Brunel University London

Course Introduction

Our Creative Writing BA course has been designed to encourage high levels of creativity, initiative and originality in the design, production, interpretation and analysis of creative writing.

You will be taught every genre of creative writing by some of the most talented and original wordsmiths working today. Between them, they’ve published over 80 books, produced countless scripts for TV, radio and film, and won umpteen awards. The teaching team includes author and journalist Will Self and renowned performance poet, writer and broadcaster Benjamin Zephaniah.

From week one you will write and interact with your peer group of creative writers. You will share ideas and give constructive feedback to others on their creative writing work.

In your first year you will gain a solid grounding in fiction, drama and poetry writing, and you will study world literature. You can choose a variety of subjects in your second year such as journalism and screenwriting. In your final year, the creative industries module helps you consider your career options and shape your future. You’ll start to specialise in your chosen field and choose from a wealth of specialist options.

There are guest lectures covering different aspects of creative writing. Industry expert speakers include book publishers, screenwriters, poets and broadcasters.

You have the advantage of Brunel’s close location to London, the literary capital of the UK. You’ll benefit from trips to the British Library, Shakespeare’s Globe and West End theatres.

Our BA in creative writing can be studied full-time over three years, four years with a placement year, or part-time over six years.

We encourage the placement year option. This time in industry helps you to further prepare for the world of work and you’ll have a year’s worth of invaluable professional experience when you graduate. If you decide to go on a creative writing placement year, you could find yourself working at magazine publishers, film production companies, or even the London Screenwriters’ Festival. Some placements lead to jobs on graduation.

You’ll have the opportunity to get your work published before you graduate. An anthology of creative work is produced each year curated and edited by our creative writing students. Your writing talent can also be showcased at a variety of performances hosted by Brunel including poetry, plays, comedy and film screenings, literary debates, and the popular Brunel Writers’ Series.

Course Modules

Year 1

World Literature, World Literacies

Creative Writing Practice

The Creative Process

Year 2

Optional Modules

Writing Journalism

Writing the Short Story


Writing Contemporary Poetry

Horror, Sci-fi and Fantasy

Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes

Life Writing

Nineteenth-Century Novel

Shakespeare Text & Performance

The Women’s Movement: 20th Century Writing and Contemporary Writing

Postcolonial Writing


Romanticism & Revolution

Contemporary British Fiction

Genre Fiction

Year 3

Core Modules

Creative Writing Special Project

Creative Industries

Minor Project

Optional Modules

Writing Modern Fiction

Writing Comedy

Writing Film and Television

Performance Poetry


Victorian Literature and Culture

Jane Austen and Her Novels

Post-War and Late Twentieth-Century Literature. 1945-2001

Modern & Contemporary Lesbian Literature

Writing Ireland


The Muslim World in Early Modern English

Chaucer to Shakespeare

Reading for Writers / Writing for Readers

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Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 European Fees
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) £15,860 Overseas Fees
Short Course
Part Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £6,935 European Fees
Short Course
Part Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £6,935 Home Fees
Short Course
Part Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £11,895 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • IELTS (Academic)6.5with no less than 5.5 in each subsectionInstitution's Own Test65% in Brunel English Language Testwith no less than 55% in each subsectionTOEFL (iBT)92.0with a minimum of:
  • Reading - 18
  • Listening - 17
  • Speaking - 20
  • Writing - 17PTE Academic58.0with a minimum of 51 in all subscores