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Creative Writing (with Placement Year)

Brunel University London
London, Great Britain
On campus
 1656 Points
4 Years

Program Description

Our Creative Writing BA course has been designed to inspire high levels of creativity, initiative and originality in the design, production, interpretation and analysis of creative writing along with a chance to develop interdisciplinary projects.

You will be taught the key genres of creative writing by some of the most talented and original writers working today. Between them, they’ve published over 100 books, produced countless scripts for TV, radio and film, and won umpteen awards. The teaching team includes renowned authors like Bernardine Evaristo, Hannah Lowe and Max Kinnings.

From week one you’ll write and interact with your peer group of creative writers. You will share ideas and give constructive feedback to others on their creative work.

In your first year you’ll gain a solid grounding in how to write fiction, drama and poetry, and study world literature. You can choose a variety of subjects in your second year such as journalism and screenwriting. In your final year, the Creative Industries module helps you consider your career options and shape your future. Your final year Special Project will allow you to specialise in your chosen field and choose from a wealth of specialist options.

We invite many successful authors to give guest talks covering different aspects of creative writing. Industry expert speakers include book publishers, screenwriters, poets and broadcasters. You have the advantage of Brunel’s close location to London, the literary capital of the UK. You’ll benefit from trips to the British Library, Shakespeare’s Globe and West End theatres.

Our BA in creative writing can be studied full-time over three years, four years with a placement year, or part-time over six years. The placement year costs £1,385.

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Course Content

In the first year you will start building a portfolio of your creative writing. You will follow your interests in the second year and master the craft of creative writing in your final year. English is studied in all three years. Your final year major project is an in-depth study of a creative writing topic of your choice.


Teaching and Learning

Our creative writing degrees are delivered by professional writers. This means you’ll be learning from staff who are publishing work and have high-level experience, knowledge and expertise in the creative industry. They will support, encourage and coach you to become a brilliant writer.

Study will combine lectures, group seminar discussions, tutorials, writing workshops, practical performance sessions, group research sessions, guided independent learning, and field trips.



Year 1

World Literature, World Literacies

Creative Writing Practice

The Creative Process

Year 2

Optional Modules:
Writing Journalism
Writing the Short Story
Writing Contemporary Poetry
Horror, Sci-fi and Fantasy
Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes
Life Writing
Nineteenth-Century Novel
Shakespeare Text & Performance
The Women’s Movement: 20th Century Writing and Contemporary Writing
Postcolonial Writing
Romanticism & Revolution
Contemporary British Fiction
Genre Fiction

Placement Year

We encourage the placement year option. This time helps you to further prepare for the world of work and you’ll have a year’s worth of invaluable professional experience when you graduate. If you decide to go on a creative writing placement year, you could find yourself working at magazine publishers, film production companies, or even the London Screenwriters’ Festival. Some placements lead to jobs on graduation.

You’ll have the opportunity to get your work published before you graduate. At least one anthology of creative work is produced each year, curated and edited by our creative writing students. We run many literary events including performance showcases, film screenings, and a student-led e-magazine, so there will be many ways for you to share your creative work.

Year 4

Core Modules:
Creative Writing Special Project
Creative Industries
Minor Project

Optional Modules:
Writing Modern Fiction
Writing Comedy
Writing Film and Television
Performance Poetry
Victorian Literature and Culture
Jane Austen and Her Novels
Post-War and Late Twentieth-Century Literature. 1945-2001
Modern & Contemporary Lesbian Literature
Writing Ireland
The Muslim World in Early Modern English
Chaucer to Shakespeare
Reading for Writers / Writing for Readers


A creative writing degree from Brunel is your passport to a wide range of career destinations within the literary and creative industries.

Our graduates are working in the:

  • arts
  • publishing
  • journalism
  • advertising
  • marketing
  • teaching

They have successful careers as:

  • novelists
  • journalists
  • screenwriters
  • travel writers

Others options to follow Brunel’s career-focused MA in Creative Writing.


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