Creative Writing and English Literature - BA (Hons)
Why study this course?
Study on a degree that combines theoretical study with the development of your own creative voice as a writer. Taught by experienced poets and novelists, you'll increase your understanding of literature through the study of the historical and contemporary genres in national and international contexts. Publishing, the arts, education, communications and business sectors are just a few of the areas open to you after graduation.
This combined degree in Creative Writing and English Literature gives budding writers the best of both worlds. You may want to be a performance poet, adapt a work of literature for the screen or stage, think about literature from a philosophical perspective or find out more about the publishing industry. The blend of modules on this course makes all of these goals achievable.
The English Literature modules cover all the major genres of poetry, drama and prose, which helps you gain an understanding of their development through history. You’ll study major literary and cultural movements such as romanticism and modernism, and will have the opportunity to choose niche specialisms such as the literature of childhood or the literature of London.
On the Creative Writing modules, you’ll learn how to edit your work and develop your writing across literary and commercial genres as well as developing the ability to think critically about the cultural, ethical and political dimensions of writing. The skills you'll gain by editing and critiquing your own work will be valuable when working on essays in other areas.
You'll benefit from our exceptional facilities and have the resources of the British Library at your fingertips. London is a vast hub of literary and cultural history, and you will benefit from organised visits to theatres, galleries, libraries, archives and events, giving context and support to your studies.
You'll be taught by experienced academics who are dedicated to undergraduate teaching, as well as published poets, novelists and dramatists, whose knowledge of the publishing industry can give you the valuable professional insight needed to kick-start your career. Staff are dedicated to helping you get the most out of your degree and the enthusiastic, high quality teaching on this course has been highly rated by students.
After you graduate you will be an excellent candidate for a career in publishing, the creative and cultural industries, the arts, education and the communications sector.
You will be assessed through a mixture of critical essays on literary topics and portfolios of creative work produced in relation to workshops and critiques.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
- a minimum of grades BBC in three A levels (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification)
- submit two pieces of your creative work from two of the following three genres: prose fiction, poetry and script
- GCSE English at grade C (grade 4) or above (or equivalent)
If you are a mature student with significant work experience, you are invited to apply for this course on the basis of the knowledge and skills you have developed through your work.
You will need to upload the samples of your written work to London Met's applicant portal. If you're applying for the course through UCAS you will receive login details for this once you've applied through UCAS.
Applicants should submit a sample of creative writing with their UCAS form in two of the following genres: prose fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, script.
For prose fiction or creative non-fiction, your writing sample must be between 500 and 1,000 words.
For scripts, you should include at least three scenes to give an idea of character, setting and development of plot. The scenes should be written in the correct format for stage or screen.
For poetry, you should include at least four pages of poetry. This can be a combination of longer and shorter pieces. You should show some awareness of verse form.
If you don’t have traditional qualifications or can’t meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the Creative Writing and English Literature Extended Degree (including Foundation Year) BA (Hons).
All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
If you’re studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.
Year 1 modules include:
- Theory and Practice of Poetry
- Writer's World
- Romantics to Victorians
- Theory and Practice Drama
Year 2 modules include:
- Writing and Editing Fiction and Non-Fiction
- Genre Fiction
- Victorians to Moderns
- Poetry and Performance (option)
- The Literature of Childhood (option)
- The Short Story (option)
- The Craft of Fiction (option)
- Research Methodology and Ethics in Creative Writing
Year 3 modules include:
- Modern to Contemporaries
- Why Literature Matters
- From Life Writing to Fiction
- English Literature or Creative Writing Project
- Literary London (option)
- Advanced Creative Writing Workshop (option)
- From Page to Performance (option)
- Publishing and the Industry (option)
- Existentialism in Writing (option)
You can find more information about our modules on the course specification.
“The lecturers and tutors have all been enthusiastic in both subjects and for the institution they are teaching in. The course has introduced me to works I would have otherwise not known and opened my mind to new areas in literature. The partnership between English Literature and Creative Writing has created interesting opportunities to explore my own creative writing.”
Former Student, National Study Survey
Graduates have gone on to successful careers in publishing, editing and related industries as well as publishing their own creative work. This course is also excellent preparation for further study or research.
Creative Writing graduate and Somali-British poet Warsan Shire recently collaborated with Beyonce on her new album, Lemonade. The album, which sees the American superstar recite extracts from five of her poems, has catapulted Warsan into stardom in the US. Having graduated from London Metropolitan University in 2011, Warsan published Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth that same year and was named the first Young Poet Laureate of London in 2014.
We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations of some courses will change over time.
Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.
All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.
Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things such as equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.
Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
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How to apply
UK/EU applicants for September full-time entry must apply via UCAS unless specified otherwise.
UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.
Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.
When to apply
The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.
If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.
Fees and key information
News and success stories
Sarah Jane Wilson, who studied Creative Writing at London Met, will have her debut novel published in 2018.
An evening of celebration was held in order to launch Just Met 2017, an anthology featuring creative writing work from students at the University.
Creative writing lecturer, Sunny Singh, has had a piece published in literature collection, Goodbye, Europe.
A London Met academic has written the first in-depth study of Amitabh Bachan’s film career and star persona.
A London Metropolitan University graduate’s debut novel is due for publication in November 2017.
Students from English Literature and Creative Writing have teamed up with Visual Communication students to create an inaugural collaborative anthology.
Play by London Met lecturer weaves together true and fictional tales of British colonialism and its legacy to mark 70 years of India’s independence.
Image of London Met lecturer Sunny Singh
The Jhalak Prize for Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour, co-founded by London Met lecturer Sunny Singh, has revealed its inaugural longlist.
London Met partners with Spanish university
Disrupt Mag walks away with the big prize...
Disrupt Mag beat off the competition to win London Met Accelerator's coveted Best Brand/Most Commercial Potential Award, with cash and mentoring prizes.
Poetry by London Met graduate features in Beyoncé’s new album, Lemonade.
Sunny Singh interview
Lecturer Sunny Singh gave a wide-ranging interview to the Times Higher Education supplement.
Panelists from the Ireland 1916: Death of Literary Revival?
London Met's Irish Studies Centre and the Irish Literary Society jointly hosted an evening of sparkling debate on 25 January 2016.
Angie Dickinson and Frank Sinatra pose in a film still from Ocean's Eleven.
Film lecturer appears in BBC Radio 2 documentary to commemorate Frank Sinatra centenary.
Students at HarperCollins UK
LMU Students Visit New HarperCollins HQ
English Literature & Creative Writing students visited HarperCollins for careers in publishing and learnt about the process of taking a novel from manuscript to publication
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