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English Literature with Creative Writing

BA (Hons) - single

Department of English and Modern Languages

You cannot write great literature until you’ve read and appreciated great literature, and this programme enables you to do both.

Oxford Brookes has one of the best and most innovative English Literature departments in the country. You will be taught by staff and writers who are experts in their fields and whose publications contribute to the development of their subjects. English Literature at Oxford Brookes is recognised for its excellent teaching, and in the National Student Survey 2016, 95% of our students reported that staff are good at explaining things (Source: Unistats).

This programme offers you the opportunity to combine the study of some of the greatest literary works ever produced with the development of your own skills and knowledge as a creative writer. Whether you are a budding poet, novelist, or dramatist, you will be able to shape your imaginative writing through working with texts both critically and creatively. You will be taught by tutors at the leading edge of their academic disciplines, and by publishing writers working across a range of fictional and non-fictional forms. Both will help you explore the English literary tradition and work out what your own contribution might be.

You can also choose to study a single or combined honours degree in English Literature.

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112 - preferred subjects include English Language and/or English Literature

Available start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Teaching location

Headington Campus

Course length

  • Full time: 3 years
  • Part time: 6 years

UCAS code


For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • Creative Writing at Oxford Brookes is taught by world-renowned writers and has produced over 45 successfully published MA graduates.
  • You will be able to take modules from our BA Drama programme to broaden your understanding of how to work with plays and scripts.
  • Creative Writing Open Lectures with high profile guest speakers such as International best-seller Philip Pullman, Iain Sinclair, Jonathan Meades, Alex Watson, Booker Prize winner Howard Jacobson, Orange Prize-winner Daisy Goodwin, Pulitzer/Orange winner, Marilynne Robinson, Nick Cohen and Stewart Lee, to name a few.
  • The department is home to the Poetry Centre. Launched in 1998, the Centre hosts an annual programme of events, including research seminars, workshops, and community projects.
  • As part of the work placements module, previous students have enjoyed opportunities with the Oxford Literary Festival and various culturally exciting and relevant places in Oxford, such as The Story Museum and Oxford University Press.
  • Oxford is the world’s most literary city. You can spend days writing in the setting for Hogwarts library in the Harry Potter films, sit in the garden where His Dark Materials ends so heartbreakingly, or discover the haunts of Evelyn Waugh, C.S Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien. There are countless competitions, literary open-mic sessions and public readings, not to mention the annual Oxford Literary Festival, one of the biggest events in the publishing calendar.

During your first year, you will study a range of modules which foster the development of core skills to be employed throughout the rest of your degree. The modules will help you to embed subject knowledge and creative awareness in order for you to be fully prepared for year 2. As well as taking your compulsory English Literature and Creative Writing modules, there is flexibility in your first year programme to take some modules from any subject offered by the University.

Years 2 and 3 demand more of you in terms of the range of reading, intellectual challenge, and assessment. You will be supported to make the best decisions for your aims and interests, and you will be encouraged to meet your Academic Advisor, the Subject Coordinator for English, or the Programme Lead for English Literature and Creative Writing, who will be able to help you devise a programme that is right for you. Here, however, are some things you might want to consider:

  • Is a semester studying abroad something that you want to explore?
  • Are you interested in including the Work Placement module?
  • Are you interested in developing particular areas of study?
  • Are you interested in taking English Language or Stylistics modules?

Once you have fulfilled the compulsory elements of your programme you can fill up the remaining credits with specialist study, so use your time here to start thinking about what kind of graduate you want to be.

As a second year student you will engage with literature and language study, starting to specialise in the areas you find most interesting and stimulating. You will also deepen and broaden your understanding of creative practice through looking at forms such as the crime novel, the sonnet, and the non-fictional travel narrative.

In your final year you’ll begin advanced level study with an increasing emphasis on independent learning and small group teaching in specialist classes run by tutors researching and publishing in that particular field of literary study.

The Contemporary Literature module gives you the opportunity to reflect on writing that have been produced within the last ten years. The Independent Study module allows for other kinds of project, including ones involving employment experience.

Through the ‘Creative Writing (Advanced)’ module, you will develop your writing skills with a view to a possible submission to publishers. You will also take the ‘Major Project in Creative Writing’ module, which allows you the opportunity to produce 10,000 words (or equivalent) of your own writing including a critical commentary. On this project you will work one-to-one with a member of the Creative Writing team. You may also wish to take the Dissertation module in English Literature where you can spend a year studying a topic or author that most inspires you.

Study modules

Throughout your studies you will have a wide choice of modules, allowing you to pursue your interests. We regularly review and update the modules we offer as part of our quality assurance framework, so it is possible that the options available to you will differ slightly from those listed here.

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

  • Culture, Criticism and Literature
  • Culture, Criticism and Literature 2
  • Shakespeare
  • Creative Writing (Introduction)
  • Critical Theory in Action

Optional Modules

  • World Literature (English Literature)
  • Texts in Performance (Drama)
  • Approaches to Performance (Drama)

If you are interested in taking Drama modules at a later date in your course, you must first complete Approaches to Performance.

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

  • Creative Writing (Intermediate)

Alternative Compulsory Modules

(Two must be completed)

  • Landscapes and Mindscapes
  • Crime, Culture and Transgression
  • American Vistas: Literature and Culture of the USA
  • The Culture of Modernity

Single Credit Optional Modules (English Literature)

  • Special Topics: Periods
  • Special Topics: Genres
  • Special Topics: Stylistics
  • Special Topics: Themes
  • Work Placement

Optional Modules (Drama)

  • British Theatre 1950 – Present
  • Renaissance Tragedy and Comedy

Other Optional Modules

  • Hollywood and Europe
  • Screening Realism
  • Opera and Politics
  • Theatre and Theory
  • Methodology of Foreign Language Teaching

Year 3

Compulsory Modules

  • Creative Writing (Advanced)
  • Major Project in Creative Writing

Double Credit Honours Modules

  • Contemporary Literature (Synoptic)
  • English Literature Dissertation

Double Credit ‘Alternative Compulsory’ Honours Modules

(One must be completed)

  • Advanced Options 1
  • Advanced Options 2
  • Advanced Options 3

Other Modules

  • Independent study in English Literature Studies

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Work placements

We have great connections and contacts with local employers in a number of areas (such as museum work, the leisure industry, marketing and PR organisations, charities and NGOs). The department also contributes to a number of careers events with local, national and international employers and has forged links through research-based activities with a variety of creative arts, healthcare and environmental projects.

You can explore possible careers and gain credits through the optional Work Placement Module. You’ll build on the skills and knowledge you have gained to engage with professionals in the fields of publishing, journalism, education, cultural heritage and literary history.

Recent placements have included the Oxford Literary Festival, Oxford Story Museum, and Oxfam. You’ll learn the skills necessary to make you employable after graduation, and establish valuable links that will enhance your future employment prospects.

Students organise placements themselves, and Oxford Brookes Careers Centre is on hand to provide you with assistance in finding your own placement. You are responsible for your own travel and associated costs, therefore it is advised that you organise placements bearing this in mind. Oxfordshire based placements, such as at Pegasus Theatre, are accessible via public transport – a trip which is included on the Brookes Bus route, whilst placements in London will incur higher travel costs. It is encouraged that you explore opportunities for your placement provider to cover travel costs if you opt for a placement which is not local.

Study abroad

The English Literature programme has links with many universities across the world, and it is possible to spend a semester experiencing another country and culture via the Study Abroad programme. Our students have studied at our partner universities in Australia, the United States, Canada, and English-speaking universities in Norway and Denmark.

Tuition fees are paid as they would be if you remained in the UK, either to Oxford Brookes via your Student Loan or directly to Oxford Brookes according to your preference.

You will be responsible for all other costs such as accommodation, purchasing your airfares, travel and health insurance and visas.

Find out more about studying abroad here.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Additional costs

We do not expect students to purchase any compulsory course books, as they are all available in the library. If students wish to purchase additional books to supplement their reading, this is at their own discretion.

Programme changes

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.

Teaching and learning

Courses are delivered using a range of teaching methods and approaches, including:

  • formal lectures
  • interactive large-group lectures
  • seminars in various forms including student-led sessions
  • tutorials for individuals and groups
  • workshops
  • written feedback on assessed and unassessed coursework
  • oral presentations
  • self-directed study.

Teaching patterns vary from module to module, but most modules employ a mixture of lectures, seminars/workshops, and individual consultations (sometimes called tutorials) although there are exceptions such as the one-to-one contact with tutors during your Dissertation, Major Project, and Independent Study Modules. The Advanced Options modules tend to be taught through seminars rather than lectures.

Lectures, where scheduled, are normally 50 minutes long and occur once a week for each module. They cover the principal themes of the module and are attended by all students on it.

Seminars/Workshops are held for smaller groups of students and are intended for collective discussion. Seminars are extremely important and you should aim to prepare beforehand, attend regularly and participate fully. The object is to help you clarify uncertainties, try out your own ideas, and achieve expertise in the vital skill of oral communication.

Tutorials are individual consultations with your seminar tutor to discuss your work. The standard allowance is 30 minutes per student/per module. Some modules will have time dedicated to tutorials for a set purpose, but, in general, tutorial consultation may be in advance of preparing a piece of assessed work, to discuss feedback in detail, or simply to discuss aspects of the module you feel you might like help with.

All members of staff hold Office Hours of at least 2 hours per week and these times will be posted on their real and virtual office doors. During these times you are free to drop in to see your tutors.

Independent learning is understood as a learning process in which teaching staff retain overall responsibility for teaching and for the direction of work, while enabling the student to pursue specific localised interests to a greater depth than the formal syllabus might allow.

In year 1 students should expect to spend approximately 50% of their contact time in lectures though this differs between modules. In years 2 and 3 students would normally spend 33% of their contact time in lectures, shifting towards seminar and independent work, though the 'Contemporary Literature: Synoptic Module' retains a lecture/seminar format.

Time spent in different learning activities

Year Lectures, seminars or similar Independent study Placement
3 12%88%0%

Approach to assessment

Assessment can take the form of exams, coursework, or a combination of both. Coursework ranges from pieces of creative writing and essays to critical rewrites of well-known literary texts and group presentations. Examinations are normally essay-based or ask for a critical response to a passage from one of the set texts.

Breakdown of assessment methods used on this course

Year Written exams Practical exams Coursework
3 50%0%50%

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2018/19: £9,250. 2019/20: £9,250.

Home/EU - part time fee: 2018/19: £750 per single module. 2019/20: £750 per single module.

International - full time: 2018/19: £13,150 2019/20: £13,410

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112 - preferred subjects include English Language and/or English Literature

A-Level: BBC (to include English Language and/or English Literature)

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. This combination of A-level grades would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

IB Diploma: 3O points including 4 English (Higher Level)

If you accept a Conditional offer to this course as your Firm choice through UCAS, and the offer does not include a requirement to pass an English language test or improve your English language, we may be able to make the offer Unconditional. Please check your offer carefully where this will be confirmed for each applicant.

For combined honours, normally the offer will lie between the offers quoted for each subject.

Applications are also welcomed for consideration from applicants with European qualifications, international qualifications or recognised foundation courses. For advice on eligibility please contact Admissions: admissions@brookes.ac.uk

Specific entry requirements

A-Level: grade C in English (English, English Language, English Literature or English Language and Literature)

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements

Pathways courses for international and EU students

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an  international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.

If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our  pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.

English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

How to apply

International applicants

Apply direct »

For full-time study you can also apply through UCAS.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Oxford Brookes operates the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Why Oxford is a great place to study this course

Oxford is the ideal city in which to study English Literature with Creative Writing. It has a vibrant literary community and is home to many writers and publishing companies. Cultural and literary events, such as the Oxford Literary Festival, take place throughout the year and Oxford also has a number of world-class libraries, archives, collections, and museums.

As a student in Oxford you'll also be at the heart of the UK's most successful economic region and in a centre for leading industries which will provide you with a host of work placement and other learning opportunities.


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Support for students studying English Literature with Creative Writing

Students are provided with academic and pastoral support throughout their degree programme. The Department and the University offer Academic Advisors and Student Support Coordinators.

Throughout your time at Oxford Brookes you will receive support from our Faculty staff, both academically and personally. Our Student Support Coordinators are there to support you in all aspects of your academic career, from module choices to any personal issues you may experience.

Your Academic Advisor will be allocated when you start, and will provide support throughout your studies. We have a dedicated English and Creative Writing librarian who will help you access relevant materials and guide you through the huge range of information available.

The department also hosts two fellows from the Royal Literary Fund (RLF). The RLF scheme places experienced writers into higher education institutions to offer confidential one-to-one tutorials on any aspect of writing and presentation, whether creative writing, academic assessed and non-assessed work, exam writing or seminar presentation. All Oxford Brookes students can sign up and consult with one of the fellows, who are available across four days each week.

Specialist facilities

The English Literature with Creative Writing degree makes the most of Oxford's rich literary, historical and cultural heritage. Students have recently undertaken projects and fieldwork at the Ashmolean Museum, the Bodleian Library, the Oxford Union, the Pitt Rivers Museum and Modern Art Oxford.

The Department is also home to the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre, which offers an exciting programme of events open to all students.

General support services

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

Career prospects

English Literature with Creative writing will help you to acquire a range of highly transferable qualities including analytical thinking, evaluative and research skills, self-discipline, and effective written and spoken communication.

Many of our MA alumni have gone on to win literary prizes and have their writing published. 

English Literature graduates go on to a wide variety of jobs in a number of different employment sectors. The following list is indicative of common destinations but is in no way comprehensive:

  • Arts administration and management
  • Journalism
  • Charity work
  • New Media
  • Civil Service
  • Creative Industries
  • Creative Industries
  • Further Study
  • Law
  • Public Policy
  • Marketing
  • Publishing
  • Retail Management
  • Teaching
  • NGOs.

Further study

Once you have successfully completed your degree, you may wish to stay with us to continue on to more in-depth postgraduate study. 

We currently offer taught courses for MA Creative Writing and MA English Literature, and also welcome those who would like to join us to undertake further research such as an MA by Research, an MPhil, or a PhD.

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