Creative Writing and English (BA): 3-year, full-time

Year of entry

2018

Start date

October 2018

Location

Central London

Status

Fully Approved

UCAS Code

4J93

Duration

Three years full-time

Attendance

Three evenings a week

Have you always wanted to be a writer? Have you got a story to tell but you don't know how to unlock it? Do you want to know more about the craft of writing? Do you want to learn how to read both as a critic and as a writer?

If so, this exciting new joint honours degree is ideal. In the heart of literary London, in a building that was once home to Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group, you will study with leading academics and celebrated published authors across the fields of fiction, poetry and drama.

You will also develop your knowledge and understanding of a wide range of literary writing in English, from earliest times to the present day. This degree culminates in the opportunity to develop both extended creative and critical pieces under the guidance of award-winning writers.

We also offer a part-time, evening study BA Creative Writing.

Highlights

  • Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked third best in London and 13th in the UK in the Times Higher Education 2016-17 World University Subject Rankings.
  • Our School of Arts is in the top five in the country and our Department of English is a top-rated research department in the areas of both English literature and creative writing.
  • Birkbeck's BA Creative Writing and English has an expansive, multi-genre approach to the study of writing (fiction, poetry, drama, screenwriting and life-writing), while also uniquely offering the opportunity to study English literature and literary criticism in depth.
  • Birkbeck is located in the heart of literary London - in Bloomsbury, WC1 - and writers and academics maintain strong links with publishers and broadcasters.
  • You will be eligible to submit work to the annual Birkbeck creative writing journal, The Mechanics’ Institute Review. Read an account of how our students created the most recent issue of The Mechanics' Institute Review.

Course structure

In Year 1, you take two compulsory modules that will introduce you to the basic elements of craft in the writing of prose fiction, drama and poetry. You also take two compulsory English literature modules that will introduce you to some of the major genres and periods of English literature, while developing your skills in understanding and applying a range of critical theories and methods.

In Year 2, you take a compulsory creative writing module that will develop your writing skills in longer-form fiction. You also take a compulsory English literature module that will develop your ability to critically evaluate longer fiction.

All other modules are optional, chosen from a wide range offered across our BA English and our BA Creative Writing programmes. You can also choose option modules on related programmes in the School of Arts, such as our BA Arts and Humanities.

In your final year, you undertake a written project in English literature (a long essay) or an extended writing project in a genre of creative writing.

To find out more, read our programme handbook.

Module groups

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Creative writing option modules

English literature option modules