Why study with us?
Do you have a novel in you? Do you want to hone your poetic talent? Or do you see yourself as an editor or publisher?
Our BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing offers a perfect foundation for a wide range of careers. The programme includes a stimulating mix of academic rigour and practical employability skills that will equip you for the world of work.
The Creative Writing aspect of the degree offers modules aimed at developing your skills in prose fiction, poetry, drama and creative non-fiction. We explore a range of genre writing including science fiction, crime, fantasy and ghost stories and there is opportunity for you to try out your writing in performance if you are interested in the up and coming spoken word scene. A big part of the programme is about developing your writing in a ‘real world’ context and you will work on projects such as writing for magazines, fanzines, blogs and websites.
We encourage our students to seek publication of their work and a final year module on Publication and Performance will help you to develop your skills in this area. We also host an annual careers day featuring guest speakers from a selection of industries including journalism, PR, publishing, education and more.
A fundamental part of the course is sharing and discussing your work in class. Our small intake means you’ll get to know your fellow students and your tutor really well – ensuring you’ll be among friends when you submit your work for constructive criticism. And we’ll get to know you well too, to make sure you’re getting the most out of your degree.
On the English part of the degree you’ll have the opportunity to study a wide range of literary genres. You’ll read, appreciate and take inspiration from some of the greatest writing in the language, gaining an understanding of the development of various styles and conventions that shape literature today. You will be able to use these techniques in your own writing too. The better reader you are, the better writer you will become.
You’ll also be able to enhance your studies by immersing yourself in the region’s thriving literary scene. Opportunities for publication and performance are created as part of the degree and Lancaster offers a number of writing groups and events as well as the Lancaster Literature Festival. Our students have run workshops at Kendal Calling music festival, organised open mic nights, got involved in Keswick’s prestigious Words by the Water literary festival and launched their own magazine/ebook, Drift.
We believe it’s a great course, but don’t just take our word for it; our ratings in the National Student Survey show how much our students enjoy our course. We scored 96% for student satisfaction, 100% for teaching and the course is rated very highly in other areas like personal development.
- What can this course lead to?
As an English and Creative writing graduate, you can enter a variety of careers which demand a high level of analytical and interpretative skills as well as ability in written and oral communication. Creative skills are valued in the workplace.
Our graduates work in radio, TV, publishing, arts management, journalism and other print media. Teaching remains a popular choice with students working in compulsory education, but also in the F.E and H.E. sector. Many continue their academic study at postgraduate level and have enjoyed success reading at literature festivals around the country or winning national prizes for their work. Their high-level writing skills and teamwork make them suitable for a range of jobs in the corporate sector.
Some of our students go on to publish their writing after leaving us. Many continue as writers alongside another field of work.
ABOVE: Students on our English and Creative Writing course discuss their future plans at our Careers and Employability event.
- Resources and facilities
One of our most important resources is our proximity to the Lake District, a beautiful part of England with many literary points of interest. There are both compulsory and optional field trips to sites connected with particular writers and local literary heritage.
There is a thriving community of writers in Lancaster and the surrounding area, as well as a literary festival. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities to read their work at local events including the annual poetry and prose competition evening on campus. We are part of a vibrant writing community, with events taking place on campus, in town and on the radio. On campus, students are involved with the English Society and with a Literary magazine.
Some of the external people we work with include: Lancaster Litfest, Spotlight Club and Speakeasy (literary cabarets) Diversity FM and a plethora of independent public events. We are also involved with Words by the Water festival with some of our students publishing articles and poetry in their newspaper. Creative Writing has been part of the University of Cumbria’s Academy and students have had the opportunity to be involved in running workshops at Kendal Calling festival.
Have a look at our learning resources for English and Creative Writing.
- Student work
Student's theatre reviews hit the worldwide web
English and Creative Writing student Darren Harper has been reviewing productions at Theatre by the Lake in Keswick.
Several of our students have had their work published in literary magazines Litro and The Cadaverine.
Click the links below for access to their work (please note that the stories may contain adult content/language).
Home and EU students
Full-time: £9,000 per academic year
Part-time: £9,000 pro rata
Full-time: £10,500 per academic year
Part-time: £10,500 pro rata
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