English and Creative Writing BA (Hons)


Overview


Reasons to study English and Creative Writing BA (Hons) degree at DMU:

  • Study in breadth and depth
    and learn new skills in a wide range of highly specialised modules covering a wide range of different subject areas across Creative Writing, English Language and English Literature
  • Explore print and digital humanities
    by learning to use a hand printing press or gain practical training in HTML with options exploring the production of literary texts in manuscript, print and digital forms from DMU’s Centre for Textual Studies
  • Become part of regional writing networks 
    and perform and publish your creative writing work through events such as our book fair, States of Independence, DMU’s Cultural eXchanges festival, and take advantage of spoken word events
  • Improve your employability
    focusing your career prospects through learning essential skills and knowledge and putting them to practical use. The final-year placement module allows you to gain work experience and develop your presentation and communication skills
  • Gain workplace skills and experience
    by putting your research, reasoning and communication skills into practice with an English-related placement module or extra-curricular internship during your degree
  • International opportunity
    through #DMUglobal where you will have the opportunity for a meaningful international experience

The English and Creative Writing programme combines study of English Literature, English Language and Creative Writing. This includes exploring the history, structures, uses and context of English as a world language and the history of English Literature from the medieval era to the 21st century, while Creative Writing modules provide students with a firm technical foundation in craft and equip students to write for a range of media including print and digital forms, drawing on the English Subject Team’s expertise in digital humanities.

Study English and Creative Writing at DMU and join a lively and welcoming academic community. Get involved in the student-led English Literature, English Language and Creative Writing Societies, go on theatre trips in the UK or travel abroad with #DMUglobal as part of your course. Our graduates go into a wide range of professions including media, translation, freelance writing, marketing, publishing, teaching, public relations and the civil service.

You will receive excellent teaching from internationally-renowned academics who are friendly, supportive and passionate about language or literature, with the opportunity to attend talks by visiting writers. Past guests have included authors Carol Ann Duffy and Benjamin Zephaniah.


Structure and assessment


Course modules

First year

Core modules:

  • Introduction to Drama: Shakespeare
  • Evolving Language
  • Exploring Creative Writing
  • Writing Identity

Optional  modules:

  • Work-based Learning (Placement)

Second year

Core module:

  • Exploration and Innovation: 14th Century to 18th Century Literature

Optional modules:

  • 20th and 21st Century Literature
  • Ways of Reading
  • Screen and Literary Adaptations of the Classics
  • Romantic and Victorian Literature
  • Text Technologies
  • Sociolinguistics
  • English Language in UK Schools
  • Introducing English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Language in Context
  • Grammar: Analysing Linguistic Structure
  • Semantics: Analysing Linguistic Meaning
  • Research Methods for Linguists
  • Phonetics and Phonology
  • Word, Image, Sound
  • Writing Place
  • Erasmus Year

Third year

Core English module:

  • English Dissertation OR
  • English Language Dissertation OR
  • Professional Writing Skills

Optional English modules:

  • Nineteenth-Century American Literature
  • Contemporary Irish Writing
  • The British Working Class in Literature, Film and Television
  • Unruly Women, Revolutionary Men
  • English in the Workplace
  • Modernism and Modernity
  • Staging the World: Shakespeare and His Contemporaries
  • Medieval.com
  • Sex and Death in Romantic Writing, 1780-1830
  • Textual Studies Using Computers
  • Radical and Contemporary Adaptations
  • Biofiction: Writers’ afterlives
  • Writing Adaptations: Theory and Practice
  • English Language in the Workplace
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Powerful Language: An Introduction to Rhetoric
  • Language, Mind and Culture
  • Perception, Persuasion, Power
  • Language Acquisition
  • Portfolio
  • Specialism and Negotiated Study

Facilities and features


Clephan Building

Clephan Building is home to DMU’s humanities subjects, and is equipped with the latest audio-visual equipment and cinema screens.

Currently Clephan houses some key Arts, Design and Humanities student support facilities including the Arts, Design and Humanities Placement Team and the Faculty’s Advice Centre, where you can access information about timetabling, specialist support queries. and any other questions you may have about your course.

The building also features the Leicester Centre for Creative Writing, Centre for Textual Studies, Centre for Adaptations, and the International Centre for Sports History and Culture.

Library

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.

Learning zones

Our Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.


Opportunities and careers


Placements

Work placements are offered as part of this course and are a great way to boost your skills and experience while studying. Placements improve your chances of gaining a graduate-level job and can often lead to an offer of employment after graduation.

You will have the option to go on a sandwich placement between your second and third years of study and/or to do a short-term placement during your third year through either the ‚English Language in the Workplace’ module or the ‘English in the Workplace’ module. Previous students taking these modules have worked as mentors for local school pupils to help improve their reading age, written magazine features at a publishing firm, carried out research for a PR company and worked in the offices of a regional newspaper at the Leicester Mercury. We have numerous links with organisations both in the UK and internationally, and the placements team will help you to identify a placement to suit you.

We also actively encourage students to become involved in such activities as the European ERASMUS+ university exchange / placement scheme and the US Exchange Programme. Student involvement in Open Days as guides and subject ambassadors is also actively sought; the single best advertisement we can give for our degree comes when the students, and not the tutors, describe what the course has given them.

#DMUglobal

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world. Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges. In recent years, students of English and Creative Writing have engaged in #DMUglobal activity in New York, Tokyo, India, the Czech Republic, Berlin, Canada, and Thailand, and we are continually looking for new destinations to allow us to explore the connections between what we do in the classroom and what happens in the world beyond.

Study abroad

You will have the opportunity, as part of your degree, to study abroad in Europe or the USA.

The Faculty currently offers students opportunities to study at the following European universities: the European University of Cyprus, Faith University, Istanbul (Turkey), Charles University, Prague (Czech Republic), Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf (Germany), Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (Germany), and the University of Oulu (Finland).

Graduate careers

English and Creative Writing graduates are eminently employable because of their highly developed communication and reasoning skills and their ability to work independently and as part of a group. We develop our students’ information analysis and presentation skills to produce extremely articulate, adaptable, professional communicators who can operate with ease in any setting and with any group of people.

If you choose to take the final year Professional Writing Skills module you will be asked to think more widely about employability, and to recognise – and articulate to employers – the rich skills you bring to any workplace.

Our graduates go into a wide range of careers including archival work, the media, the civil service, marketing, journalism, the arts, library services, banking, charity work, teaching English as a foreign language, publishing, public relations, primary and secondary teaching, and postgraduate study. Others travel or choose work which allows them time to write.


 

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