English Literature with Creative Writing at University of East Anglia UEA - UCAS

Course summary

Overview Creative Writing has been part of the UEA story for over 50 years. In that time, countless writers have emerged from our seminars and workshops and made a lasting impact on the field of contemporary literature. Are you ready to join them? Immerse yourself in a thriving community of writers and thinkers through the study of English Literature with Creative Writing at UEA. Learning from practicing writers and passionate teachers, you will sharpen your ability to sculpt language into stories, scenes and images. You will build worlds, develop your voice, find ways to express the inexpressible. Alongside this, you will study literatures from around the world, past and present. You will discover how writers and thinkers have expanded literary possibilities, made art out of lived experience and shown us, in myriad ways, what it means to be human. Does that sound like your kind of thing? If it does, this might be your kind of place. About This Course 'To write is to practice, with particular intensity and attentiveness, the art of reading.’ So wrote Susan Sontag. In a similar way, at UEA we believe that good readers make good writers. It’s for this reason that we combine the study of English Literature and creative writing at all levels of our degree programme. While in one seminar you might examine the practice and possibilities of point of view, or rhythm, or setting; in another you might find yourself discussing the relationship between literature and history or reflecting on the ways queer or deconstructive theories can re-frame your way of reading. In this way, your creative and literary training go hand-in-hand, each enhancing the other. You’ll be able to draw on the wealth of literature you’ve been reading to inspire your writing, and your understanding of how literature works will be deepened by your attempts to write it yourself. You will be studying at a university rich in famous creative writing alumni, including Booker Prize winners Ian McEwan and Anne Enright, Forward Prize winner Mona Arshi, and Nobel Prize winner Sir Kazuo Ishiguro. You will draw inspiration from this rich lineage, while working closely with our many practicing writers in seminars, workshops and supervisions. In your study of English literature, you’ll discover a wealth of writers from the classical past right up to poets and novelists writing now. You’ll explore diverse literary traditions from across the globe, and you’ll tackle a heady mix of genres, which currently range from the gothic to contemporary fiction, crime writing to children’s literature and many more. Whichever modules you choose to study, you’ll be taught by our world-leading writers and critics. UEA’s School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing is famous for innovation in teaching and for cutting-edge research – that’s why in the most recent Times Higher Education Analysis (REF2021), UEA was ranked 19th in the UK for the quality of its research in English Language and Literature. When you’re not in the classroom, you’ll be able to explore the glories of Norwich, an extraordinary place in which to be a writer. Not only is it jaw-droppingly beautiful; it’s also England’s first UNESCO City of Literature and home to the National Centre for Writing. You’ll immerse yourself in this community, perhaps sharing your work at our UEA Live: New Writing series, or attending literary festival events with internationally-renowned literary figures. We say that UEA is the place where literature lives – when you join the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing, you’ll join a unique and supportive community of critics, writers, and drama practitioners, who bring literature to life every day. It’s a pretty good place to be, and you can find out more about the activities in our school by following us on Instagram. Disclaimer Course details are subject to change. You should always confirm the details on the provider's website: www.uea.ac.uk

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE Requirements:  GCSE English Language grade 4 or C and GCSE Mathematics grade 4 or C. We welcome a wide range of qualifications - for further information please visit our website www.uea.ac.uk

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Additional entry requirements


Candidates who are shortlisted will be asked to provide a sample of their creative writing as part of our assessment.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6.5IELTS: 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing) We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Please check our website for details: https://www.uea.ac.uk/apply/our-admissions-policy/english-language-equivalencies

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £20600 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Tuition fees are reviewed annually and subject to increase. Some fees are regulated by the UK government and will be changed in line with advice from them. Fees for continuing students (i.e. those on courses of greater than one year in length) will normally increase annually. This increase will not exceed 4% or the % increase of the UK Government regulated fee whichever is higher. The fee increase is based on the fee for the year that you register. For further information about additional costs for your course and information on fee status please see our website.
English Literature with Creative Writing at University of East Anglia UEA - UCAS