Frequently Asked Questions
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If I meet your offer, am I guaranteed a place?
Yes, if you meet the exact offer. (We do not guarantee places on the basis of equivalent UCAS points, although we do sometimes allow variations on the exact offer.)
When is your application deadline?
Applicants who apply after the initial 15th January deadline will normally still be considered. The last date for applications in the main UCAS cycle is 30th June.
Do you interview applicants?
Not usually. We will contact you if we want an interview. If eligible, you may be offered an interview as part of the Unconditional Offer Scheme.
Do you require a portfolio from Creative Writing applicants?
As part of our selection process, we now ask you to submit a sample of your creative work. This should include either 1500 words of prose, 25 lines of poetry or 8 pages of script.
Can I defer entry for a year and will this affect my application adversely?
Yes - you can defer entry, and it won't adversely affect your application.
What funding/scholarships are available?
We offer a number of scholarship awards. Please visit: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/fees-and-funding/scholarships-and-bursaries/
Please explain Lancaster’s unusual first year (Part I)
Lancaster requires all first-year students to study three subjects in order to broaden their knowledge base, give flexibility to change majors, and offer time to settle in. Students need only pass each subject to continue and the marks in the first year do not contribute to the final degree classification. English Literature is a subject usefully informed by other disciplines: philosophy, history, psychology, foreign languages, linguistics, and so on. If you are keen to do nothing but study within our department, in addition to English Literature, you can study World Literature and Creative Writing as your other two subjects.
See the Part I Guide for more details of our Part I programmes.
Do I have to take English Literature and Creative Writing combined or can I take them as separate subjects?
You can take them as separate subjects. Although we are a joint department, the subjects are taught separately by different academic staff. You may take English Literature on its own, or with Creative Writing, or in combination with other subjects from other departments.
You can take Creative Writing, as part of a combined degree with a range of subjects (English Language, Film, Theatre, Fine Art), but we do not offer a single honours degree in Creative Writing. We do however, have robust MA and PhD Creative Writing programmes.
What is the difference between English Literature with Creative Writing (UCAS code Q3W8) and English Literature, Creative Writing, and Practice (UCAS code QW38)?
In the first year there is no difference. In the second and third years, English Literature with Creative Writing is 75% English Literature, 25% Creative Writing. English Literature, Creative Writing, and Practice is 50% English Literature and 50% Creative Writing.
Can I study part-time?
Yes, you can spread your degree over a five-year period. Please be advised that we do not offer evening courses and that course times change from year to year.
Can I transfer into your second year from another university?
It is sometimes possible to transfer into the second year of our undergraduate courses. This depends on a number of factors, including what you have covered on your previous course, as we would want you to be as well placed to deal with the demands of second year study as all our other students. If you decide to apply for a transfer, you will need a good reference from your current university and we may request an interview. If you wish to explore this possibility please email the Admissions Tutor Professor Hilary Hinds.
I have already applied and been accepted to one degree scheme, but I would like to change to another. What should I do?
Please contact the University's Admissions Office to discuss with them what you would like to change from and to.
What options are there for studying abroad?
Students can apply to take their second year as a full year abroad in one of the following locations(after which they return for their final year to Lancaster):
Athens University (Greece)
University of Colorado (USA)
University of Iowa (USA)
La Trobe University (Australia)
University of Lausanne (Switzerland)
Macquarie University (Australia)
Michigan State University (USA)
SUNY Binghampton (USA)
Texas A&M University (USA)
University of Toronto (Canada)
University of Wisconsin Madison (USA)
Further information: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/international-students/study-abroad/outgoing/
Can I take a placement or internship?
Yes, the faculty offers support in finding placements and internships. Please see here for more information: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/fass-placements/. The department also has a number of modules which have careers and work based elements, you can find more information about those here.
What will I study, what assessments will I have, how will my timetable look if I take English Literature and/or Creative Writing?
If you want to see what students studied with us this past year, go to the department’s home page (http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/english-and-creative-writing/) and click on the ‘For Students’ link at the top right of the page. This will take you to week-by-week descriptions of modules for each year in our Part I and Part II Handbooks. Please note: Not all third-year half-units run every year; we have been adding new half-units every year to increase your choice. In 2017-18, we are offering 23 specialist half-units in English Literature and 9 in Creative Writing.
You can also look at the Part I Guide for more information on how the first year is structured.
How many contact hours will I have?
Students have 9+ contact hours a week. In addition to teaching hours, each member of the academic staff offers 2 hours per week of open office hours for individual consultation. The department also runs various reading groups and events (additional lectures by staff, field trips, poetry readings, literary festivals, guest lecturers, etc.), so that students have access to many more contact hours than anyone can use.
What size are the seminars?
English literature seminars have 10-14 students; Creative Writing seminars have 8-12; English literature third-year half-units have 5-15 students.
What are your rankings?
English Literature at Lancaster is ranked 9th in the UK, and Creative Writing is ranked 2nd in the UK (Complete University Guide, 2019). In the national Research Exercise (REF) 2014, we were ranked 3rd in our discipline for research power (with an 85% submission), 3rd for research environment, and 7th for research impact. Our Department is joint first in the country for careers (Guardian University Guide, 2019).