Creative_Writing_and_English

Undergraduate

BA Creative Writing and English

Our literary legacy is inspirational, and the city's current writing scene is buzzing.

Key information

Study mode

Full-time

Course length

3 years

Entry requirements

120 points

A Level grades: BBB

UCAS code

WQ83

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Start date

Course overview

Hull has a long association with creative writing. The city was the home of poets Andrew Marvell and Philip Larkin, while the University counts the likes of Douglas Dunn and Roger McGough among its alumni.

You'll develop your confidence in writing by developing core skills. You'll also self-direct longer pieces of writing, experimenting in different genres and forms – including crime fiction, scriptwriting and short stories.

The English element of the course allows you to explore literature from the medieval era to the 21st century.

Six reasons to study Creative Writing and English at Hull

  1. Study under published authors of novels and poems
  2. We're hosting the BBC's Contains Strong Language*
  3. 96% graduate employability rating
  4. Contribute to the Hull Scribbler annual anthology
  5. 24/7 term-time access to the Brynmor Jones Library
  6. Thriving cultural community in Hull

What you'll study

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

First year modules

  • Compulsory

    The Writer’s Toolkit

    This module introduces you to key concepts of prose writing such as characterisation, dialogue and point of view. Exploring a range of prose forms, you'll develop and refine your own writing craft.

    Literature Lab

    In this module, you'll acquire essential skills for the study of literature, as well as general academic skills. You'll also develop your skills in essay writing, presenting, academic research and referencing.

    Poetry, Performance, Play

    Discover how to express voice in poetry and in drama. You'll develop your own writing skills through experimentation and collaboration as you build an original portfolio.

    Reading Fiction

    Explore the techniques, conventions and developments of the novel from the 18th century to today. You'll engage with relevant contexts, studying authors from Austen to Ondaatje.

    Reading Poetry

    This module introduces you to different forms of poetry from the Renaissance to the present day, via a combination of lectures, workshops and seminars.

    Facts into Art

    You're the world authority on what it's like to be you. This module gives you the skills and confidence to write from what you know, and explore what's beyond your imagination.

Second year modules

  • Compulsory

    The Storyteller’s Art

    Develop your understanding of recurring themes and narrative techniques used in myth and fairy tales -  and develop your ability to create work that engages with these perennial themes.

  • Optional

    Scriptwriting

    Explore the importance of the principles behind the structure of a script, the creation of character and the manipulation of tension. 

    Writing Poetry Now

    Discover the best of the range of poetries being written now. Develop your own writing skills as you create an effective and technically accomplished original portfolio.

    Writing the Novel

    How does an opening chapter make the rest of a novel inevitable? Through reading, workshops, and studies of character, plot and structure, you'll kick-start your own novel.

    The Short Story

    You will increase your knowledge of the short story form and develop your capacity to craft initial ideas into engaging short fiction.

    The Age of Chivalry and Romance

    You'll learn about and evaluate the medieval culture of chivalry and courtly love, then see how it was received in the 'real' world of later medieval England. 

    Love and Desire in Renaissance Literature, c. 1530 - 1633​

    Study the development of the most passionate and erotic representations of love and desire in English poetry and drama over a century, from the 1530s to the 1630s.

    Visionaries and Rebels: Romantic Poets from Blake to Tennyson

    On this module, you'll discover Romanticism - a movement which gave birth to some of the greatest poetry in the English language. 

    Brief Encounters with the Victorians

    Examine shorter narratives of the Victorian period, by some of its most influential authors. You'll address key issues relating to industrialisation, class, gender and imperialism.

    British and American Modernism

    Explore a diverse literary period through authors on both sides of the Atlantic who stood for radical change. Featured writers include T S Eliot, Virginia Woolf and F Scott Fitzgerald.

    The Child in British and American Literature and Culture

    Discover the ways in which the contradictory image of the child has been represented in literary texts in Britain and America from the 19th century through to the present day.

    Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama

    Meet Shakespeare amid the vibrant theatrical milieu of late 16th and early 17th-century London, where he was among a number of inventive and influential playwrights of the time. 

    Sentiment and Scandal: Literature of the Long 18th Century

    Explore sentiment and satire, sensibility and scandal in a module which focuses upon the diversity, innovations and influence of 18th-century poetry, drama and fiction.

    Voyage Out: Travel, Empire and Cultural Encounters

    Examine encounters between travellers and the cultures they visit through a study of the literature of travel, including fictional accounts and visual representations like art and film.

    Written on the Body: Rethinking Gender and Sexuality

    On this module, you'll take a fresh look at contemporary human relations with a focus on sexuality, gender and the body.

Final year modules

  • Compulsory

    Creative Writing Portfolio - Giving Voice

    What form suits you: playwriting, screenwriting, the novel, the short story, nonfiction, poetry? Choose your form and then progress towards a portfolio that showcases your best writing.

    Creative Writing Portfolio - Making Yourself Heard

    You'll refine the writing voice for your portfolio and work with others to improve your editing. You'll submit work for publication, put on a showcase event or publish a magazine. 

  • Optional

    Playing God: Late Medieval Drama, from Page to Stage

    Explore the vibrant drama of late medieval England. Alongside study of each text, you'll be able to re-imagine the play in performance, using theatre workshops, field trips and archives.

    Unruly Subjects and Renaissance Texts

    Explore how 16th and early 17th-century writing treated controversial issues of the day such as rebellion, sexual misconduct, cross-dressing and witchcraft. 

    Gothic

    On this module, you'll analyse the Gothic, from the conception of the genre in the 18th century to its manifestation in contemporary literature and film.

    Crime Fiction: Reading the Body, Reading the Signs

    Investigate the two main crime fiction traditions: classical and hardboiled. Then analyse four novels from the many subgenres that have developed more recently.

    Secrets and Lies: Victorian Decadence and Degeneration 1860-1901

    Explore new forms of writing which focus on the darker alternative or hidden aspects of Victorian society, such as the new woman, the homosexual man, the foreigner, and the poor.

    Childhood Trauma and Its Aftermath in Contemporary Fiction

    Study the ways that contemporary novels and 'misery memoirs' present childhood trauma that impacts on adolescence and adulthood. 

    Special Author: Shakespeare

    Study plays from the whole range of Shakespeare's dramatic career, from the early 1590s to around 1610, with a selection of comedies, histories, tragedies and tragicomedies.

    Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror: Writing the Wondrous and the Weird

    Create and populate a new world, discovering a gateway into the esoteric elements of these genres – including magic, futurism, scientific advancement and the end of the world.

    Historical Fantasy: Malory to Gaiman

    Explore the make-up and construction of fantasy, studying works by J R R Tolkien, George R R Martin, Mimi Yu and Neil Gaiman. You’ll focus on the craft of world building. 

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

How you'll study

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Overall workload

204 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

996 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

3%
97%
  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

180 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

1,020 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

100%
  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

144 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

1,056 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

13%
5%
82%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

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Entry requirements

Points can be from any qualification on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from 

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 30 points
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with 45 credits at merit

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Our teaching staff

  • Dr Ann Kaegi
    Director of Learning and Teaching (School of Arts)
    Dr Bethan Jones
    Senior Lecturer/ Programme leader for BA English with Foundation Year.
    Dr Catherine Wynne
    Senior Lecturer/ Director of Postgraduate Taught (English subject group) / Ambassador for the School of Arts FACE Employee Experience
  • Professor Janet Clare
    Professor of Renaissance Literature
    Dr Jason Lawrence
    Senior Lecturer/ Programme Director, BA English
    Dr Lesley Coote
    Lecturer and Programme Director, Combined Honours (English)
  • Professor Martin Goodman
    Professor of Creative Writing and Director of the Philip Larkin Centre for Poetry and Creative Writing
    Ray French
    Lecturer/ Member of the Learning and Teaching Committee
    Dr Sabine Vanacker
    Senior Lecturer/ Assessments Co-ordinator, English / Exchange Students Co-ordinator, English
  • Dr Stewart Mottram
    Lecturer in English Literature

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Take a tour of the facilities

Creative Writing and English students enjoy 24/7 access to our Brynmor Jones Library which boasts more than a million books.

Fees and funding

Home / EU

£9,250 per year (subject to approval)*

International

£14,500 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

Attainment
Scholarship

If you achieve

112 UCAS tariff points

from three A levels or equivalent, you could receive a reward of

£1,200

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An affordable city for students

From bills, to meals, to pints – you’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Hull.

Your future prospects

  • Teaching
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Publishing
  • Professional writing

You'll build a varied portfolio of work and develop desirable skills in analysis, research and communication.

Our graduates have found employment with a wide range of public and private sector companies and organisations including: East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Sainsbury, Marks and Spencer, and the Ministry of Justice.

The ability to showcase a creative mind through creative writing is also highly valuable to employers as it is a rare skill in today's employment market.

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*BBC Contains Strong Language is the UK’s biggest poetry and performance festival of new writing

†Percentage of students from this subject area in work or further study within six months of graduating: UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the academic year 2016/17, published by HESA 2018