Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

Have you always wanted to be a writer? Have you got a story to tell but you don't know how to unlock it? Do you want to know more about the craft of writing? Do you want to learn how to read both as a critic and as a writer? If so, this exciting new evening study joint honours degree is ideal. In the heart of literary London, in a building that was once home to Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group, you will study with leading academics and celebrated published authors across the fields of fiction, poetry and drama. You will also develop your knowledge and understanding of a wide range of literary writing in English, from earliest times to the present day. This degree culminates in the opportunity to develop both extended creative and critical pieces under the guidance of award'winning writers.

Course Modules

In Year 1, you take two compulsory modules that will introduce you to the basic elements of craft in the writing of prose fiction, drama and poetry. You also take two compulsory English literature modules that will introduce you to some of the major genres and periods of English literature, while developing your skills in understanding and applying a range of critical theories and methods.

In Year 2, you take a compulsory creative writing module that will develop your writing skills in longer'form fiction. You also take a compulsory English literature module that will develop your ability to critically evaluate longer fiction.

All other modules are optional, chosen from a wide range offered across our BA English and our BA Creative Writing programmes. You can also choose option modules on related programmes in the School of Arts, such as our BA Arts and Humanities.

In your final year, you undertake a written project in English literature (a long essay) or an extended writing project in a genre of creative writing.

Year 1:

Critical Foundations;

Doing English;

Introduction to Drama;

Introduction to Fiction;

Introduction to Poetry;

Writing London.

Year 2:

Narrative Methods;

The Novel.

Year 3:

Extended Writing Project;

Project BA English;

The Creative Critical Seam.

Creative writing option modules:

Creative Non'Fiction;

Fiction Workshop: The Contemporary Novel;

Poetry Workshop 1;

Poetry Workshop 2: The Open Page;

Scriptwriting Workshop 1: The Essentials of Stage and Screen (The 30 Minute Script);

Scriptwriting Workshop 2: Writing for the Contemporary Stage;

Scriptwriting Workshop 3: The Radio Drama;

Scriptwriting Workshop 4: The Television Drama (The 60 Minute Script).

English literature option modules:

Benjamin / Barthes;


Contemporary British Fiction;


Geoffrey Chaucer;

Gothic Romance 1764'Present;


Reading Joyce's Ulysses;

Shakespeare and Performance;

The Creative Critical Seam.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £13,000 Overseas Fees