residential writers' retreat, where students have the opportunity to escape to a quiet, rural idyll hired for our exclusive use, to focus on good writing, good food, country walks and more writing.

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All first year modules are compulsory.

  • 1st Year CLOSE
    • The Craft of Writing.
    • Introduction to Narrative and Poetry.
    • 20th Century Text in Performance.
    • Intertextuality.
    • English in the World.
    • Engaging with Learning: English and Creative Writing.
  • 2nd Year OPEN
    • Shakespeare in Context.*
    • Variation in English.*
    • The Language of Modern Fiction.*
    • Language and Ideology.*
    • Work-based Learning.*
    • TESOL.
    • Children’s Literature.
  • 3rd Year OPEN
    • Poetics and Stylistics.*
    • Language Change & the History of English.*
    • Screen Writing and Filmic Language.*
    • Discourses of Nature in Romantic & 19th Century Literature*
    • Dissertation – English Literature.
    • OR Dissertation  – Creative Writing.

Entry Requirements & Fees

Career Opportunities

The high-level writing and analytical skills the programme engenders lend themselves to many working environments including writing for new media and publishing. A high percentage of students graduate with the 2.1 or first class honours degree so valued by employers.

Many graduates go on to further study at Masters level or undertake teacher training. A considerable number have gone on to successful careers teaching English both at secondary level and as a foreign language.

ALUMNI OF BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing

Current Students


Course Leaders

The course is conducted by a team of academics: Dr Hayden Gabriel, Dr Paul Bentley, Dr Steve Disney, Malcolm Maciver and Kevin Johnson. The team includes a published novelist and poet and has rich experience in creative writing, English language and linguistic research, acting, publishing and much more.


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    • Visiting Writers confirmed for 2015-16 are Mimi Thebo on 27th October, Marlene Creates on 19th November, Philip Marsden on 1st December, Isabel Galleymore on 16th February and Blake Morrison on 15th March. The Visiting Writer evening events are open to all and free to attend.
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    • The visiting writers will also hold private classes with students.
    • Find our more about our past visiting writers.
    • To see what our alumni and current students are up to have a look on our Facebook page.
    • Field Trips confirmed for 2015-16 are Residential Writers’ Retreat and theatre visits.
    • Other Options - study for one semester in the USA.


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