About the course

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.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BA (Hons) English Literature and Creative Writing
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BA (Hons) English Literature 2019 Programme specification 2 BA (Hons) Creative Writing

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

Course details

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.

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
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Becoming a Writer 15 Credits Compulsory
    Genre Fiction: Building Worlds 15 Credits Compulsory
    Writing for the screen 15 Credits Compulsory
    Texts Up Close: Reading and Interpretation 15 Credits Compulsory
    Make it New: Literary Tradition and Experimentation 15 Credits Compulsory
    Border Crossings: Modern Literature from around the World 15 Credits Compulsory
    Shakespeare Reframed 15 Credits Compulsory
    Identity and Contemporary Writing 15 Credits Compulsory
    Journeys and Quests: Adventures in Literature 15 Credits Optional
    American Voices: Introduction to US Literature and Culture 15 Credits Optional
    Romantic Origins & Gothic Afterlives 15 Credits Optional
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Graduate Skills 0 Credits Compulsory
    A Nation of Readers: British Identity and Enlightenment Culture 15 Credits Compulsory
    Studies in Twentieth Century Literature, 1900-1945 15 Credits Optional
    American Literature to 1900 15 Credits Optional
    Twentieth Century North American Writing 15 Credits Optional
    Images of Contemporary Society: British Literature and the Politics of Identity 15 Credits Optional
    Writing for the Stage 15 Credits Optional
    Language and Imagination: The Art of the Poem 15 Credits Optional
    Writing for the Screen 15 Credits Optional
    Age of Transition: the Victorians and Modernity 15 Credits Optional
    Literature at Work 15 Credits Optional
    Revisiting the Renaissance 15 Credits Optional
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Tell It Slant: Writing and Reality 15 Credits Compulsory
    Short Story Workshop 15 Credits Compulsory
    Renaissance Tragedy 15 Credits Optional
    Eighteenth Century Bodies 15 Credits Optional
    Literature Project 30 Credits Optional
    Between the Acts: Late Victorian and Edwardian Literature 1890-1920 15 Credits Optional
    Postmodern Genders 15 Credits Optional
    Children's Literature:Growing up in Books 15 Credits Optional
    Native American Literature 15 Credits Optional
    East End Fictions: Interdisciplinary Studies of London's East End 15 Credits Optional
    Worlds Apart 1: Utopian & Dystopian Writing 15 Credits Optional
    Texts and Screens: Studies in Literary Adaptation 15 Credits Optional
    The Golden Age: Victorian Children's Literature 15 Credits Optional
    African-American Literature 15 Credits Optional
    Generation Dead: Young Adult Fiction and the Gothic 15 Credits Optional
    Twenty-first Century American Writing 15 Credits Optional
    Euro-Crime on Page and Screen 15 Credits Optional
    Creative Writing Project Poetry 30 Credits Optional
    Creative Writing Project Prose 30 Credits Optional
  • 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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    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    Other financial support

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    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

    UCAS points A Level BTEC IB requirement
    104 BCC DMM 104 points

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 3 Years
    • Sandwich, 4 Years
    Locations
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

    2020

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

    2021

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    23/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    23/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    23/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    Optional Sandwich Placement or Study Abroad year
    We welcome applications from international and EU students