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Introduction to Undergraduate English Literature and Creative Writing Degrees

Head of Department's welcome

As a leading department focused on both literary study and creative writing, innovative and dedicated teaching is informed by award-winning writing and outstanding scholarship - our staff includes Terry Eagleton, one of the world’s most famous literary critics, and Paul Muldoon, one of the world’s most eminent poets.  All this, together with the high calibre of our students, ensures a dynamic environment for undergraduates and postgraduates alike. Our high standing is reflected in our being in the top three English departments in the country for employability (Guardian University Guide 2016).

We hope this website will begin to introduce you to us as a Department.  Read more»

Our degrees

We teach both English Literature and Creative Writing - you don't have to combine these two subjects, but you can. There are also many options for combining with other subjects.

Visit and taster days

If you are thinking of applying to study English Literature or Creative Writing at university, you may find it useful to get some first-hand experience of what it is like to study these subjects at undergraduate level.

We will be offering various events in the course of the year that enable you to do this. There is no charge for these events. Details will follow shortly.

Other ways to visit us

Lancaster Castle

Castle Hill

Our students have opportunities to study in one of Lancaster's most historic literary landmarks. Read more»

Lancaster Writing Award

We're keen to support emerging poets, fiction writers and literary critics. To this end we run an annual writing prize for year 12 and 13 students.

Read the winning entries from 2013.

Read the winning entries from 2014.

Read the winning entries from 2015.

Terry Eagleton and Paul Muldoon

Professors Eagleton and Muldoon

Our students attend a number of lectures given by Terry Eagleton, one of the world's most famous literary critics and Paul Muldoon, a Pulitzer-prize winning poet.

Study Abroad

Our undergraduates have the opportunity to study abroad for a year at a range of leading universities.


Student Journals


The Flash Journal is an undergraduate run termly journal which publishes fiction, poetry, critical and hybrid work by current Lancaster undergrads. Go to Flash»


Cake publishes poetry, flash fiction and reviews with work from established poets and newcomers alike. Go to Cake»


Royal Literary Fund Fellow

The Department is working with the Royal Literary Fund and is pleased to host a Fellow, Rob Chapman, to advise students on writing.


Current students

For information including:

  • Handbooks
  • Library resources
  • University links etc

go to resources for current students.

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