Combines the study of English literature, English language and creative writing to help you learn new skills in a wide range of subject areas.
Core topics explore the evolution of the English language and how it has been employed by society for communication along with analysis and exploration of critical texts within English literature.
The creative writing modules will provide you with a firm technical foundation in the craft, helping you to write for a range of media, including print and digital forms, drawing on DMU’s expertise in digital humanities while at the same time developing your own writing in exciting and creative directions.
You will join a lively and welcoming academic community, where you can study a range of topics including Shakespeare, screen and literary adaptations of the classics, romantic and Victorian literature and sociolinguistics.
Our graduates are highly employable owing to their highly developed communication and reasoning skills and their ability to work independently and as part of a group. Many have progressed into professions including media, translation, freelance writing, marketing, publishing, teaching, public relations and the civil service.
- Develop a wide range of transferable skills by learning how to absorb, understand and communicate complex information effectively.
- DMU is ranked in the top 10 Creative Writing courses in the UK for graduate prospects, according to the Complete University Guide 2022.
- Discover print and digital humanities by learning how to use a hand printing press or gain practical training in HTML, with options to explore the production of literary texts in manuscript, print and digital forms.
- Join regional writing networks, take advantage of spoken word events, and perform and publish your work through annual book fairs and festivals such as States of Independence and DMU’s Cultural eXchanges Festival.
- You will receive first-rate teaching from internationally renowned academics who are friendly, supportive and passionate about language and literature. There will be opportunities to attend talks by visiting writers, with previous guests having included former Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and poet Benjamin Zephaniah.
- Boost your career prospects through valuable placement and internship opportunities. Recent students have landed roles at the BBC and Penguin Random House, as well mentoring schoolchildren.
- Take part in our international experience programme, DMU Global. Previous students have discovered Danish literature in Copenhagen, taken part in a scavenger hunt in New York Public Library and learned about the role of language in surveillance in Berlin.
Structure and assessment
- Introduction to Drama: Shakespeare
- Evolving Language
- Exploring Creative Writing
- Writing Identity
- Work-based Learning (Placement)
- Exploration and Innovation: 14th Century to 18th Century Literature
- 20th and 21st Century Literature
- Ways of Reading
- Screen and Literary Adaptations of the Classics
- Romantic and Victorian Literature
- Text Technologies
- 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
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
- 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
- Specialism and Negotiated Study
Facilities and features
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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).
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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