Creative Writing BA (Hons)

Creative Writing BA (Hons)

Single Honours Creative Writing strikes an all-important balance between developing your existing personal writing interests, and extending your sense of your strengths through an innovative themed structure that challenges you to try new forms and ideas in an array of genres.



Reasons to study Creative Writing BA (Hons) degree at DMU:

  • DMU is ranked in the Top 10 for Creative Writing in the UK
    for ‘overall student satisfaction’, according to The Complete University Guide 2019
  • Become part of regional writing networks 
    and perform and publish your work through events such as our book fair, States of Independence, DMU’s Cultural eXchanges festival, and take advantage of spoken word events.
  • Gain practical skills
    in confident performing, audio recording, and technical skills in digital/print publishing
  • Take risks and experiment 
    in areas of writing you may have not encountered before; such as podcasting, making audio-visual pieces, and multi-linear digital work
  • Work beyond the classroom
    in stimulating settings like an urban walk-workshop, museum trips, and collaborative ghost-story writing sessions in a chapel
  • International opportunity
    #DMUglobal where you will have the opportunity for a meaningful international experience

Creative Writing at DMU enables you to find the creative path that’s right for you. The unique structure means your modules are organised around stimulating themes such as place, identity, and the relations between word, image, and sound. Within these you develop skills in a wide range of forms, including fiction, poetry, screenwriting, creative non-fiction, audio and performance writing, and new media. 

Alongside familiar form and genres such as short stories, free verse, strict form poetry and memoir, you will also have the opportunity to explore screenplays, graphic novel scripts, flash fiction as well as new media and concrete poetry.

By the end of the course you won’t just be writing, you’ll be making your own professional-standard publications for the page and web, and making studio-quality recordings of your own work. Final year voice-coach training will mean you also leave us as confident public performers.


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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: W800 

Duration: Three years full-time, six years part-time.

Fees and funding: For 2019/20 tuition full-time fees will be £9,250 per year.

Find out more about course tuition fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Duration: Three years full-time

Fees and funding international: For 2019/20 tuition fees will be £13,250 per year

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

  • 104 points from at least 2 A ‘levels 
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DMM 
  • International Baccalaureate: 24+ Points

GCSEs - Five GCSEs grades 9-4 including English Language or Literature at grade 4 or above.

Access - Pass Access with 30 Level 3 credits at Merit (or equivalent) and GCSE  English (Language or Literature) at grade C/4 or above.

We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English at grade 4 or above (if required as part of our standard requirement).

Note: Applicants with non-standard qualifications may be asked to complete a piece of work to support their application.

First year of entry to this course is assessment by portfolio / evidence. We welcome applications from writers of all ages. Mature applicants with less conventional qualifications are encouraged to contact the Admissions Team to discuss their application.

Interview required: No 

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band, or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.


Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments



First year

  • Exploring Creative Writing
  • Writing Identity 
  • Reading for Craft
  • Shaping Ideas
  • Elective module

Second year

  • Word, Image, Sound
  • Writing Place

Single honours only:

  • Personal Projects
  • Story Craft
  • Elective Module
  • Creative Writing in the Workplace

Third year

  • Portfolio
  • Specialism plus Negotiated Study
  • Professional Writing Skills

Single honours only:

  • Extended Portfolio




This degree programme is carefully designed to develop your potential by ensuring you encounter the full range of forms open to the 21st century creative writer, whilst also allowing you flexibility to focus, for assignments, on projects and genres that interest you most. We want you to learn that practicing a particular kind of writing can hone your craft in a different form (for example, dramatists learn so much about choreographing the natural movements of a voice on the page from writing free verse poetry). But, equally, Single Honours gives you  the chance to develop longer work on projects grown from your own interests.

In the first year, the focus is upon shorter work, and the importance of developing your editing and re-drafting skills; and your capacity to accept and evaluate feedback from others.  This process will enable you to take a critical and reflective approach to your work (Both creative and reflective writing will be assessed). But you will also practice shaping and developing your own ideas, and practice reading as a writer to learn new craft skills.

At second year the assignments lengthen, and the focus upon research intensifies as you are expected to situate your own writing alongside your reading of other writers in your field. This involves developing a more sustained writing practice informed by an understanding of the conventions of particular genres, and your management of readers’ expectations.

In the final year, such knowledge is pushed further by making you consider how your sense of the ways in which creative work is published and marketed will help you understand how your own practice might fit in – or resist – contemporary conventions.

In all years, the modules reinforce the knowledge that reading and analysing the work of other practitioners – your fellow students included - will help you understand and develop your own formal and technical abilities.  

Contact hours
You will be taught through a combination of workshops, lectures, tutorials, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is solely through coursework (Creative submissions, presentations, essays and projects). Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year you will normally attend around 10 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and workshops) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 28 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.


Facilities and features

Clephan Building

Home to DMU’s humanities subjects, this facility is equipped with the latest audio-visual equipment and cinema screens. Currently Clephan houses some key Art, Design and Humanities student support facilities including the Arts, Design and Humanities Placement Team.

The Building features the Leicester Centre for Creative Writing, a hub for creative writing in the historic city of Leicester. The centre is a place to study creative writing, a centre for research, and houses a vibrant and diverse community of writers.


We have 1,600 study places and more than 700 computer workstations across all library locations on campus. These give access to more than 500,000 print publications, thousands of e-books and e-journals and a huge range of DVDs, plus a host of research databases.

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

The Library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management.

There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.


Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse provide flexible spaces, whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities. Wi-Fi is available across all campus locations.


Opportunities and careers



Work placements are offered as part of this course and they are one of the best ways to boost your skills and experience while studying, as well as improving your chances of gaining a graduate level job and can often lead to an offer of employment for when you graduate.

We have numerous links with organisations both in the UK and internationally, and the placements team will help you find a placement to suit your and you interests and aspirations. 


Students on the #DMUglobal trip to New York


This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world. Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

Creative Writing is an international-facing subject: you learn about the global publishing world, and are tutored by writers and guests part of the international writing community. Students have taken opportunities to study abroad in America, Cyprus, Germany and Japan.


Graduate careers

The final year Professional Writing Skills module prepares you to think more widely about employability, and to recognise – and articulate to employers – the rich skills you bring to any workplace. Some graduates currently work in schools (as teachers or in other roles), for publishers, in publicity departments and on newspapers. One graduate is a stand-up comic while another has reached the clinical practice stage of postgraduate medicine. Some undertake further studies at masters and doctoral level both in Britain and abroad. Others travel or choose work which allows them time to write. 


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