Brunel University London

Course Introduction

We are proud that English and Creative Writing at Brunel consistently appear in The Guardian’s top 10.

English at Brunel is ranked 8th in the UK and 2nd in London (The Guardian 2018). English at Brunel is ranked 43rd in the UK and 4th in London (The Complete University Guide, 2019).

Storytelling is a fundamental human activity. Every day, we exchange jokes and anecdotes. The important events in our lives need to be told and retold many times over. We tell and read stories for pleasure and information. We also read to gain a better understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

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. A Brunel English degree will foster your imagination, independence of thought and intellectual flexibility – transferable personal skills that employers value in graduates.

Industry links - The course is taught by highly qualified staff who are actively engaged in research, scholarship or professional practice. The Creative Writing department is unique in its industry focus. You’ll have the chance to hear from professional authors. We also run the Writers Series, which brings leading authors to our campus. If you select our joint English and Film and Television Studies course you’ll benefit from our extensive contacts in film and television production, distribution and exhibition in London, as well as in media public relations and marketing.

English with Creative Writing BA (Honours) - Brunel offers one of the most highly regarded Creative Writing programmes in the UK. Many staff members are active as novelists, writers for performance, or as cultural critics.

You can combine your literary studies with creative writing and you will deepen your skills with a sound grounding in the fundamental techniques of fiction, poetry and writing for theatre. You'll also appreciate what it takes to make it as a writer in the real world and make a living in a creative economy.

Getting ready for work English at Brunel is geared towards employability and the world beyond academia. All students can opt to take a four-year English sandwich course, which includes a year-long placement in an industry of your choice. If this is not quite what you are looking for you can instead take one of the third year employability modules that we offer to all English students. In addition, each year every student is required to participate in personal development and employability events especially tailored for English students. The study discipline, research skills and ability to shape large amounts of information into engaging arguments make our English graduates very attractive to future employers. Many Brunel graduates go into teaching or media-related jobs like publishing, marketing and journalism. Others go into the business world as account executives, campaign organisers and consultants.

Course Modules

Typically in year 1 you will study: Critical Reading Portfolio; Reading Resilience; Introduction to Writing Fiction; Introduction to Drama; Introduction to Poetry; World Literature, World Literacies.

Typical modules in year 2: Nineteenth-Century Novel; Shakespeare: Text and Performance; The Women's Movement and 20th Century Writing; Postcolonial Writing; Modernism; Romanticism and Revolution; Contemporary British Fiction; Genre Fiction. Optional: Writing Journalism; Writing the Short Story; Screenwriting; Writing Contemporary Poetry; Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy; Writing the Self.

Typically in year 3: Project. Optional, choose from: Pyschogeography; Writing Modern Drama; Writing Modern Fiction; Writing Comedy; Performance Poetry; Creative Industries; Victorian Literature and Culture; Post War and Late 20th Century Literature 1945–2001; Modern and Contemporary Lesbian Literature; Writing Ireland; Violence; The Muslim World in Early Modern English Literature; Chaucer to Shakespeare. Visit our website for full course details and modules.

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) £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