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Do you have a story to tell, or have you always wanted to be a writer? Perhaps you want to learn how to be a critical reader or gain a greater understanding of the craft of writing.

Studying English Literature and Creative Writing with us will help you find your voice, whether as a poet, playwright, novelist or scholar of literature.

This joint course combines the study of literature with the practice of creative writing. Studying literature will give you a greater understanding of how literary texts work, while this improved critical insight will help you put principles into practice in your own creative writing.

We offer a stimulating and supportive place in which to explore your ideas, hone your craft and understand literary texts. Our creative writing modules are taught by lecturers who are themselves award-winning practitioners and who bridge the gap between creative and academic approaches to literature. They include our poetry lecturer Wayne Holloway-Smith, winner of the Poetry Society’s Geoffrey Dearmer Prize and Seamus Heaney Prize nominee.

Over the three years you can choose specialist creative writing modules in poetry, creative non-fiction, drama, short story writing and prose fiction. Those specialisms are reflected in our English Literature modules, which range from children’s and young adult literature to film adaptations and work written in English from all over the world.

By the time you graduate, you will have a polished piece of work which has the potential for publication. Recent successes for our students include short stories published in Bandit and AnotherLenz magazines and poetry published in Rising and international magazine Poetry London.

In your first year, an underpinning core module, Becoming a Writer, will introduce you to genres and forms and examine the universalities of dialogue, plot and language. A second core module, Identity and Contemporary Writing, introduces you to some of the most exciting new writing as a model for your own work, while an optional module enables you to specialise in writing for the screen.

The practicalities of getting published or working in literary publishing are explored in a creative writing module in your second year taught by a former editor of Granta, the renowned magazine of new writing. For your final year your particular creative interest can be channelled into a long piece of writing, which can be poetry, prose or drama.

Why choose this course?

We give you: 

  • An exciting and creative environment where you are taught by published writers
  • The opportunity to hone your craft through supportive feedback from tutors and peers
  • Modules which enhance your critical insight and enable you to put principle into practice
  • A platform for publishing your work and a springboard for your future life as a published author
  • An inspiring programme of visiting writers, workshops, readings and masterclasses

What job can I get?

This course enables you to take steps to becoming a published author. We offer a module on working in literary publishing, while you will gain transferable, intellectual and personal skills such as critical and analytical thinking, creativity and subject knowledge which can be applied to a range of industries. Past English students have gone on to careers in teaching, publishing and the media, journalism and marketing. Many of our graduates go on to higher levels of study, engaging in research in their chosen fields.

Course details

Teaching methods

Creative Writing is a practice-based discipline, with the opportunity to experiment by working in different forms. You’ll be taught in small groups in workshop spaces and will receive feedback from your tutors and your peers as you share your ideas, learn to edit and refine your work and develop your presentation and performance skills.

Our two resident poetry research fellows, Mark Waldron and Rachel Long, offer masterclasses, workshops and give regular readings, adding to the vibrant and creative environment in which you’ll be working.

Study Abroad

For aspiring writers, living in another country can provide wonderful raw material, inspiring and stimulating their work. For our students, it is a natural step from studying global literature to go out into the world and experience it for real. All our students have the option to take a year’s study abroad at one of our many partner institutions across the world. Your year will broaden your horizons and enhance your understanding of the literature of other cultures – it may even inspire your dissertation or future published work. 

Find out more about our Study abroad opportunities.

Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

  • Becoming a Writer - 15 Credits
  • Genre Fiction: Building Worlds - 15 Credits
  • Writing for the screen - 15 Credits
  • Texts Up Close: Reading and Interpretation - 15 Credits
  • Make it New: Literary Tradition and Experimentation - 15 Credits
  • Border Crossings: Modern Literature from around the World - 15 Credits
  • Shakespeare Reframed - 15 Credits
  • Identity and Contemporary Writing - 15 Credits

Optional

  • Journeys and Quests: Adventures in Literature - 15 Credits
  • American Voices: Introduction to US Literature and Culture - 15 Credits
  • Romantic Origins & Gothic Afterlives - 15 Credits

Level 5

Core Modules

  • Graduate Skills - 0 Credits
  • A Nation of Readers: British Identity and Enlightenment Culture - 15 Credits

Optional

  • Studies in Twentieth Century Literature, 1900-1945 - 15 Credits
  • American Literature to 1900 - 15 Credits
  • Twentieth Century North American Writing - 15 Credits
  • Images of Contemporary Society: British Literature and the Politics of Identity - 15 Credits
  • Writing for the Stage - 15 Credits
  • Language and Imagination: The Art of the Poem - 15 Credits
  • Writing for the Screen - 15 Credits
  • Age of Transition: the Victorians and Modernity - 15 Credits
  • Literature at Work - 15 Credits
  • Revisiting the Renaissance - 15 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

72 - 168 UCAS points

IB – 72 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above. Find out more about international application requirements.

GCSE Maths grade 4 (D) and English Language grade 4 (C) or above.

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.

How to apply

2019

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23/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
23/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

2020

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23/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
23/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)