St Mary's University, Twickenham

Course Introduction

There is no snobbery in the teaching of creative writing at St Mary's. Our job is simply to make you the best writer you can be. We are open to all kinds of writers with a wide array of interests, from science fiction to screenplays and from rap to romance. You tell us what you want to write and we will help you to write it as well as you can. There is only one way to write, and that is to write. Perhaps that sounds like circular reasoning, but it's the fundamental truth about the craft. In the Creative and Professional Writing programme we want you to write. A lot. Because if you love writing, and we assume you must, then you just have to sit down and get to it. If you study at St Mary's, you will be provided with opportunities to participate in international study tours ' such as Rome or Jerusalem ' and overseas study for a semester. There are also opportunities for workplace learning and internships. The Theology department is always delighted when anybody wants to join theological discussion and we are always fascinated to hear people articulate the reasons they have for their interest in Theology and Religious Studies. The team has many years of wide'ranging academic and pastoral experience, which is key to the shape of the programme we offer.

Course Modules

Professional and Creative Writing. Level 1: A foundation module in writing skills helps assess candidates strengths and weaknesses, looks carefully at the English language, and prepares students for all kinds of writing; reading across literary forms will work on students capacity to read novels, short stories and other texts effectively and critically; writing short fiction will give you a thorough grounding in the construction of short stories; an introduction to print journalism looks at the nature of journalism and its place in our culture. Level 2: Students are able to choose to study in the following areas: writing lyrics and poetry; writing for business purposes; writing genre fiction; the publishing industry; writing for film and television; writing in collaboration; journalism 2. Level 3: Students are able to choose to study in the following areas: special study / portfolio; journalism 3; writing poetry; writing children's fiction; screen writing; writing reviews and criticism. Theology and Religious Studies Level 1: The first year is foundational for students, whether studying for a single honours degree or as a joint honours degree; modules include: Foundations in Christian theology, which examines the content of Christian faith and practice in an ecumenical spirit; foundations in Biblical interpretation, which explores the Old and New Testaments in search of their historical and contemporary significance; foundations in religious studies, which examines the functions and dimensions of religion, with an introduction to six major world religions; foundation in western classics engages with the ideas which shape the cultural matrix of the West; in addition students could choose an optional module on religion, community and culture, which would involve them in fieldwork in various parts of London; students also have the opportunity to study options from Biblical Hebrew and New Testament Greek during their degree. Level 2: Modules include: Biblical studies: Hermeneutics of the Old Testament; synoptic gospels; Pauline Christianity; theology: grace and salvation; Christology and trinity; Eastern Christian traditions; religious studies: Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, atheism and non religion. Level 3: Modules include: Biblical studies; gospel of John; prophets; apocalyptic; wisdom literature; theology; worship; liturgy and sacraments; ethics and spirituality; bioethics; issues in science and religion; ecclesiology; religious studies; religion in modern Britain; religion and gender; religious perspectives on conflict; mind soul and psychology; issues of identity.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
1 - 4 years
Part Time
BA (Hons)

Qualifications required:

  • Tariff 112
  • Irish Leaving Certificates BBCC
  • European Baccalaureate 60%
  • SQA Higher BBBC
  • International Baccalaureate 28
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units) MD
  • BTEC National Diploma MMD
  • BTEC National Award
  • GCE A-level
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma D*D*
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MMD
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units) D
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units) M2

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