English Literature and Creative Writing

BA Hons

  • UCAS Code QW38
  • Entry Year 2024 or 2023
  • A Level Requirements AAB
  • Duration Full time 3 Years


Top reasons to study with us

  • 6

    6th for Creative Writing

    The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide (2023)

  • 7

    7th for English

    The Guardian University Guide (2023)

  • 4th for Graduate Prospects (English) The Guardian University Guide 2023

Why Lancaster?

  • Receive editorial feedback from tutors who are celebrated authors, and also learn to give feedback on the work of fellow students.
  • Enhance your writing through both text-based writing experiments and workshops focusing on your own writing
  • Explore the professional dimensions of creative writing, such as reading or performing your work, publishing and marketing
  • Get involved with our four student-run literary journals: Cake, Lux, Flash, and Errant
  • Be inspired by our rich programme of literary events on campus, online, and in the city’s historic Castle Quarter

Lancaster was one of the very first universities to teach creative writing. Today we continue to lead the way in the discipline with our celebrated novelists, poets and playwrights.

From poetry to digital media

Creative Writing at Lancaster began in 1970, with a radical move to student-centred learning. This emphasis continues so that the focus in all your creative modules will be on developing your own writing.

You’ll pick from a wide range of modules and spend half your time on creative writing. You’ll explore traditional forms such as the short story, the novel, poetry, or theatre, as well as non-traditional forms such as digital media, life-writing, fantasy, rom-com, place-writing, and writing for young adults.

Supportive community

Your lectures will be supplemented by regular small-group workshops, and we encourage you to meet one-to-one with your tutor to discuss your work. You will also have an academic advisor who will provide one-to-one advice.

Many of our evening literary events, such as readings by visiting authors, take place close to the campus in historic Lancaster. Some modules involve fieldwork, for example, at Lancaster’s Duke’s Theatre and in the Lake District.

You may be able to go on one of Lancaster University's short-study trips - popular destinations previously have included New York and Boston. Or you might be interested in studying English Literature and Creative Writing with a Study Abroad Year.


By taking this course you will be following in the footsteps of students who have gone on to careers as authors themselves – for example, Andrew McMillan, Winner of The Guardian First Book Award (2015) and Daisy Johnson, youngest-ever author shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize (2018).

You will also be developing a host of professional skills, such as researching, drafting, editing, listening, persuading, presenting, and thinking both critically and creatively.

In addition, in your first year, you take a literature-in-the-world mini-module such as Creating a Literary Tour. In your third year, you may be able to take a module involving work placement, either in a school or the culture, heritage, and creative industries. And every year you will be invited to our literature-specific careers workshops, featuring former students.

Your skills will be valued by a range of sectors - from marketing to law, social work to professional services, and business to the media.

Our graduates have gone on to become:

  • Publishers
  • Copywriters
  • Advertisers
  • Speech therapists
  • Teachers
  • Computer programmers
  • Videogame storywriters

Others have gone on to postgraduate study here and elsewhere.

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.

Entry Requirements

Grade Requirements

A Level AAB

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.

Other Qualifications

International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects

BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction

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.

Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Course Structure

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 to complement your main specialism. 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 please visit our Teaching and Learning section.

The following courses do not offer modules outside of the subject area due to the structured nature of the programmes: Architecture, Law, Physics, Engineering, Medicine, Sports and Exercise Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine and Biomedical Science.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research.







Fees and Funding

We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2024/25 entry fees have not yet been set.

As a guide, our fees in 2023/24 were:

UK International
£9,250 £21,980

Scholarships and Bursaries

Details of our scholarships and bursaries for 2024-entry study are not yet available, but you can use our opportunities for 2023-entry applicants as guidance.

Check our current list of scholarships and bursaries.

Download the course booklet to find out more about Lancaster University, how we teach Creative Writing and what you'll study as a Creative Writing student.

Creative Writing subject guide

Download the course booklet to find out more about Lancaster University, how we teach English Literature and what you'll study as an English Literature student.

English Literature subject guide

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Important information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2024/2025 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

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