What Will You Study
This combined major degree enables you to spend as much time on Creative Writing as you do on English Literature. Our programme offers you a rigorous and inspiring study of Literature while Creative Writing workshops, lectures and readings help you develop your own writing.
In addition to the core English Literature modules, your degree includes an Introduction to Creative Writing in the first year, an intermediary workshop in the second year, and an advanced workshop in the final year. You can also choose special units on Short Fiction, Poetry Writing, Narrative and New Media, Creative Non-Fiction, and more. All Creative Writing modules are taught by published authors, many of them prize-winning. In your final term of each year, you will study both collaboratively and independently to complete a portfolio to be submitted for assessment.
- English Language and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- English Language and Creative Writing (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- English Language and Literature : BA Hons
- English Language and Literature (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- English Literature : BA Hons
- English Literature (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- English Literature and History : BA Hons
- English Literature and History (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- English Literature and Linguistics : BA Hons
- English Literature and Linguistics (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- English Literature and Philosophy : BA Hons
- English Literature and Philosophy (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- English Literature and Religious Studies : BA Hons
- English Literature and Religious Studies (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- English Literature with Creative Writing : BA Hons
- English Literature with Creative Writing (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- English Literature, Creative Writing and Practice (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Film and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- Film and Creative Writing (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Film and English Literature : BA Hons
- Film and English Literature (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Fine Art and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- Fine Art and Creative Writing (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- French Studies and English Literature : BA Hons
- German Studies and English Literature : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and English Literature : BA Hons
- Theatre and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- Theatre and Creative Writing (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Theatre and English Literature : BA Hons
- Theatre and English Literature (Placement Year) : BA Hons
Many of Lancaster's degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their main specialism. You will be able to study a range of modules, some examples of which are listed below.
- 18th Century Literature
- American Literature to 1900
- British Romanticism
- Creative Non-Fiction: Genre and Practice
- Literature, Film, and Media
- Poetry: Genre and Practice
- Renaissance to Restoration, English Literature, 1580-1688
- Short Fiction: Genre and Practice
- Victorian Literature
- Writing for the stage
- Writing place and landscape
- 21st Century Theory: Literature, Culture, Criticism
- Advanced Short Story: Form and Practice
- African Literature
- Between the Acts
- Bible and Literature
- Contemporary Fiction and Critical Theory
- Contemporary Literature in English
- Contemporary Middle Eastern Literatures
- Creative Non-Fiction II
- Culture, Heritage and Creative Industries: Work Placement
- Dissertation Unit
- Early Modern Outlaws: On Land and Sea
- Elizabethan Embodiment
- England and Englishness
- Literary Film Adaptations, Hollywood 1939
- Literature and Religion at the Fin de Siecle
- Literature and the Visual Arts
- Longer Fiction: Skills and Techniques for Approaching a Novel
- Modernism towards Postmodernism
- Monstrous Bodies: Romantic Period Poetry and Prose
- Narrative and New Media
- Other Victorians
- Performing Death, Desire and Gender
- Poetry and Experiment
- Premodern Gothic
- Public and Private Performances of Self in Medieval Literature and Drama
- Representing Palestine: Creative Constructions of a Nation
- Ruskin on Art, Architecture and Society
- Schools Volunteering Project
- Science Fiction in Literature and Film
- Seeing Triple: Expansive American Fiction
- The Byron-Shelley Circle
- The Impostor Novel: Impersonators and Charlatans in Modern Fiction
- The Literature of Sleep
- The Postcolonial Indian Novel in English
- Utopias and Utopianism
- Victorian Autobiography
- Victorian Gothic
- Victorian Popular Fiction
- Where Do Poems Come From? Process, Manuscripts, Text
- Women Writers of Britain and America
- Writing in Lancaster Castle
- Writing/Reading Poetry
Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.
A Level AAB
Required Subjects A level English Literature or A level English Language and Literature grade A
IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.
Sample of Work Applicants will typically be required to submit a sample piece of work. The department will contact applicants to provide further instruction and to request the work. The piece should consist of either: 1500 words of prose, 25 lines of poetry, or 8 pages of script.
International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including 6 in a HL Literature subject
BTEC Considered alongside A level English Literature or A level English Language and Literature grade A
Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with 36 Level 3 credits at Distinction and 9 Level 3 credits at Merit
We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.
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Many of our graduates have gone on to successful postgraduate study and careers in professional fields such as publishing, journalism, writing, television and the media, teaching, and librarianship.
Our Creative Writing graduates have published their own stories, novels, and poems with major publishers and have had their scripts produced in national festivals and on national radio. The transferable skills you gain on this degree – communication, self-expression, research and critical understanding – also open up a wide range of business and public-sector roles in areas such as marketing, advertising, law, social work and professional services. A sizeable proportion of our graduates take up employment overseas. Other graduates go onto further study, not only in English and Creative Writing, but also in Journalism, Publishing, Law, Public Relations and Business. Recent graduates have gone on to train as speech therapists, teachers of English in the UK and overseas, computer programmers and consultants, videogame storywriters, bankers, chartered accountants, personnel managers and social workers.Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, but that you also graduate with relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.
Teaching and Learning Methods
At Lancaster we offer a broad range of learning environments designed to best support the requirements of your chosen degree programme. These may include lecture and tutorials, interactive workshops, laboratory sessions, other practical activities, student-led seminars and web-based delivery.
The modules which make up a programme of study are assessed using a variety of different methods, enabling students to demonstrate their capabilities in a range of ways. Typical coursework assignments include laboratory reports, essays, literature reviews, short tests, short and sharply focused critical reports, poster sessions and oral presentations. Formal examinations include short answer questions, essays and data analysis. Multiple choice formats are also employed where appropriate. Students are supported in the production of final year project reports and dissertations. Details of the assessment methods for individual modules can be accessed via the university's online module catalogue. In addition to these learning and teaching methods we encourage independent study, meaning you take responsibility for your own learning. For more information visit our Teaching Approach page.
We offer you a variety of stimulating and effective approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. This enables you and your tutors to explore the very latest thinking within your subject and develops your skills in problem solving, analysis and critical reflection, communication, application of knowledge and modern technologies.
As a University, we commit to providing all our undergraduates with a minimum number of contact hours per week, providing you with timely feedback on your work and a maximum number of 15 students per seminar group.
Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12-month session, starting in the October of your year of study.
Our Undergraduate Tuition Fees for 2019/20 are:
Tuition fees for programmes are set annually for all new and continuing students. If you are studying on a course of more than one year's duration, the fees for subsequent years of your programme are likely to increase each year. Such increases are normally calculated based on increases in the costs incurred by the institution, or in relation to UK government regulations which set the maximum fee for certain categories of student.
For the majority of undergraduate students, the most recent annual increase was 2.8%. Any change in fee rates will be communicated to students and applicants prior to the start of the academic year in question, and normally at least eight months prior to enrolment. Further details can be found in our Terms and Conditions.
Channel Islands and the Isle of Man
Some science and medicine courses have higher fees for students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. You can find more details here: Island Students.
For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page
Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.