Brunel University London

Course Introduction

Storytelling is part of every culture and reveals much about a person’s lived experience, values and aspirations within a given time. If reading is a pleasure and creative writing very much a part of you, then an English degree with creative writing might appeal.

If you’re ready to explore more widely, think more deeply and consider how you, as a reader, are placed in relation to a text and how that affects your interpretation, you’ve come to the right place.

Brunel offers one of the most highly regarded creative writing courses in the UK, with many staff members active as novelists, writers for performance, or as cultural critics. Through them you will learn and practice the fundamentals of writing in a variety of forms including poetry and film.

After a first year of introductory writing modules with options in literature to develop your critical reading, your exploration in English and creative writing is very much down to your own interests.

In years two and three a wealth of optional modules await you, covering every period and genre in literature from Shakespeare to Austen, comedy to horror and world literature, alongside further writing options in journalism and modern fiction.

Throughout your course you will be encouraged to express your own thoughts and creativity in your coursework and seminars, which will help you to grow as a critic and writer.

English with Creative Writing BA will equip you with personal skills employers’ prize in graduates – exceptional written and verbal communication and the ability to work collaboratively in teams. At Brunel you will be able to develop these in abundance.

Opt for a placement year and you will gain real-world work experience while you study which will further increase your attractiveness to employers when you graduate.

Outside of your classroom, you can look forward to events and activities organised by the Brunel Centre for Contemporary Writing, including the annual Hillingdon Literary Festival: a free weekend of literary performances from internationally renowned authors, writing workshops and lively debates, right here on campus.

Course Modules

Year 1

Core Module

Introduction to Writing Fiction

Introduction to Writing Drama

Introduction to Writing Poetry

Workshop Diary

World Literature, World Literacies

Creative Writing Practice

Optional Module

Critical Reading Portfolio

Creative and Critical Portfolio

Reading Resilience

The Creative Process

Year 2

Optional Modules

Nineteenth-Century Novel

Shakespeare Text and Performance

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

Post-Colonial Writing

Modernism

Romanticism and Revolution

Contemporary British Fiction

Genre Fiction

Writing Journalism

Writing the Short Story

Screenwriting

Life Writing

Writing Contemporary Poetry

Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy

Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes

Year 3

Project

Optional Module

Psychogeography

Writing Modern Fiction

Writing Comedy

Writing Film and Television

Performance Poetry

Creative Writing and the Creative Industries

Victorian Literature and Culture

The Muslim World in Early Modern English Literature

Writing Ireland

Modern and Contemporary Lesbian Literature

Chaucer to Shakespeare

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

Reading for Writers / Writing for Reader

Violence

Start Date:

09/2020

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) £9,250 European Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £15,400 Overseas 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) £6,935 European 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 subsection