English with Creative Writing BA (Hons)
English is an inherently plural discipline, with some students choosing to focus on creative writing, some wishing to study literary history, and others wishing to study the English language.
Our English with Creative Writing BA (Hons) degree offers great flexibility through its mixture of optional and compulsory modules in creative writing, literary history and the study of language, allowing you to tailor the English with Creative Writing degree to suit your interests. Our academic staff are recognized for their expertise in areas such as contemporary poetry and theory, playwriting, culture and communication, and literature from the 16th century to the present day. Their knowledge of these subject areas and enthusiasm for their research and teaching makes this a vibrant and supportive place for you to study, a place where you can learn the many different skills you will need, including transferable skills for your future employment.
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What you'll study
Our English with Creative Writing BA (Hons) degree will introduce you to theories and techniques in contemporary writing, foster independent creative writing skills and reflect on individual creative practice. You will need to study 120 credits each year, 60 credits in each semester.
The information below reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. Please see Terms and Conditions of Study for more information.
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Final year
Our combination of core and optional modules will introduce you to all aspects of the subject and provide you with the skills you need for the rest of your degree studies. The texts you will study are from the Renaissance period to the twenty-first century, and you will read many different forms of literature, learn key theoretical approaches to the material, and develop your skills in close reading, oral communication and essay-writing.
In the first year you will choose one optional module.
Exploring Language and Linguistics Core
Exploring Language and Linguistics
This module will introduce you to some of the most important aspects of Linguistics, including grammar and syntax, and the history and formation of the English language. This will develop your skills in reading, evaluating - and creating - different kinds of written and spoken texts. A fascinating subject area, and highly useful learning.
Analysing Poetry: Metre, Form and Meaning Core
Analysing Poetry: Metre, Form and Meaning
This module aims to develop your skills in poetic close reading and will introduce you to a variety of forms and genres (including the sonnet, elegy and dramatic monologue).
We will discuss poetry from a wide range of literary periods, from the Renaissance to the present day.
Narrative Forms and Fiction Core
Narrative Forms and Fiction
Narrative forms and fiction allows you to explore the concept of narrative over a range of genres and time periods, including the study of film as well as short stories, memoir and fiction. Find out how narrative works and, if you wish, try your hand at creating your own stories, screenplays and even graphic novels
Elephants and Engines: An Introduction to Creative Writing Core
Elephants and Engines: An Introduction to Creative Writing
This module will introduce you to techniques for writing fiction and poetry. These include imagery, character and location - allowing you to write in whatever form or genre you wish, and on any subject matter. Practical workshops and examples from contemporary literature will help you to write, and to develop your writing strengths.
Literary and Critical Theories Core
Literary and Critical Theories
The module introduces significant classic and contemporary theoretical approaches and key concepts used in the study of literature today, from which you’ll draw throughout your English degree. Explore themes such as Gender and Sexuality, Fantasy and Dreams, and Power and Protest - and apply them to your own interpretations of literary texts.
How to do Things with Digital Texts Optional
How to do Things with Digital Texts
This module addresses the ways in which the digital revolution is changing literary studies, and enables you to use digital resources to aid and expand your close reading skills. You’ll also learn how to create your own innovative versions of texts using tools such as Juxta and desktop publishing software.
Introduction to Film Optional
Introduction to Film
This module will introduce you to the approaches, skills and vocabularies essential for the analysis of film. We will consider stylistic and formal elements, cinematic authorship and stardom, and issues of race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality, covering films of diverse periods and genres.
Writing in History Optional
Writing in History
This module will provide you with an outline of English literary history from the late medieval period to the early 20th century. You will discover how various ‘timeless’ literary texts reflect the historical context which produced them, often in surprising and complex ways, while also gaining an overview of the dominant movements and periods of English literature.
Maps and Motors: The Writing Portfolio Core
Maps and Motors: The Writing Portfolio
This module develops the skills and techniques that you gained on the Introduction to Creative Writing. Exploring advanced techniques such as defamiliarisation, epistolary and ekphrasis, you’ll be encouraged to build on your strengths and develop new ones. Practical workshops, no lectures – and of course the freedom to write a portfolio in any form, and about any subject.
Our core modules allow you to develop your understanding of the literature of different historical periods and to study a range of well-known and less familiar writings that will extend your knowledge and confidence in the subject. You will also develop your creative writing techniques and approaches in order to identify your strengths and interests. A choice of optional modules allows you to pursue areas of particular interest, and to deepen your understanding of the various social, cultural and political contexts of the texts you are studying.
In the second year, you will take one core Creative Writing module, two core English modules (one pre-1800 and one post-1800) and choose three optional modules.
Maps and Motors: The Writing Portfolio Core
Maps and Motors: The Writing Portfolio
This module develops the skills and techniques that you gained on the Introduction to Creative Writing. Exploring advanced techniques such as defamiliarisation, epistolary and ekphrasis, you’ll be encouraged to build on your strengths and develop new ones. Practical workshops, no lectures - and of course the freedom to write a portfolio in any form, and about any subject.
Renaissance Writings (pre-1800) Core
Renaissance Writings (pre-1800)
A fascinating insight into the literary forms and texts of the Renaissance. As well as a range of texts from the Elizabethan period to the Civil War, you’ll look at historical and cultural contexts, in order to understand what these writers are doing in this period of transformation - including the controversy and power of their writing.
Victorian Literature (post-1800) Core
Victorian Literature (post-1800)
On this module you will examine in detail some of the important novels and poems of the Victorian period. We will consider these works in relation to the social and cultural contexts of the nineteenth century, including class, gender, sexuality, religion and science.
Chivalry from Chaucer to Shakespeare Optional
Chivalry from Chaucer to Shakespeare
Discover and explore the codes of chivalry represented in the behaviour of knights in love, justice, and war from the medieval to the early modern period. Authors studied typically include Geoffrey Chaucer, Thomas Malory, Edmund Spenser, and William Shakespeare.
Nineteenth Century American Literature and Culture Optional
Nineteenth Century American Literature and Culture
In this period, the United States developed in terms of culture, economy, population - and ambition. This module will examine how writers of poetry, fiction and theatre depicted the events of this century, including the American Civil War, poverty and gender roles. If you want to understand the United States today, start here.
The Weird Tale Optional
The Weird Tale
The module aims to explore the development of the Weird Tale in Britain and the US from the late nineteenth century onwards, attempting to define the form, to examine its history, and to engage critically with its preoccupations.
Introduction to Linguistics Optional
Introduction to Linguistics
How can we use language to describe and explain the structure and functions of language? Learn how to analyse written texts, film and television by examining the theories of language and applying them to contemporary examples.
Eighteenth-Century Literature (pre-1800) Core
Eighteenth-Century Literature (pre-1800)
This module will introduce you to a range of texts from the period 1700-1830. We will discuss them within their original cultural and historical contexts, including revolution, Romanticism and the Gothic.
Modernisms (post-1800) Core
This module is an introduction to the diversity of literary movements, ideas, and concepts grouped under the term 'Modernism'. You will study a range of texts, both fiction and poetry, produced in the early twentieth century when a number of writers broke with tradition and sought new ways of depicting the rapidly changing world around them.
African American Culture Optional
African American Culture
On this module you will explore the complex formal and political questions raised by African American cultural expression produced between 1845 and the present. We will study a wide range of forms and media - literary, cinematic and musical - situating these in their shifting historical contexts, from the nineteenth-century American South to the contemporary Black Lives Matter movement.
America at War Optional
America at War
America has been involved in major military conflicts in the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries: World War 1, World War II, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam War, and the Iraq War. This module addresses war writing including the novel, poetry, drama, film, music, photo-journalism, and non-fiction. It enables you to develop critical awareness of the myriad ways in which writers and film-makers have responded to and imagined warfare.
Arts Management Optional
This module covers a range of issues related to arts management including: the economic and political landscape for the arts and creative industries, careers in arts management, funding for the arts, establishing and running an arts-based organisation, arts programming, curating, audience and customer development, finance and fundraising, marketing, time management and project management.
Creative Dissent: Protest, Activism and Art Optional
Creative Dissent: Protest, Activism and Art
This module identifies and addresses the central concepts, terminologies and debates concerning the relationship between art, activism and politics within society through a series of 20th-century and contemporary case studies. Be part of an online blogging community, work collaboratively and develop a reflexive approach to establishing your own perspective on socially engaged and activist forms of cultural practice.
From Print to Digital: Publishing Revolutions Optional
From Print to Digital: Publishing Revolutions
This module provides multiple perspectives on publishing and the spread of ideas through print and the digital in society, and on key concepts and ideas from the publishing world. It traces significant changes that have taken place in the book trade since the invention of printing to the digital revolution and to explore the challenges and opportunities arising from these changes.
Introduction to Multimodality Optional
Introduction to Multimodality
How do we communicate through images and what is the relationship between visual and verbal text strategies? The aim of the module is to introduce students to the study of texts that are created not just by using verbal language.
Material Culture Optional
Optional module taught by Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies, focusing on the concept of physical and virtual objects. The ideas of consumption and possession are explored, including the notion of the body as a material thing and the nature of gift and exchange.
Philosophy, Literature and the Arts Optional
Philosophy, Literature and the Arts
On this module you will read and discuss some of the key ideas in philosophy that are central to literary study and theory, and to the discussion of art and its role in our lives and societies. We will be examining these alongside a selection of literary texts and visual art (sculpture, painting and photography) which pose, incorporate or illustrate philosophical ideas and questions.
Women's Writing in the Seventeenth Century Optional
Women's Writing in the Seventeenth Century
English with Creative Writing BA (Hons)