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BA (Hons) English with Creative Writing

Goldsmiths, University of London
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
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About this program

BA (Hons) English with Creative Writing

Combine the study of literature with the practice of creative writing. You’ll graduate with the ability to be informed and curious about literature, and with the imagination to turn that curiosity into creativity.

This flexible programme allows you to choose topics related to American literature and culture, comparisons of literature across different cultures and art forms (also known as Comparative Literature), and study diverse aspects of language use in linguistics modules. Your literary and creative studies will be supported by lectures and seminars which will give you practical advice to help you improve your essay writing and refine your research strategies.

Admission requirements

We accept the following qualifications:

  • A-level: BBB
  • International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
  • Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules
  • Scottish qualifications: BBBBC (Higher) or BBC (Advanced Higher) European Baccalaureate: 75%, preferably including English.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H2

Additional requirements

You'll also need:

  • A selection of recent written work
  • Grade B in A-level English Literature; A-Level English Language and Literature; or A-level English Language is required. A-level General Studies is not accepted.

International qualifications

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

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Program content

Year 1

  • Explorations in Literature
  • Approaches to Text
  • Foundation Workshop in Creative Writing
  • Introduction to Poetry
  • Introduction to US Literature and Culture: America and its Discontents
  • Introduction to Comparative Literature
  • Understanding Language in Use

Year 2

  • Creative Writing Workshop
  • Drama and Transgression: From Prometheus to Faust
  • Inventing the Nation: American Literature in the mid-19th Century
  • Literary London, 1800 to 1900
  • Renaissance Worlds
  • Literature of the Later Middle Ages: Society and the Individual
  • Moderns
  • Old English
  • Post-Victorian English Literature
  • 18th-Century Literature
  • Sensibility and Romanticism: Revolutions in Writing and Society
  • Shakespeare
  • Discourse and Society
  • Aspects of the Novel
  • Contemporary Arab Migrant Writing
  • Work Placement (English)
  • Sociolinguistics: Language use, Variation, and Identity
  • (Re)writing America: from the nineteenth century to the present day
  • Language Learning
  • Language Teaching

Year 3

  • Caribbean Women Writers
  • Decadence
  • The Emergence of Modern America: American Literature 1890–1940
  • Approaches to Language and the Media
  • Modern American Fiction
  • Modern Poetry
  • Modernism & Drama (1880-1930)
  • The Art of the Novel
  • Oedipus: Myths, Tragedies and Theories
  • Postcolonial Literatures in English
  • Studies in Literature and Film
  • Renaissance Worlds
  • Narratives of the Great War (1923-1933)
  • Work Placement (English)
  • Professional Communication
  • Word Power: How words are born, live, and die
  • Language and Gender

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


  • Local/EU students - full-time: £9250
  • Local/EU students - part-time: £4625
  • International students - full-time: £17050

Career paths

Our graduates have a good employment record: professions include publishing, journalism, PR, teaching, advertising, civil service, business and industry, European Union private sector management and personnel work, and the media. You can read more about potential career options after graduation on our Department of English careers page.

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Goldsmiths, University of London

With an academic legacy dating back to 1891, Goldsmiths has a rich heritage in the arts and creative disciplines and offers degrees in subjects from the humanities and social sciences to computing and law. Students at Goldsmiths are encouraged to...

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At Goldsmiths you’ll change how you think and be inspired to develop fresh ideas and new approaches to your studies. We champion degrees that provoke thought and stretch the imagination. That’s why so many of our former students are leading the way in reshaping the sociocultural landscape on a global scale.

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8 Lewisham Way
SE14 6NW London
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