Explore the relationships between creative writing and historical change across a wide range of modules offered by our History & Politics and English departments. The joint degree is the perfect combination for students wanting do creative practice, learn to write historical fiction, and gain cutting edge research knowledge about the past. In addition to creative writing training and history modules, the programme links the student to museums, galleries and creative spaces located in the city. The department teaching team include world recognized writers and historians, including the prize winning Penguin novelist of Unexploded, Professor Alison MacLeod. In addition, you will explore your passion for history with modules that cover the Medieval period through into the twenty first century: both in Britain and across the world. You’ll work with experienced tutors and experts who use the latest research to underlie their teaching to ensure that you have access to emerging creative writing techniques and the latest debates within the study of history. On this course you will: -Study the craft of writing short fiction, poetry, novels, screenplays and creative non-fiction. -Gain a critical insight into historical societies from a variety of contexts and time periods. -Learn from our expert team of published writers and leading academics. -Engage with contemporary issues in your writing such as climate change, race and sexuality. -Build your degree around your interests. -Meet and talk with agents and editors at our annual publishing panel.
Year One: In your first year, you will learn to tap into your own experience and engage with the wider world for creative material. You will also begin to examine key events and contexts from throughout The Crusades, The Tudors, and Britain in the First World War. Year Two: In your second year, you will explore poetry, short fiction, life writing, flash fiction, and writing for children. Your historical studies will explore witchcraft, colonial and decolonisation histories, and thoughts and theologies of Medieval societies. Year Three: The creative modules in your final year allow you to explore your discipline and genre of choice. You will also explore more specific genres such as YA fiction, flash fiction, digital writing, fantasy, and science fiction. You will explore the novel, short stories and poetry. Alongside this, your historical studies will conclude with a focus on acts of separation, resistance and change. You will also explore Early Modern shopping and trade, historical attitudes to death, and the representation of history within graphic novels.
Creative writing modules are predominately assessed through portfolios of work. Your History modules will mainly be assessed through a combination essays, exams and presentations. Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, allowing you to clearly see your academic progress at all stages of the course.
How to apply
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
The University welcomes mature applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements listed here. As an alternative, a 'non-standard entry portfolio' may be set for the applicant to complete in order to demonstrate their readiness for higher education. • IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5
English language requirements
|No component less than 5.5
|50-57 and no lower than 50-57 in each component
|At least: 18 in Reading 17 in Listening 20 in Speaking 17 in Writing
Qualifications recognised for English language proficiency
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