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Creative Writing BA

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Study mode

3-year full-time; 4-year thick-sandwich; 4.5-6-year part-time

UCAS code

W800, W801 with placement year

Start date


Study location

Brunel University London campus

Entry criteria

BBB (A-level)

Placement Offered This course has a placement year option


English & Creative Writing at Brunel, ranked 8th in UK – Guardian University Guide 2018

We regularly host online webinars to give you the chance to find out more about our courses and what studying at Brunel is like.  For a playback of our recent Creative Writing webinar, click here. 

Brunel University London’s impact on the future wages of its graduates is among the best in the country compared to other universities, according to a new analysis of government data by The Economist (2017).

About the course

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.


Contact our Enquiries team.
Course Enquiries: +44 (0)1895 265599 (before you submit an application)
Admissions Office: +44 (0)1895 265265 (after you submit an application)

Course content

Typical Modules

Level 1

  • Introduction to Writing Fiction (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Writing Drama (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Writing Poetry (15 credits)
  • World Literature (30 credits)
  • Workshop Diary (15 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)
  • Writing Contemporary Poetry (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)
  • Post-Colonial Writing (20 credits)
  • Romaticism and Revolution (20 credits)
  • Contemporary British Fiction (20 credits)
  • Genre Fiction (20 credits)
  • Creative Writing for Therapeutic purposes (20 credits)
  • Life Writing (20 credits)

Level 3

  • Major Project or Dissertation (40 credits)
  • Writing Modern Fiction (20 credits)
  • Writing Comedy (20 credits)
  • Minor Project or Dissertation
  • Writing Film and Television (20 credits)
  • The Creative Industries (20 credits)
  • Psychogeography (20 credits)
  • Performance Poetry (20 credits)
  • Postcolonial Perspectives (20 credits)
  • Victorian Literature and Culture (20 credits)
  • Chaucer to Shakespeare (20 credits)
  • The Muslim World in Early Modern English
  • Post War and Late Twentieth Century Literature 1945-2001 (20 credits)
  • Reading for Writers / Writing for Readers (20 credits)
  • Writing Ireland (20 credits)
  • Modern and Contemporary Lesbian Literature (20 credits)
  • Pyschogeography (20 credits)
  • Violence (20 credits)
  • Jane Austen and her Novels (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.


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.

In your final year, you can opt to take a Creative Industries module to help you consider your career options and shape your future. Guest speakers include practitioners from book, magazine and news publishing, film and television, talent agents and career development consultants. Your CV is one of the most important pieces of creative writing you will ever produce and many of our students benefit from industry experience by joining internship programmes with your support.

Brunel Creative Writing graduates are now doing many wonderful things, including being successful novelists, corporate writers and academic researchers.

Careers and your future

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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Entry criteria 2019/20

  • 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 DDM in a related subject, with an A-Level in English at grade B.
  • 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 5 in Higher Level 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. A sample of creative writing (prose only) will also be requested.

 A minimum of five GCSEs are required, including English Language grade C or grade 4. GCSE Mathematics grade C or grade 4 is also normally required. 

Applicants who do not have an A-Level in English may be considered on a case-by-case basis and will be requested to submit a written sample of work (prose only).

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants within our grade range 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)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason.

We offer our own BrunELT English Test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options at the Brunel Language Centre.

Teaching and learning

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 and feedback

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

Special features

  • English & Creative Writing at Brunel, ranked 8th in UK – Guardian University Guide 2018
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • You can take part in book clubs, screenings, author events, literary debates and musical and theatrical performances throughout the year
  • 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.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2019/20 entry

UK/EU students: £9,250 full-time; £6,935 part-time; £1,000 placement year

International students: £15,400 full-time

Some courses incur additional course related costs. You can also check our on-campus accommodation costs for more information on living expenses.

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

Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home/EU undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International fees will increase annually, by no more than 5% or RPI (Retail Price Index), whichever is the greater.

There is a range of financial support available to help you fund your studies. Find out about undergraduate student funding options.