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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.