English and Creative Writing BA (Hons)

English and Creative Writing BA (Hons)

Delve into the history, uses and context of English as a world language, while developing firm technical foundation in writing.
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Overview

Combines the study of English literature, English language and creative writing to help you learn new skills in a wide range of subject areas.  

Core topics explore the evolution of the English language and how it has been employed by society for communication along with analysis and exploration of critical texts within English literature. 

The creative writing modules will provide you with a firm technical foundation in the craft, helping you to write for a range of media, including print and digital forms, drawing on DMU’s expertise in digital humanities while at the same time developing your own writing in exciting and creative directions. 

You will join a lively and welcoming academic community, where you can study a range of topics including Shakespeare, screen and literary adaptations of the classics, romantic and Victorian literature and sociolinguistics.  

Our graduates are highly employable owing to their highly developed communication and reasoning skills and their ability to work independently and as part of a group. Many have progressed into professions including media, translation, freelance writing, marketing, publishing, teaching, public relations and the civil service.

Key features:

  • Develop a wide range of transferable skills by learning how to absorb, understand and communicate complex information effectively. 

  • DMU is ranked in the top two Creative Writing and English courses in the UK for overall graduate prospects, according to the Complete University Guide 2020.
  • Discover print and digital humanities by learning how to use a hand printing press or gain practical training in HTML, with options to explore the production of literary texts in manuscript, print and digital forms. 

  • Join regional writing networks, take advantage of spoken word events, and perform and publish your work through annual book fairs and festivals such as States of Independence and DMU’s Cultural eXchanges Festival. 

  • You will receive first-rate teaching from internationally renowned academics who are friendly, supportive and passionate about language and literature. There will be opportunities to attend talks by visiting writers, with previous guests having included former Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and poet Benjamin Zephaniah. 

  • Boost your career prospects through valuable placement and internship opportunities. Recent students have landed roles at the BBC and Penguin Random House, as well mentoring schoolchildren.

  • Take part in our international experience programme, DMU Global. Previous students have discovered Danish literature in Copenhagen, taken part in a scavenger hunt in New York Public Library and learned about the role of language in surveillance in Berlin.

Scholarships:

DMU Sports Scholarship
Apply for the DMU Sports Scholarship, worth up to £6,000.

DMU Global High Flyers Award
Our dedicated DMU Global High Flyers Award offers ambitious students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a DMU Global opportunity (terms and conditions apply).

More courses like this:

English Literature BA (Hons)
English Literature (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)

English Literature with Chinese Mandarin, French or Spanish BA (Hons)
Creative Writing BA (Hons)
English Language BA (Hons)

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: QW83

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

Fees and funding: For 2020/21 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, 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 2020/21 tuition fees will be £13,750 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, call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

  • 112 points from at least 2 A'levels and including grade C or above in English Language or Literature
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DDM and a grade C or above in A level English Language or Literature
  • International Baccalaureate: 26+ Points

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

Access - Pass QAA Accredited AHE Diploma with at least 15 credits in Creative Writing, English Language or Literature at grade Merit and GCSE English (Language or Literature) at grade C or equivalent.

  • We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English Language or Literature at grade 4 or above

Interview required: No

In line with DMU's commitment to life-long learning and widening participation, applications from UK and international students with a wide range of qualifications and experience are welcomed.

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

 

Core modules:

  • Approaches to Reading and Writing
  • Evolving Language: An Introduction to Histories of Language
  • Exploring Creative Writing
  • Introduction to Drama: Shakespeare

Second year

Core module:

  • Exploration and Innovation: 14th Century to 18th Century Literature

Optional modules (including at least 30 credits in English Language and 30 credits in Creative Writing modules):

 

  • Ways of Reading
  • Screen and Literary Adaptations of the Classics
  • Text Technologies
  • Sex and Death in Romantic Writing
  • Victorian Literature
  • Twentieth Century Literature
  • Millennial World Fiction
  • Sociolinguistics
  • English Language in UK Schools 
  • Introducing English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Language in Context
  • Grammar: Analysing Linguistic Structure 
  • Semantics: Analysing Linguistic Meaning 
  • Research Methods for Linguists 
  • Phonetics and Phonology
  • Word, Image, Sound
  • Writing Place

Third year

Core module:

  • English Literature Dissertation OR
  • English Language Dissertation OR
  • Professional Writing Skills

Optional modules: 

  • Nineteenth-Century American Literature 
  • English in the Workplace
  • Modernism and Modernity
  • Medieval.com
  • Textual Studies Using Computers
  • Radical and Contemporary Adaptations 
  • Writing Adaptations: Theory and Practice 
  • Revolutionary Men, Unruly Women: Politics and Gender at the Fin de Siècle,1880-1900
  • Watching Early Modern Drama: Spectatorship and Fandom
  • The 21st Century Global Franchise: Adapting the Wizarding World
  • English Language in the Workplace
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Powerful Language
  • Language, Mind and Culture
  • Perception, Persuasion, Power
  • Language Acquisition
  • Creative Writing Portfolio 
  • Specialism and Negotiated Study

Overview

The programme is taught by a team of internationally-renowned scholars and creative writers and uses varied teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, workshops, one-to-one tutorials, and the Virtual Learning Environment (Blackboard). Although some modules are taught by individual tutors, others are team taught, in order to expose students to a wide variety of approaches to the study of language and literature and the practice of creative writing and to allow students to experience a breadth of different teaching styles.  

The first year will see you take core modules on Shakespeare, the history of the English language, Exploring Creative Writing and Writing Identity. 

The second year builds on these foundational modules. Your knowledge of literary history is deepened through study of the core module which offers an overview of English literature from the 14th century to the early 18th century. Similarly, you will have the chance to extend their knowledge of language, taking modules in sociolinguistics, grammar, semantics, phonology or linguistic research skills; while you continue their strand of Creative Writing by taking either a module on Word, Image, Sound or Writing Place. In addition, you have the option to take further period-based literature modules on Romantic and Victorian literature and 20th and 21st century literature or modules which offers you an introduction to other aspects of literary and linguistic study, including in our areas of special expertise, adaptations and digital humanities (Text Technologies), as well as pragmatics and teaching English language (in UK schools and as a second language). There are also further modules in Creative Writing (Story Craft or Personal Projects).

The third year allows you to specialise and to pursue particular areas of interest in the field of English and Creative Writing. All students complete an independent project, either a dissertation in English Language or English Literature or the Professional Writing Skills module. You will then choose additional options from a wide selection of specialist 15-credit and 30-credit modules in Literature, Language and Creative Writing. This includes the option to take a work-based module in either Language or Literature and further options in adaptations and digital humanities.

Teaching sessions might be structured around discussion, working in small groups to analyse  linguistic examples, a film screening or based in a computer lab depending on your module choices. You will complete reading and research in advance and join in conversation with your tutor and your peers. Individual tutorials with module tutors are available in weekly ‘office hours’, at which you can discuss any aspect of your course or get help with assignments. You will experience varied forms of assessment, including essays, presentations, exams, blogs, journals, websites, research reports and creative options.

You will also be assigned a Personal Tutor from the academic staff who will be available to meet you each term and to provide academic and pastoral support and advice. Personal Tutoring enables students to reflect synoptically on their academic experience.  Learning in English Language and English Literature is also supported by the University Centre for Learning and Study Support (CLaSS), which offers regular workshops on a range of study skills. Teaching is enhanced by study skills sessions and there is an emphasis throughout year 1 (Level 4) especially on the key academic skills.

Contact hours
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) and sometimes an exam. 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 tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 27 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.

 

Facilities and features

Library and learning zones

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

More flexible ways to learn

We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures. This means students can revise taught material in a way that suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

 

Campus Centre

The home of  De Montfort Students' Union, (DSU) our Campus Centre offers a welcoming and lively hub for student life. Conveniently located at the heart of campus, it includes a convenience store, a Subway and a Starbucks. Here you can find the DSU-owned charitable accommodation service Sulets and DSU’s shop, SUpplies, selling art supplies, stationery and clothing, and printing and binding services. The building is also home to the DSU officer team. 

 

Opportunities and careers

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Placements

Though the ‘English in the Workplace’ module you can put the skills developed during your English degree into practice with a placement. This insight into the professional world is a valuable opportunity to enhance and build on your knowledge in a real-world setting, preparing you to progress onto your chosen career. 

Students have secured placements in publishing, journalism and teaching, including at the BBC and Penguin Random House, as well mentoring schoolchildren. 

DMU Works, our dedicated careers team, also offers a range of careers resources and opportunities so you can start planning your future.  

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DMU Global

Our innovative international experience programme DMU Global 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 DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK-based activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

Students on this course have discovered Danish literature in Copenhagen, taken part in a scavenger hunt in New York Public Library  and learned about the role of language in surveillance in Berlin, all through DMU Global.

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Graduate careers

English and Creative Writing graduates are highly employable with strong communication and reasoning skills and the ability to work independently and as part of a group. We develop our students’ information analysis and presentation skills to produce articulate, adaptable, professional communicators who can operate with ease in any setting and with any group of people.  

Georgia Shipley has been working as a creative copywriter for Great Rail Journeys since graduating. Georgia’s job includes writing a mixture of offline and online content that’s both ‘inspiring and accurate’. She said: “being a copywriter involves a lot of learning with plenty of research going into things like writing about a new holiday package or compiling an article about a new destination.” 

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We offer a range of high-standard accommodation for our students, with 13 halls of residence and around 4,100 rooms, all of which are a short distance from our campus. There is a choice of mixed or same-gender flats, shared kitchen and laundry facilities, furnished bedrooms (some with en suite facilities) and internet access. Find out more.

 
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