BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing

University of Portsmouth
3-4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Portsmouth
English

About this program

BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing

Do you see yourself as the next JK Rowling? Have you always dreamed about writing your own novel or publishing your own work?

On this BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing degree course, you’ll fuel your writing with inspiration drawn from the study of great literature. You’ll develop your voice and hone your craft under the guidance of published authors, poets and playwrights.

This course provides you with the skills and market awareness to succeed in disciplines such as writing, editing, publishing and teaching.

Admission requirements

Typical offers

  • A levels – BBC–BCC
  • UCAS points – 104–112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent, including 32 points from A level English (calculate your UCAS points)
  • International Baccalaureate – 26

English language requirements

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

Year 1

Core modules for this year currently include:

  • Telling Tales
  • Body Politics
  • The Short Story: Murder, Madness and Experimentation
  • Tips, Tricks, Techniques
  • True Stories
  • There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules for this year include:

  • Literary Prizes and Public Acclaim

Optional modules for this year currently include:

  • Bloody Shakespeare: Shakespeare's History Plays
  • Creative Writing and Critical Thinking
  • Creative Writing for Comedy
  • Creative Writing for Film
  • Crime Writing
  • Dystopian and Apocalyptic Environments: Ecocrisis in the Literary Imagination
  • Engaged Citizenship through Interdisciplinary Practice
  • Film, Media and Performance Study Exchange
  • Finding Form: Fiction
  • Finding Form: Non-fiction
  • Finding Form: Writing for Performance
  • Mortals and Immortals: Man, God and the Devil in Early Modern Literature
  • Press and Public Relations
  • Professional Experience
  • Research in Practice
  • Space, Place and Being
  • Student Enterprise

Year 3

Optional modules for this year currently include:

  • Consuming Fictions: Food and Appetite in Victorian Culture
  • Creative Writing Dissertation
  • Dissertation/Major Project (English Literature)
  • Enlightenment: Literature, Culture and Modernity
  • Fact and Fiction
  • Fan Fiction
  • Holocaust Literatures
  • Magical Realism
  • Time, Temporality, Contemporary Fiction
  • Travel Writing
  • US Masculinities
  • Writing Project (With Publishing)

Scholarships & funding

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

Program delivery

Duration

  • 3 years full-time
  • 4 years sandwich with work placement

Tuition

  • For UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250 per year
  • For International students: £15,500 per year

Qualification

On this English and Creative Writing degree course you’ll:

  • Develop your ability to write as a critic and creator, and become an expert in the history of literature, its modern trends and how the written word is evolving
  • Learn techniques for producing short stories, poetry and plays and learn to dissect, critique and perform your writing
  • Tailor your studies, choosing module options that match your interests and career ambitions
  • Publish your work in our annual anthology and course blog
  • Learn from visiting professional novelists, poets and playwrights, such as Andy McNab, Francesca Beard and Suzi Feay

Career paths

When you complete this course, you'll have the necessary knowledge, skills and market awareness to enter a variety of creative careers. You could also go on to postgraduate study or research.

What can you do with an English and Creative Writing degree?

Previous graduates have gone on to work in areas such as:

  • creative writing (prose, poetry, script)
  • copywriting
  • publishing
  • advertising and marketing
  • arts and events management
  • local and community broadcasting
  • teaching

What jobs can you do with an English and Creative Writing degree?

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • editor
  • publishing assistant
  • copywriter
  • information abstractor
  • narrator
  • projects administrator

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Portsmouth is consistently within the top-ranked institutions in the UK for student satisfaction, which is reflected in the teaching quality, but also the experience that students enjoy with us.

Students can live a few minutes' walk away from their faculty buildings on campus, with only a 5-10 min walk to the seaside.

The cost of living and accommodation in Portsmouth are significantly lower than in the larger cities in the UK, meaning you'll be able to live more comfortably here. The city is so compact that you don't need to take any public transport and most students/lecturers get around by bike.

The city has a population of around 200,000 and over 10% of this is made up of our student population. We have 5,000 students from overseas on campus.

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