Kingston University

Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

Why choose this course? – You’ll have opportunities to get involved in a huge range of activities, including poetry festivals and readings by guest authors, through our Writers’ Centre, Kingston. – You’ll learn how style and meaning are created and interpreted through spoken and written texts, and apply this knowledge to your own writing. – Many of our graduates have had their work published. Recently, Oyinkan Braithwaite’s debut novel My Sister, The Serial Killer was longlisted for the Booker Prize 2019. About this course This degree gives you the creative freedom to experiment with writing in a wide variety of genres and media. Choose from poetry, prose and non-fiction to professional writing, writing for performance on stage, radio and screen. Explore topics and debates in the fields of creative writing, English literature and English language. Examine how literature shapes, and is shaped by, wider social and cultural contexts. Through this course, you’ll develop oral and written communication skills and establish a solid foundation in the study of literature and language. There is a focus on developing skills in critical reading, writing and analysis. You’ll graduate with skills that employers seek, such as communication, critical thinking, organisation, intercultural awareness, team work and the ability to work independently.

Course details


Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Year 1

  • Reading London: Drama, Poetry and Prose
  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Writing that Works
  • Introduction to Communication
Year 2
  • Independent Research Studies
  • Independent Creative Writing
  • Optional modules including:
  • Language and Society
  • Language and Cognition
  • Style and meaning
  • Deadly Desires/Dangerous Discourse: Gothic Literature and Theory
  • Being Human: Self, Subject, Identity in Medieval and Early Modern Culture
  • Sex and the City: From Victorian Metropolis to Modernist Wasteland
  • Transforming Realities: Innovation and Social Change in Twentieth Century and Contemporary Literature
  • Selfhood and Nation: Life and Literature in an Age of Imperial Expansion, 1660-1830
  • Content, Form and Creativity
Year 3
  • Dissertation
  • Professional Communication Skills
  • Optional modules, including:
  • Special Study: Narrative
  • Special Study: Meaning
  • Special Study: Discourse and Social Media
  • Special Study Language Processing
  • Radical Writers
  • Children’s Literature for Adult Readers
  • Special Author
  • American Countercultures
  • British Black and Asian Writing
  • Imagined Places: Humans, Animals and Cyborgs
  • Making Shakespeare: Text, Performance and Adaptation
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Creative Writing Dissertation Project
  • Creative Writing Special Study: Narrative Techniques in Popular Fiction
  • Creative Writing Special Study: Get a Life: Forms of (Auto)biography
  • Creative Writing Special Study: Scriptwriting
- Creative Writing Special Study: Poetry: Experiments and Innovations

Assessment method

Assessment typically comprises exams (eg test or exam), practical (eg presentations, performance) and coursework (eg essays, reports, self-assessment, portfolios, dissertation).

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
EU £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change as we are awaiting the Office For Student Guidance on Fee levels for 2021 and beyond. For foundation year and international fees, please visit: Please visit the provider course webpage for further information regarding additional course costs
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