English with Creative Writing (2017 Entry)

Course type: Single Honours,
Entry requirements: Read more about entry requirements
Typical offer:ABB
Tuition fees: Read more about tuition fees
Duration and mode of study: 3 years, Full time
Location of study:Keele University campus
Subject Area: English, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Course Overview

Balance the study of existing literature with developing your own writing skills across genres such as poetry, the novel, short fiction, drama and film.

This course enables you to study English as both a critical and a creative discipline as you explore classic and contemporary works by other writers while finding your own voice as a writer. You’ll study literature from Shakespeare to the present day, with optional modules in subjects such as medieval, postcolonial, American and Canadian literatures, and film. You’ll learn about the creative processes and compile your own portfolios of creative writing. There are opportunities to spend a semester or a whole additional year at a partner university – which could be in Europe, Australia, Canada or the USA.

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Course content

Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.

Single Honours Course Information Document (PDF)

Looking for a more complete list of modules? You can view the module list for 2017 entry on our Module Catalogue:

Module Catalogue

Single Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of single honours English with Creative Writing.

First year

Core modules: 

  • Reading Literature
  • Poetry through Practice
  • Becoming a Critic
  • Fiction through Practice

Optional core modules:

  • Starting Out: An Introduction to American Literature
  • Playing Parts
  • Telling Tales
  • Transatlantic Gothic

Elective modules:

  • Reading Film
  • Telling Tales
  • Starting Out: An Introduction to American Literature
  • Playing Parts
  • Transatlantic Gothic
  • Film Texts and Contexts I: Film History and Theory
  • Understanding Culture

Second year

Core modules:

  • Creative Writing: Poetry and Prose

Optional core modules:

  • Romanticises, 1780-1830
  • Age of Shakespeare and Donne
  • The Romance of Fiction: History and Society in C19 American Literature
  • Burning Crosses
  • Victorian Performances
  • The Detective and American City
  • From Modernity to Counter-culture: American Literature and Social Criticism in the C20
  • Alfred Hitchcock’s America

Elective modules:

  • Aspects of the Novel
  • Medieval Literature
  • Twentieth-Century Novels into Films
  • Youth Subcultures in Fiction, Film and Theory
  • Seoul Summer School - South Korean Film
  • Romanticisms, 1780-1830
  • The Age of Shakespeare and Donne
  • The Romance of Fiction: History and Society in C19 American Literature
  • Burning Crosses
  • Postwar British Fiction and Poetry
  • Revolution and Restoration
  • French Cinema
  • From Modernity to Counter-culture: American Literature and Social Criticism in the C20
  • Alfred Hitchcock’s America
  • The Detective and American City

Third year

Core modules:

  • Creative Writing Portfolio
  • Either Dissertation in English or Dissertation in EALs

Optional core modules:

  • Dickens, Collins and Detection
  • Postcolonial and World Literature in English
  • Contemporary British Fiction
  • Shakespeare on Film: Adaptation and Appropriation The Alcohol Question
  • Aphra Behn and Her Contemporaries
  • Pregnancy, Childbirth and Maternity in the Early Modern Period
  • Sex, Scandal and Society: Eighteenth- Century Writing
  • The Alcohol Question
  • Postmodernism: Fiction, Film and Theory
  • Cinematic Modernisms
  • Writingscapes

Elective modules:

  • Film Noir
  • The Contemporary American Graphic Novel
  • Shakespeare on Film: Adaptation and Appropriation
  • Aphra Behn and her Restoration Contemporaries
  • Pregnancy, Childbirth and Maternity in the Early Modern Period
  • Dickens, Collins and Detection
  • Postcolonial and World Literature in English
  • Contemporary British Fiction
  • High Culture: Drink, Drugs, and the American Dream
  • Contemporary American Fiction
  • Shakespearian Stages
  • Writingscapes
  • Sex, Scandal and Society: Eighteenth- Century Writing
  • The Alcohol Question

Skills and Careers

What will this mean for my future?

Studying English with Creative Writing at Keele will enable you to develop a wide range of both subject-specific and transferable skills. These will open up a variety of possible careers, whether directly related to the subject or not. You might go into publishing, journalism, teaching, advertising, or the broadcast media. Of course, you may want to pursue getting your work published, whether as a part-time or full-time interest. You could also choose to go on to higher study.

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Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

Students are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) (BA Hons).

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

English with Creative Writing with Foundation Year: Q3W9 View Unistats for this course

can be combined with:

Full Unistats data is available at unistats.direct.gov.uk (opens new window)

Study abroad

On the English with Creative Writing Programme you have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in your second year studying at one of Keele’s international partner universities. Exactly which countries are available depends on your choice of degree subjects. An indicative list of countries is on the website Partner Universities however this does not guarantee the availability of study in a specific country as this is subject to the university’s application process for studying abroad.

No additional tuition fees are payable for studying abroad but you do have to bear the costs of travelling to and from your destination university, accommodation, food and personal costs. Depending on the destination you are studying at additional costs may include visas, study permits, residence permits, and compulsory health checks. You should expect the total costs of studying abroad to be greater than if you study in the UK, information is made available from the Global Education Team throughout the process, as costs will vary depending on destination.