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Creative Writing BA

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3-year full-time; 4.5-6-year part-time



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Creative Writing BA


About the course

English & Creative Writing at Brunel, ranked 11th in UK – Guardian League Tables, May 2016

From modern fiction and comedy to screenwriting and poetry – there are a number of exciting and creatively stimulating genres you will be able to explore and master on our Creative Writing programme.

Whether you’re interested in travel writing, journalism, comedy screenwriting, the short story or the contemporary novel, Brunel has a wide range of staff who regularly produce bestselling novels, screenplays for major movies or journalism for the best of the British and international press. Combining this expertise with a supportive environment for students looking to break into writing, the Brunel Creative Writing BA is undoubtedly among the best in the country.

You will work within a vibrant academic discipline that specialises in contemporary literature and culture, and will be part of a School dedicated to the contemporary arts. The creative writing programme at Brunel is one of the oldest established in the UK.


  • You will be given a secure foundation in the techniques of writing fiction, theatre and poetry, and will be introduced to the idea of writing as a profession.
  • Within a sound academic environment, you will be able to develop your own creativity and explore different genres of writing under the guidance of experienced staff and practising writers of international standing.
  • Good writing and creative skills have never been more important, especially for anyone seeking a career in the burgeoning creative industries field.


Daljit Nagra and Elizabeth Evenden
Admission Tutors

Tel +44 (0)1895 267248 / +44 (0)1895 267816
Email english-admissions@brunel.ac.uk

Course Content

Typical Modules

Level 1

  • Reading Resilience (30 credits)
  • Introduction to Writing Fiction (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Writing Drama (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Writing Poetry (20 credits)
  • World Literature (30 credits)
  • Critical Reading Portfolio (30 credits)

Level 2

  • Writing Contemporary Poetry (20 credits)
  • Writing the Short Story (20 credits)
  • Writing Journalism (20 credits)
  • Screenwriting (20 credits)
  • Horror, Sci-fi and Fantasy (20 credits)
  • Nineteeth-Century Novel (20 credits)
  • Shakespeare Text and Performance (20 credits)
  • The Women's Movement and 20th Century Writing (20 credits)
  • Modernism (20 credits)
  • Romaticism and Revolution (20 credits)
  • Contemporary British Fiction (20 credits)
  • Genre Fiction (20 credits)

Level 3

  • Major Project or Dissertation (40 credits)
  • Writing Modern Fiction (20 credits)
  • Writing Comedy (20 credits)
  • Minor Project or Dissertation
  • Writing Modern Drama (20 credits)
  • The Creative Industries (20 credits)
  • Psychogeography (20 credits)
  • Performance Poetry (20 credits)
  • Postcolonial Perspectives (20 credits)
  • Victorian Literature and Culture (20 credits)
  • Jane Austen (20 credits)
  • The Muslim World in Early Modern English
  • Post War and Late Twentieth Century Literature 1945-2001 (20 credits)
  • The Long Novel (20 credits)
  • Writing Ireland (20 credits)
  • Modern and Contemporary Lesbian Literature (20 credits)
  • Pyschogeography (20 credits)
  • Violence (20 credits)

In the final year, you will be able to create a major writing project, which may take the form of a short story, a novel fragment, a portfolio of poems, a short play, a short script or a collection of journalism, as well as a minor project in another discipline.

You will work on a critical project that supports your writing – so if you choose to write a film comedy, you will be encouraged to study contemporary screen comedy, or if you opt for a short story on a post-colonial theme, you will similarly be expected to study post-colonial fiction.

This is your opportunity to pursue your individual interest. Whether it’s writing an epic poem, a blockbuster screenplay or a portfolio of journalism, we have members of staff who will share your enthusiasm and help you to achieve your aim.

Read more about the structure of undergraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.

Special Features

  • We believe that the best teachers of writing are writers and Creative Writing at Brunel is taught by successful, published writers, many of whom have international reputations.
  • Our teachers have published over 100 books between them, won many awards and honours and written for every national newspaper and magazine in the country.
  • Along with our regular teaching staff below, we also employ many freelancers who are also leading writers, editors and journalists.
  • You can study Creative Writing as a Single Honours degree, or a Joint Honours with English or Theatre or Games Design.
  • We believe in your creative freedom and we will nurture your talent and help you grow as a writer by developing your ideas, craft and confidence.
  • We offer a final year course called Creative Industries which helps students consider their career options and shape their future.
  • We aim to publish an anthology of student writing every year. The first anthology was published in 2014 and featured 29 third year Creative Writing students.
  • The university is within easy tube reach of central London and has a safe and friendly campus environment.

Staff Profiles

Facts and Figures

Brunel has a growing reputation for its teaching and research in the fields of Contemporary Literature and Creative Writing, and for its work in the areas of Renaissance Studies, Nineteenth Century Literature and Postcolonial Studies.

It offers innovative courses across a broad range of periods and genres covering a wide variety of traditional and non-traditional texts, all taught by enthusiastic staff who are specialists in their fields.

Teaching and Assessment


The course is taught by highly qualified staff who are actively engaged in research, scholarship or relevant professional practice.

You will be taught through various methods such as lectures, tutorials, workshops and seminars. You will receive one-to-one supervision in your final year project.

Student Support

You will be assigned a tutor who remains with you throughout your degree course. They are available to discuss personal and academic problems. We pride ourselves on our commitment to the individual, and you will find both academic and administrative staff only too pleased to help.


Assessment is by a combination of essays, projects, presentations, audiovisual production and examination.


The mastery of language and the ability to research topics, process information and express ideas, all of which Creative Writing confers, are workplace skills which are highly valued by employers in many fields.


This course is an ideal foundation for those wanting to move directly into the writing professions or the creative industries. It has been designed to develop confidence, skills and awareness in those who opt to follow one of our career-focused MA programmes.

We work closely with agents, publishers, producers and other key industry professionals. This means that you will get the best opportunity to understand the industries through which your writing will reach its audience. You will be given the best introduction to the writing professions through the career-focused Creative Writing and the Creative Industries module.

Graduates have also moved into publishing, journalism, advertising, television, films, business writing, public relations and teaching.

Past students have gone on to work in companies such as the BBC and Universal Studios, as well as publishing novels, having plays produced and screenwriting.

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

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Fees for 2017/18 entry

UK/EU students: £9,250 full-time; £6,935 part-time

International students: £14,400 full-time

Additional course related costs

See our fees and funding page for full details of scholarships available to Brunel applicants

Entry Criteria 2017/18

  • GCE A-level BBB, including Grade B in English Literature, English Language, English Language and Literature, Literature in English or Creative Writing.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD in related subject, plus Grade B in A-level English (Applicants without A-Level English Literature or English Language and Literature will be required to submit a written sample of work on request).
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in any subject, with an A-Level in English at grade B.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in any subject, with A-Levels grade BB including English.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points, including Higher Level 5 in English.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass a related subject Access course with 45 credits at Level 3 with Merit in all units.


5 GCSEs to include Maths at Grade C and English Language at Grade C are also required.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

International and EU Entry Requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)

Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.

However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.

Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English. Find out more information about English course and test options.