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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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. 

  • 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. 

  • Gain workplace experience by putting your research, reasoning and communication skills into practice with an optional placement or an extracurricular internship during your degree. 

  • 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 explored Tokyo, India and the Czech Republic.


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  • 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:

  • Introduction to Drama: Shakespeare
  • Evolving Language
  • Exploring Creative Writing
  • Writing Identity

Optional  modules:

  • Work-based Learning (Placement)

Second year

Core module:

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

Optional modules:

  • 20th and 21st Century Literature
  • Ways of Reading
  • Screen and Literary Adaptations of the Classics
  • Romantic and Victorian Literature
  • Text Technologies
  • 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
  • Erasmus Year


Third year

Core English module:

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

Optional English modules:

  • Nineteenth-Century American Literature
  • Contemporary Irish Writing
  • The British Working Class in Literature, Film and Television
  • Unruly Women, Revolutionary Men
  • English in the Workplace
  • Modernism and Modernity
  • Staging the World: Shakespeare and His Contemporaries
  • Medieval.com
  • Sex and Death in Romantic Writing, 1780-1830
  • Textual Studies Using Computers
  • Radical and Contemporary Adaptations
  • Biofiction: Writers’ afterlives
  • Writing Adaptations: Theory and Practice
  • English Language in the Workplace
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Powerful Language: An Introduction to Rhetoric
  • Language, Mind and Culture
  • Perception, Persuasion, Power
  • Language Acquisition
  • Portfolio
  • Specialism and Negotiated Study


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

Clephan Building

Clephan Building is home to DMU’s humanities subjects, and is equipped with the latest audio-visual equipment and cinema screens.

Currently Clephan houses some key Arts, Design and Humanities student support facilities including the Arts, Design and Humanities Placement Team and the Faculty's Advice Centre, where you can access information about timetabling, specialist support queries. and any other questions you may have about your course.

The building also features the Leicester Centre for Creative Writing, Centre for Textual Studies, Centre for Adaptations, and the International Centre for Sports History and Culture


The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.


Learning zones

Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.


Opportunities and careers



Work placements are offered as part of this course and are a great way to boost your skills and experience while studying. Placements improve your chances of gaining a graduate-level job and can often lead to an offer of employment after graduation.

You will have the option to go on a sandwich placement between your second and third years of study and/or to do a short-term placement during your third year through either the 'English Language in the Workplace' module or the ‘English in the Workplace’ module. Previous students taking these modules have worked as mentors for local school pupils to help improve their reading age, written magazine features at a publishing firm, carried out research for a PR company and worked in the offices of a regional newspaper at the Leicester Mercury. We have numerous links with organisations both in the UK and internationally, and the placements team will help you to identify a placement to suit you.

We also actively encourage students to become involved in such activities as the European ERASMUS+ university exchange / placement scheme and the US Exchange Programme. Student involvement in Open Days as guides and subject ambassadors is also actively sought; the single best advertisement we can give for our degree comes when the students, and not the tutors, describe what the course has given them.

Students on the #DMUglobal trip to New York

DMU Global

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 DMU Global, 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. In recent years, students of English and Creative Writing have engaged in DMU Global activity in New York, Tokyo, India, the Czech Republic, Berlin, Canada, and Thailand, and we are continually looking for new destinations to allow us to explore the connections between what we do in the classroom and what happens in the world beyond.

Study abroad

You will have the opportunity, as part of your degree, to study abroad in Europe or the USA.

The Faculty currently offers students opportunities to study at the following European universities: the European University of Cyprus, Faith University, Istanbul (Turkey), Charles University, Prague (Czech Republic), Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf (Germany), Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (Germany), and the University of Oulu (Finland).


Graduate careers

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

If you choose to take the final year Professional Writing Skills module you will be asked to think more widely about employability, and to recognise – and articulate to employers – the rich skills you bring to any workplace.

Our graduates go into a wide range of careers including archival work, the media, the civil service, marketing, journalism, the arts, library services, banking, charity work, teaching English as a foreign language, publishing, public relations, primary and secondary teaching, and postgraduate study. Others travel or choose work which allows them time to write.

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