London Metropolitan University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Creative Writing and English Literature

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Course summary

Why study this course? Study on a degree that combines theoretical study with the development of your own creative voice as a writer. Taught by experienced poets and novelists, you'll increase your understanding of literature through the study of the historical and contemporary genres in national and international contexts. Publishing, the arts, education, communications and business sectors are just a few of the areas open to you after graduation. More about this course This combined degree in Creative Writing and English Literature gives budding writers the best of both worlds. You may want to be a performance poet, adapt a work of literature for the screen or stage, think about literature from a philosophical perspective or find out more about the publishing industry. The blend of modules on this course makes all of these goals achievable. The English Literature modules cover all the major genres of poetry, drama and prose, which helps you gain an understanding of their development through history. You’ll study major literary and cultural movements such as romanticism and modernism, and will have the opportunity to choose niche specialisms such as the literature of childhood or the literature of London. On the Creative Writing modules, you’ll learn how to edit your work and develop your writing across literary and commercial genres as well as developing the ability to think critically about the cultural, ethical and political dimensions of writing. The skills you'll gain by editing and critiquing your own work will be valuable when working on essays in other areas. You'll benefit from our exceptional facilities and have the resources of the British Library at your fingertips. London is a vast hub of literary and cultural history, and you will benefit from organised visits to theatres, galleries, libraries, archives and events, giving context and support to your studies. You'll be taught by experienced academics who are dedicated to undergraduate teaching, as well as published poets, novelists and dramatists, whose knowledge of the publishing industry can give you the valuable professional insight needed to kick-start your career. Staff are dedicated to helping you get the most out of your degree and the enthusiastic, high quality teaching on this course has been highly rated by students. After you graduate you will be an excellent candidate for a career in publishing, the creative and cultural industries, the arts, education and the communications sector. What our students say “The lecturers and tutors have all been enthusiastic in both subjects and for the institution they are teaching in. The course has introduced me to works I would have otherwise not known and opened my mind to new areas in literature. The partnership between English Literature and Creative Writing has created interesting opportunities to explore my own creative writing.” Former student, National Student Survey

Course details


Example Year 1 modules include: Romantics to Victorians (core, 30 credits) Theory and Practice of Drama (core, 30 credits) Theory and Practice of Poetry (core, 30 credits) Writer's World (core, 30 credits) Writing and Editing Fiction and Non-fiction (core, 30 credits) Example Year 2 modules include: Genre Fiction (core, 30 credits) Victorians to Moderns (core, 30 credits) Writing and Editing Fiction and Nonfiction (core, 30 credits) Poetry and Performance (option, 15 credits) Research Methodology and Ethics in Creative Writing (option, 15 credits) The Craft of Fiction (option, 15 credits) The Literature of Childhood (option, 15 credits), and The Short Story (option, 15 credits) Example Year 3 modules include: Project (Creative Writing and English Literature) (core, 30 credits) Why Literature Matters (core, 30 credits) From Life Writing to Fiction (alternative core, 30 credits) Moderns to Contemporaries (alternative core, 30 credits) From Page to Performance: Stage and Screen (option, 15 credits) Literary London (option, 15 credits) Publishing and the Industry (option, 15 credits)

Assessment method

You'll be assessed through a mixture of critical essays on literary topics and portfolios of creative work produced in relation to workshops and critiques.

How to apply

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For up to date English language requirements please see:

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English Language GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent). We accept a broad range of equivalent level qualifications, please check the UCAS tariff calculator or contact us if you are unsure if you meet the minimum entry requirements for this course. We encourage applications from international/EU students with equivalent qualifications. We also accept mature students with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Once you have applied you have the option to send us a writing sample of poetry, prose or script, which we will give you feedback on. This is not a requirement for admission.

Additional entry requirements


As part of your application to study Creative Writing and English Literature we would also like you to submit two pieces of writing of 500 words each. The first should be a creative piece and you may write this in the form of a short piece of fictional prose, a longer poem or sequence of shorter poems, a fragment of dialogue for performance on stage with one of more characters and some indication of setting, theme and scene or a piece of creative non-fiction such as nature writing, travel writing or memoir. You can write in any style, form or register and you have complete freedom in terms of theme. The second piece of writing should be a critical appraisal of your interest in studying Creative Writing and English Literature. This should combine reflection on your experience of reading and writing literature so far and speak clearly to the themes of justice, equity and participation. London Met is committed to making your education a transformative force for social justice and social mobility. You should try to answer the following question: "How can reading, writing and publishing literature contribute to a better world?''

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £2310 Module
Northern Ireland £2310 Module
Scotland £2310 Module
Wales £2310 Module
EU £4277 Module
International £4277 Module
Channel Islands £4277 Module
Republic of Ireland £4277 Module

Additional fee information

These fees are for the 2022/23 academic year. Fees for new and returning students may change each year by an amount set under the government’s regulation. For further information about our undergraduate fees, please visit: Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be extra costs for things such as equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees. There may also be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but that you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
Creative Writing and English Literature at London Metropolitan University - UCAS