Develop as a creative and professional writer while exploring the writing that has shaped, and been shaped by, different societies by studying our BA (Hons) Writing and English Literature degree in Cambridge. Join a course that scored 92% for Academic Support in the National Student Survey 2023. Explore professional writing techniques and learn to write compelling narratives whether you want to write poetry, drama, short fiction, news, features, or something else. You’ll improve your writing skills with invaluable feedback from professional writers, and workshops with your fellow students. You’ll also find out how English literature is shaped by its historical and cultural context, and how, in turn, it influences individual readers and the whole of society. You’ll also learn about many other subjects, including history, politics, religion, psychology and history of art, which will enrich your writing. Your deeper understanding of literary texts will improve your abilities as a writer. You can tailor your Writing and English Literature degree to your ideal career with our wide range of optional modules, including work-based modules in Years 2 and 3. We’ll support you to find work placements relevant to your chosen career, and you’ll have opportunities to take part in live briefs with our partner organisations. Some of our students recently worked with Slow Theatre Company, producing a series plays for their Women in Red Wiki project to increase awareness of the under-representation of women on Wikipedia. Our course options also allow you to take a placement year as part of your course. You’ll also have the option to learn a language with our Anglia Language Programme in Years 2 and 3, and/or study abroad for a semester and apply for funding to help cover the cost. You’ll develop many skills besides writing, including literacy, communication, research, creative thinking, self-reliance and teamwork, all of which can help you start a career in many different areas. The impact of our English Language & Literature research achieved 'world-leading' in the Research Excellence Framework 2021. Outstanding student support Join our student community and:
- benefit from award-winning learning facilities, including extensive library and IT resources
- learn from expert staff who will guide your research interests and career development
- access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.
- make the most of studying in the picturesque city of Cambridge, with its wealth of literary connections and opportunities
Year 1 core modules: A History of English Literature 1: Writing Matters; A History of English Literature 2: Reading Literature and Theory; Introduction to Imaginative Writing; Screenwriting: The Short Film; Fundamentals of Publishing. Year 2 core modules: Writing Short Fiction; Romantic Conflicts; Victorian Literature and Culture; Writing for the Stage; Ruskin Module. Year 2 optional modules: Reading Beyond Britain; Writing World War One: Trauma, Memory, Resistance; Science Fiction; Contemporary Issues in Stylistics; The European Novel: Desire and Transgression; Modernism and the City; History of English; Dialogue and Debate: Renaissance Literature; Careers in Writing: Editing and Copywriting; Writing Creative Non-Fiction; Anglia Language Programme. Year 3: Work placement. Year 4 core modules: Writing Poetry; Contemporary Fiction. Year 4 optional modules: Major Project Writing; Major Project English Literature; Elizabeth Gaskell and the Brontës; Renaissance Magic; Spectacle and Representation in Renaissance Drama; Careers with English; Romantic Ideals; New Media Discourse; Literature and Exile: Displacement, Identity, Self; Film Journalism; Theorising Children's Literature; Anglia Language Programme; Worldbuilding 1 and 2; Publishing in Practice; The Business of Being a Writer: Craft and Professional Practice; Novel Writing: Long-Form Prose. Modules are subject to change and availability.
You’ll show your progress through many methods, reflecting the varied nature of your course. These will include writing portfolios, critical commentaries, presentations, journals and log books, critical essays, film reviews and analyses, internet, print and video production, and commissions. You’ll also take part in 'crits', in which you’ll present and defend your work.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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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
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£9250||Year 1|