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Creative Writing MA

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The MA in Creative Writing offers the opportunity to develop your skills in creative writing within the context of a School of English with a long and distinguished history in creative writing. The course appeals both to those who wish to deepen and broaden their creative writing practice, and to those who are working towards a single publishable piece of work.

With expert guidance from teaching staff who are actively engaged in producing and publishing creative writing, you will engage with a wide variety of literary genres, including poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. You will also have the chance to develop your literary and critical skills more broadly.

Throughout the course, you will be able to explore areas of personal interest and participate in workshops to hone your skills in diverse forms of writing.

You will also produce an independent research project, which can be dedicated to a single creative idea, or which might comprise a portfolio of your creative writing, according to your interests.

Learning and teaching

You’ll have weekly seminars or workshops in each module where you discuss the themes and issues arising from your reading and writing. You’ll have the opportunity to share your writing and receive feedback on work-in-progress. You’ll be able to enhance your learning by attending the wide range of seminars and talks by visiting speakers and creative writers that we arrange throughout the year.

However, independent study is a vital part of the degree, as it allows you to build your skills and explore your own ideas as an academic researcher and a creative writer.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.

Assessment for this programme includes both creative and critical reflection on your creative practice. Modules are assessed either by a combination of these equivalent to 4,000 words, or by a single essay of around 4,000 words. While formal assessment tends to take place at the end of the module, during term you may also be expected to submit work in progress in order to gain feedback, or give presentations in your seminars.

Career opportunities

This course will equip you with advanced transferable skills which are valuable in a wide range of careers.

You’ll be a confident researcher who can work independently as well as within a team. You’ll be a strong communicator, both verbally and in writing, and be able to think critically and analytically. In addition, you’ll have a strong level of cultural and critical awareness, and you’ll be able to look at a situation from different points of view.

All of these qualities are attractive to employers across sectors, and you’ll be well equipped to pursue a career in a wide range of fields depending on your interests. These could include teaching, journalism, publishing, advertising, broadcasting and law. Many of our graduates also progress to PhD-level study and you’ll be in a good position to develop a career in academia. Students from our programmes have gone on to have successful careers as literary agents, journalists and researchers, as well as to become published novelists and award-winning poets.

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A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in English literature or Creative Writing, or a degree scheme that includes a significant proportion of English Literature or Creative Writing content, or a related subject. You will also submit a Creative Writing sample comprising approximately 1,000 words of prose or 3 pages of poetry (or a portfolio combining both genres). This gives us a chance to get to know some of the writing you have produced so far to help us determine suitability for this course. Applications from those with degrees in other subjects may be considered on an individual basis, along with the sample you will submit. We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. Contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office for more information.

Our Masters degrees allow you to pursue your interests in greater depth and gain advanced transferable skills. With courses spanning many different specialisms, our School is the ideal place to take your studies further. Our courses combine inspiring teaching with independent research, giving you both a solid knowledge base and the freedom to explore what fascinates you most. You can further tailor your learning by choosing from a wide range... more

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Ba english literature with creative writing, total credits: 360, entry requirements:.

- AAA at A Level including grade A in English (English Literature, English Language, or English Language & Literature) excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking - International Baccalaureate: 35 points overall with 16 at Higher Level including 6 in English at Higher Level. - Applications welcome from mature students with Access qualifications and from students with international or other non-A-level qualifications. - IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component.

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English Studies: https://www.qaa.ac.uk/docs/qaa/subject-benchmark-statements/subject-benchmark-statement-english.pdf Creative Writing: https://www.qaa.ac.uk/docs/qaa/subject-benchmark-statements/subject-benchmark-statement-creative-writing.pdf?sfvrsn=2fe2cb81_4

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The information on this page is accurate for students entering the programme in 2022/2023 or before. For students entering the programme from September 2023 or after, you can find the details of your programme: BA English Literature with Creative Writing (For students entering from September 2023 onwards) Course Overview The University of Leeds has an impressive and longstanding reputation in supporting Creative Writing. Throughout this course, you’ll explore richly diverse literary texts across different genres, including fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction, and will see these in the context of a variety of historical periods, places and cultures. You’ll consider how and why these texts are produced, read, and understood and analyse the impact of their creativity and power. You’ll develop your skills as a critical reader, a clear thinker, and a creative writer.  Our modules explore themes relevant to how we live today, including race and ethnicity, gender, climate change and nature, social class, disability and wellbeing.  The School of English supports a vibrant community of researchers and creative practitioners. It is home to the Leeds Poetry Centre, and we regularly host readings and talks by well-known and emerging contemporary writers.  The School also produces a literary magazine, Stand, and publishes the best in new creative writing. Course Details This degree programme is designed to allow you to follow a balanced path in which your core literature and creative writing modules progress in tandem and in dialogue with each other. You will take core creative writing modules composed exclusively from the programme’s cohort of students. At the same time, you will enrol in our English Literature core modules. Intellectual and creative currents flowing between Creative Writing and English Literature core modules are further complemented by optional modules in English Language, English Literature, and Theatre Studies, as well as Discovery modules in Creative Writing offered in the Lifelong Learning Centre (LLC). In addition to your creating writing modules at Level 1, you will take Reading Between the Lines and Writing Matters, introducing you to university-level study, equipping you to read critically and write with rigour and persuasion. You are also presented with a choice of optional modules focusing on Race, Writing and Decolonisation, poetry, fiction and drama. This allows you to meet undergraduates from our other degree programmes, discussing with them materials from a critical and literary tradition which will foster greater awareness of contexts in which your own creative work sits. In addition to your creative writing core at Level 2, you will take two English Literature core modules, Writing Environments and Body Language. These modules explore two urgent contemporary challenges, the climate crisis and personal wellbeing, and will examine how these issues can be understood and expressed through literary texts. You will also select two further modules from a choice of several options, ranging historically and geographically from Medieval to Contemporary, and from Postcolonial to American. Level 2 will deepen and enrich subject knowledge and intellectual skills, preparing you for more independent learning at Level 3, where you can select from a range of specialist research modules. A final year Creative Writing Project further enhances active research skills, enabling you to define, plan and produce work on a literary subject of your choosing. After your second year of study, you may apply for transfer to an International Degree at one of a wide range of universities with which the University of Leeds has established links. You may also spend a year in industry on a work placement as an optional third year of your degree programme.

Basket 1: Candidates will be required to choose 1 module from the following optional modules: 

Basket 2: Candidates will be required to study 2 modules from the following optional modules. Alternatively, they may take up to 40 credits of Discovery modules in place of one or two of the option modules.

Basket 3 (choices from this basket must not cause asymmetry in your credit loading between semesters):

L2 students may take 20 credits of discovery modules in place of one of the Basket modules.

Students may choose 40-80 credits of optional modules from the following list in accordance with the credit rules stated below. Credit rules: - No more than 70 credits in one semester - A total of 120 credits over the year - A maximum of 40 credits may be taken outside the School of English as Discovery modules across Level 2 and Level 3. The 40-credit Final Year Project module runs over both semesters 1 and 2 and is counted as 20 credits in semester 1 and 20 credits in semester 2.

This list is subject to change and is not exhaustive.

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This Masters course focuses on colour and its application to design and manufacturing. Colour is an inherently multi-disciplinary topic and this unique course gives you the opportunity to understand colour from three related perspectives and develop deep specialist knowledge in one of them.

Whatever your background you will gain the skills and knowledge that you need to develop, implement and evaluate innovative solutions that focus on colour in real-life scenarios. You’ll gain first-hand experience of current needs and trends across a range of sectors, and at the end of the programme you’ll submit a substantial research project that demonstrates the knowledge and skills that you’ve gained in your chosen specialism. Taught by diverse staff with internationally recognised research profiles, you’ll build an interdisciplinary approach to colour in a stimulating environment while being exposed to and involved in cutting-edge research. You’ll gain practical and research skills to prepare you for a wide range of careers.

We have a suite of well-equipped laboratories. You will have the opportunity to use the latest colour measurement and communication tools and understand how these are used in modern manufacturing and supply chains. You will be able to use a lighting laboratory to explore the effect of colour on human wellbeing and performance. You will have access to laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment for making and using colorants for a wide range of materials including textiles and printing. You will benefit from membership of the Leeds Institute of Textiles and Colour and our deep relationships with UK and global companies.

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The MFA Creative Writing at Leeds enables you to refine and develop your distinctive creativity toward a focused project that leads to a full-length manuscript worthy of submission to publishers. Our award-winning and internationally recognised writers and poets are uniquely positioned to support you through monthly one-to-one supervisions in writing prose fiction (including the novel, the short story collection and genre writing), poetry (including visual poetry and poetry in performance), creative nonfiction (including memoir and autofiction) or playwrighting.

We have strong industry links as an institution and as individual writers and poets. Our tutors’ books are published by presses including Bloomsbury, Cape, Carcanet, Faber, Linen Press, Melville House, Sceptre, Verve, and zimZalla. Their work appears in innovative international literary magazines and festivals and is represented by leading agents. Leeds and Yorkshire are a hub for literary creativity, and this course will enable you to encounter this storied past and dynamic present during a residential week on campus.

Your degree cohort will comprise practicing writers keen to take their writing further, just like you. A residential week at the start of the year will bring staff and students together for workshops and masterclasses on craft, process, and context, as well as public readings and Q&As. Throughout the year, there will be periodic workshops/masterclasses held online. In the residential week and the online sessions, you will hear from our team of tutors as well as other writers, poets and literary professionals affiliated with Leeds. Your supportive and rigorous online one-to-one supervisions will occur on a monthly basis. The degree will culminate with the final project marked by written assessment and viva voce.

The University partners with Ilkley and Leeds Literature Festivals and works extensively with publishers including Peepal Tree Press and Carcanet, and creative industry partners such as Opera North and the Henry Moore Institute. Our Professor of Poetry Simon Armitage is establishing the National Poetry Centre at the heart of our campus, complementing our own extensive literary manuscript holdings in the world-renowned Brotherton Library and our University of Leeds Poetry Centre.

Among our current staff is the Poet Laureate Simon Armitage. Other staff in the creative writing team include Kimberly Campanello, Matt Howard, SK Perry, Ross Raisin, Jess Richards, Caitlin Stobie and Jay Prosser. Our practices and passions run across creative and critical writing. They include: visual and experimental poetry; the long poem; eco poetics; the contemporary novel and contemporary lyric poem; literature and medicine; disability studies; autofiction; and transgender memoir.

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Undertaking a PhD allows you to develop in-depth knowledge and make a meaningful contribution to your chosen field.

With expert guidance from two co-supervisors, you'll carry out an extensive independent research project on a topic of your choice and produce a thesis of up to 100,000 words.

This degree presents the opportunity to gain expertise in your area of interest while also honing a range of transferable skills. On graduating, you'll be very well prepared for specialist career paths both within academia and beyond.

When you first join us, you'll complete a series of induction activities that will prepare you for your upcoming research. You'll have access to additional training and resources  on academic skills during your degree.

Once you begin your studies, you'll work closely with your supervisors to outline the content and structure of your project, as well as the process and schedule you'll follow. This helps to ensure that your research will be a significant, original contribution to your field that you can realistically complete within the timescale.

Your supervisors will continue to provide support and guidance throughout your time with us, giving feedback and helping to shape your project as your research progresses.

For your first 12 months (18 months part time) you'll be a provisional PhD student. At the end of this period you'll submit work for assessment, and receive feedback on your progress. This process is called your transfer; after you complete this you'll be enrolled as a full PhD student.

Your research will be assessed on the strength of your thesis and an oral examination called a viva voce, enabling you to present your findings in both written and spoken form. You'll submit your thesis for assessment before attending your viva.

In your viva, you'll be asked about your thesis and wider research by a panel of expert examiners. This helps to make sure that your work is original, comprehensive, and clearly situated within your field of study.

Usually, your viva examiners will suggest some minor or major changes that you'll need to make before they'll award your degree. They may also ask you to resubmit it after those changes have been made. This is a great opportunity to refine your thesis based on feedback from experts in your field.

If you study full time, you'll usually complete your PhD in three years. You can fit your studies around other commitments by studying part time, in which case your PhD will take five years to complete.

Whether you study full time or part time, you'll have the option to spend an additional year writing up, depending on how your research is progressing.

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Our research community is diverse and innovative, with expertise in a wide range of specialisms.  Explore our research and view our staff members to find out how we can cater for your interests.

We encourage interdisciplinary research, and work closely with other subject areas across the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures . We can also arrange joint supervision by researchers in two different subject areas, to ensure you receive all the guidance you need.

Practice-led research

Our School is home to many active creative practitioners, making it the ideal place to study for a practice-led PhD. We offer expert supervision in both creative writing and performance-based theatre studies.

You'll be assessed on a thesis of between 15,000 and 50,000 words, a viva voce, and a body of creative work such as a collection of poems or a programme of immersive performances.

You'll investigate your central research questions through the development of your creative practice, using your thesis to provide critical commentary and context to your findings.

To learn more contact our research degrees team or a staff member in your area of interest .

PhD by online learning

The School of English also offers a PhD by online learning programme which is available to UK, EU and International applicants. PhD by online learning allows you to study at a time and place that suits you and with a part time option available, you'll have the flexibility to gain an advanced degree alongside work and other commitments.

The programme is aimed at suitably qualified Postgraduate Researcher candidates who need to study for most of their registration period at another site. There are a number of reasons why you may wish to base yourself away from the University of Leeds whilst undertaking your PhD which include the following:

Your research project requires substantial access to resources and facilities located at a different site

You have employment commitments relevant to your project that prevents you from being based in Leeds

Your PhD has been arranged as part of a specific partnership/sponsorship arrangement

For further information, please contact  Dr Pammi Sinha ,  Head of the Graduate School. 

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To study for a PhD with us you'll need a Masters degree in English literature or a related subject.

If English isn't your first language you'll also need an English language qualification ; in the IELTS, for example, we ask for 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in each component.

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You'll also need a very well-defined plan for your research project, as you'll submit a detailed research proposal with your application.

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I began pursuing my MA and, subsequently, my PhD at Leeds so that I could further develop my own academic skills and, in so doing, learn how to better educate others. I had never been to Leeds and knew nothing about the city or the University apart from the fact that it had an excellent reputation in English literature and the staff seemed incredible. Thankfully, that has only been proven more and more true the longer I have been here.

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Each subject discipline has certain writing conventions, vocabulary and types of discourse that you will become familiar with over the course of your degree. However, there are some general characteristics of academic writing that are relevant across all disciplines.

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English Literature with Creative Writing BA

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Develop your creativity and sharpen your critical abilities with this course that will equip you with valuable skills as both a reader and a writer. You’ll produce creative work across various genres, such as fiction, poetry, life writing, and travel accounts. 

You'll also learn how writers of the past and the present have used words and literary forms to express their ideas and engage with their times’ social and cultural issues. 

You’ll encounter historical and modern texts in English from around the globe, which explore themes relevant to how we live today, including race and ethnicity, gender, climate change and nature, social class, disability and wellbeing. 

Learn how to shape language to convey your ideas and experience, work in groups, discuss your writing with other students, and build an individual portfolio of work that will set you on track for a creative or cultural industries career.

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Our expertise

The School of English has a long and prestigious history in creative writing. Creative Writing at Leeds has a great history of alumni and former staff, including Wole Soyinka, Geoffrey Hill, JRR Tolkien, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Hannah Copley, Luiza Sauma, literary agent Caroline Hardman, and our recent Douglas Caster Poetry Fellows Helen Mort, Anthony Vahni Capildeo and Malika Booker.

Our current staff includes UK Poet Laureate Simon Armitage, JR Carpenter, Kimberly Campanello, Zaffar Kunial, Sarah K. Perry, Jay Prosser, Jess Richards, Ross Raisin, Caitlin Stobie and John Whale. Our practices and passions run across creative and critical writing. They include: visual and experimental poetry; eco poetics; the contemporary novel and contemporary lyric poem; literature and medicine; disability studies; autofiction; and transgender memoir.

We are home to the University of Leeds Poetry Centre , which brings together the University’s strength and heritage in creative writing. It hosts regular poetry readings by visiting international poets and supports a poetry reading group.

We regularly host readings and talks by well-known and emerging contemporary writers and you’ll have access to a vibrant community of researchers and creative practitioners. The highly respected literary magazine, Stand , is produced in the School, and publishes the best in new and established creative writing.

Our creative writing community benefits from partnerships with llkley Literature Festival , Leeds Playhouse and Leeds Grand Theatre. We also support a thriving range of events and workshops with visiting writers. 

Brotherton Library Reading Room

Specialist facilities

The world-class Brotherton Library has an array of archive, manuscript and early printed material in its Special Collections, including extensive archives of original materials from writers old and new, from the Brontë family to Tony Harrison. 

You’ll also have opportunities to learn traditional printing and typesetting techniques using our period printing presses and learn more about print and publishing history.

Take a look around our libraries:

Brotherton Library Laidlaw Library Edward Boyle Library

Course details

At Level 1, you will take Reading Between the Lines and Writing Matters, introducing you to university-level study, equipping you to read critically and write with rigour and persuasion. You will also take Writing Creatively to introduce you to the techniques of creative practice, and will be presented with a choice of optional modules focusing on poetry, fiction, drama, theatre and further creative approaches. At Level 2, in addition to Developing Creative Writing, you will take two English Literature core modules, Writing Environments and Body Language. These modules explore two urgent contemporary challenges, the climate crisis and personal wellbeing, and will examine how these issues can be understood and expressed through literary texts. You will also select two modules from a choice of several options, ranging historically and geographically from Medieval to Contemporary, and from Postcolonial to American.

Level 2 will deepen and enrich subject knowledge and intellectual skills, preparing you for more independent learning at Level 3, where you can select from a range of specialist research modules.

At Level 3, you will take two core Creative Writing modules. The final year Creative Writing Project enhances active research skills, enabling you to define, plan and produce work on a literary subject of your choosing. The module Page, Publication and Audience allows you to develop an understanding of the relationship between creative writing practices and the creative industries, exploring methods of reaching your audience.

After your second year of study, you may apply for transfer to an International Degree at one of a wide range of universities with which the University of Leeds has established links. You may also spend a year in industry on a work placement as an optional third year of your degree programme

The course information shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions .

Most courses consist of compulsory and optional modules. There may be some optional modules omitted below. This is because they are currently being refreshed to make sure students have the best possible experience. Before you enter each year, full details of all modules for that year will be provided.

For more information please read BA English Literature with Creative Writing in the course catalogue .

Year 1 compulsory modules

Writing Creatively (20 credits) - In this module you will develop your creative writing skills by focusing on a range of elements of the writer’s craft. You will learn to read texts like a writer and, through examining a range of exemplary published texts, you will study elements of the writer’s craft which may include voice, metaphor and characterisation. You will develop your critical skills through workshopping your written pieces with your peers and your tutor. Within the supportive environment of the writing workshop, you will learn to give and receive constructive criticism and, guided by this feedback, you will hone your redrafting and editing skills. By the end of the module, you will begin to see how your work fits within contemporary writing practice.

Writing Matters (20 credits) - Writing and communication skills are vital to most professional careers, but they are especially valuable in the field of English studies. This module explores debates around a canonical literary text, examining theoretical approaches and rhetorical strategies used to write about literature. Students will hone their own writing skills by engaging ethically with the text and the ideas of others, developing structured arguments, expressing ideas clearly and concisely, working with feedback, and practising writing as a process. As a result, students will cultivate a deeper understanding of how writing works, learn how to share insights with greater efficacy and sophistication, and practice how to transfer this knowledge to future workplace contexts.

Reading Between the Lines (20 credits) - This module equips students with a critical vocabulary for sophisticated literary study, introducing the creative, argumentative and exciting discipline of ‘English Studies’. Through close analysis of specific texts across a range of periods and forms, students will encounter some of the varied theories that have shaped and continue to underpin the discipline. Students will find out how an English degree might change the way we read and see the world, while developing their academic skills through guided critical reading, collaboration with peers in group presentations and seminar discussions, and a variety of assignments designed to introduce them to the different formats of assessment required throughout the degree.

Year 1 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

Drama: Text and Performance (20 credits) Modern Fictions in English: Conflict, Liminality, Translation (20 credits) Poetry: Reading and Interpretation (20 credits) Race, Writing and Decolonization (20 credits) Creative Writing Workshop (20 credits) Writing Science-fiction, Fantasy & Horror (20 credits)

Year 2 compulsory modules

Developing Creative Writing (40 credits) - This module continues to provide you with the regular points of tutorial and teaching support, the learning community, and the ongoing guidance that will help you develop further the new creative writing projects that you produce in an academic environment. Regular small groups with published writers again allow you space and a professional atmosphere in which to consider your own practice of creative writing.

Writing Environments: Literature, Nature, Culture (20 credits) - This module examines what it means to live as human beings on a more-than-human planet. We’ll investigate how literary texts from different times and places have understood the relationship between nature and culture. We’ll address human impacts on the environment in relation to historical phenomena such as colonialism. And we’ll explore the insights that literature can offer at a time of concern about climate change and other environmental issues.

Body Language: Literature and Embodiment (20 credits) - This module explores the relationship between embodiment, language and representation across a range of literary forms, genres, and periods, addressing questions such as: what does it mean to be ‘human’? Can technology change who we are? How do we navigate the relationship between the body and the mind? It examines how critical theorists and creative writers and life writers have treated and imagined this relationship between material bodies and literary representation, in order to better understand both the possibilities and limitations of literary expression.

Year 2 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

Style and Authorship (20 credits) Contemporary Literature (20 credits) Renaissance Literature (20 credits) Medieval and Tudor Literature (20 credits) Modern Literature (20 credits) Postcolonial Literature (20 credits) The World Before Us: Literature 1660-1830 (20 credits) Other Voices: Rethinking Nineteenth-Century Literature (20 credits) Script Writing (20 credits) Travel and Journalistic Writing (20 credits) Power of Language (20 credits) Theatre, Society and Self (20 credits) Writing for Children and Young Adults (20 credits)

Year 3 compulsory modules

Creative Writing Project (40 credits) - This module encourages independent, self-directed learning, providing a culmination to the research strand emphasised in other modules. It fosters a wide variety of responses to the challenges it offers students, since any final year project might take one of a number of forms. Most importantly, it promotes academic creativity and the exploration of individual intellectual interests.

Page, Publication and Audience (20 credits) - This module focuses on publishing and presentation to the public through the production and launch of our literary journal Tenter Hook. You will develop an understanding of the relationship between creative writing practices and the creative industries, exploring methods of reaching your audience. You also consider your own creative writing practice in the context of industry processes and professionalisation.

Learning and teaching

We use various teaching and learning methods to help you benefit from our tutors' expertise. Group seminars and workshops are at the heart of this degree.

You'll also encounter:

  • Guest masterclasses
  • One-to-one tutorials and supervisions
  • Online learning through Minerva, our Virtual Learning Environment. 

Independent study is a vital element of this course since it enables you to develop your research and critical skills and form your ideas. Our expert academics will teach you on this course, from lecturers to professors. You’ll have access to the unique and internationally important holdings of the Brotherton Library’s Special Collections, to take inspiration from and see first-hand how some of the top writers of this and previous ages went about crafting their writing.

You may also experience teaching led by published writers or professionals from the cultural industries, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus. 

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.

In your Creative Writing modules, you’ll produce a creative portfolio in various genres, such as life writing, fiction, poetry, short fiction, and travel accounts. 

Some modules will also include wikis, podcasts, research exercises or oral presentations.

Your final year project comprises a long independent creative piece and a critical reflection. English modules are assessed using various methods, including exams, essays and shorter written assignments. 

Entry requirements

A-level: AAA including English (Language, Literature or Language and Literature).

Where an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be AAB at A Level including A in English and grade A in the EPQ.

Alternative qualification

Access to he diploma.

Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. The Access course must follow a Humanities pathway and/or include English modules. An interview and a piece of written work may be required.

We will consider the level 3 QCF BTEC at Subsidiary Diploma level and above in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

Cambridge Pre-U

D3, D3, M2 including D3 in English.

International Baccalaureate

35 points overall with 17 at Higher Level including 6 in English at Higher Level.

Irish Leaving Certificate (higher Level)

Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate): H2, H2, H2, H2, H2, H2 including H2 in English.

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

AA in Advanced Highers including English and AABBB in Highers or A in Advanced Highers English and AAABB in Highers.

Welsh Baccalaureate

The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.

Other Qualifications

European Baccalaureate: 85% with 8.5 in English.

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is a contextual admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and contextual admissions .

Typical Access to Leeds offer: ABB including an A in English (Language, Literature or Language and Literature) at A Level and pass Access to Leeds.

Arts and Humanities with Foundation Year

This course is designed for students whose backgrounds mean they are less likely to attend university (also known as widening participation backgrounds) and who do not currently meet admissions criteria for direct entry to a degree.

The course will give you the opportunity to be taught by academic staff and provides intensive support to enable your development of academic skills and knowledge. On successful completion of your foundation year, you will progress to your chosen degree course. Find out more about the Arts and Humanities with Foundation Year

International

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of English admissions team .

International Foundation Year

International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications .

Improve your English If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course , to help improve your English language level.

UK: To be confirmed

International: To be confirmed

Tuition fees for UK undergraduate students starting in 2024/25 Tuition fees for UK full-time undergraduate students are set by the UK Government and will be £9,250 for students starting in 2024/25.

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation only, as a consequence of future changes in Government legislation and as permitted by law.

Tuition fees for UK undergraduate students starting in 2025/26 Tuition fees for UK full-time undergraduate students starting in 2025/26 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. When the fee is available we will update individual course pages.

Tuition fees for international undergraduate students starting in 2024/25 and 2025/26 Tuition fees for international students for 2024/25 are available on individual course pages. Fees for students starting in 2025/26 will be available from September 2024.

Tuition fees for a study abroad or work placement year If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans .

Read more about paying fees and charges .

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more on our living costs and budgeting page .

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our  Undergraduate funding overview .

Apply to this course through UCAS. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website .

Read our guidance about applying.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students . We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

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Career opportunities

A degree in English with Creative Writing equips you with a range of valuable skills and attributes. Your skills and experience as a flexible and imaginative writer will open up a range of pathways within the creative industries. 

Our graduates have gone on to find success in areas such as the creative industries, marketing, education, journalism, law, publishing, media, business charity work, civil service, management consultancy and leadership. 

Many have also progressed to postgraduate study. 

On this course, you’ll develop your abilities as an excellent communicator who can present well-reasoned arguments and conclusions. 

Learning in groups with others and reading about human problems and social situations will develop your interpersonal skills and understanding of ethical and cultural complexities. 

You’ll have strong creative and verbal skills, and be able to conduct research, interpret complex information, think critically and express yourself clearly. Employers are always looking out for people with these critical skills.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website .

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more about Careers support .

Study abroad and work placements

Study abroad.

On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. We have over 300 University partners worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

Find out more at the Study Abroad website .

Work placements

Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

Find out more about work experience on the Careers website .

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Undergraduate BA (Hons)

Creative Writing

Designed by writers for writers, this course will enable you to develop your portfolio of writing. You’ll be supported by award-winning poets, screen writers and novelists.

Course Overview

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Whether you want to write poetry, short stories, novels, scripts, fiction or non-fiction, you’ll learn techniques to develop an idea into a final draft. Our guidance will ensure that you write to the best of your ability and find the right audience for your work.  

As part of this course, you’ll:

  • Develop your imagination
  • Create your own portfolio of writing
  • Learn the techniques to edit and refine your work
  • Identify markets for your writing and produce submission ready pieces
  • Perform and/or present your own writing
  • Collaborate with other writers
  • Deliver writing workshops
  • Understand how you can use your skills to build a successful career   

Become an expert storyteller

All over the world, people are telling each other stories in books, marketing, advertising, film, TV, publishing, journalism and other forms of broadcast and social media. This course will help you find the stories you want to tell, and the medium in which you want to tell them. 

Develop your portfolio

You’ll have plenty of time to develop your portfolio of script, poetry, prose, or a combination of all three.  As a student on this course, you’ll be part of a safe, inclusive community for writers to create, experiment, and share their work.

A third of this course comprises the professional portfolio strand, which will give you the opportunity to develop your professional skills through a series of industry-aware challenges. An example of this might be to create your own blog, or pitch your work to a panel of professional writers. 

Study in a creative city

Leeds is home to a vibrant writing community with Leeds Playhouse , one of the largest producing theatres in the North. The Holbeck and Channel 4 both have national headquarters here. You’ll study at Broadcasting Place, in the heart of the city’s programme of cultural and literary events, including Leeds Lit Fest and Leeds International Film Festival .

Why study creative writing at Leeds Beckett University...

  • L earn from experts - teaching delivered by award-winning, published writers
  • Career-focused -  you'll develop employability skills throughout your course. Your professional portfolio modules will be embedded across each year of your degree and will enable you to develop industry-aware writing skills
  • Set your own writing goals – support to develop the projects you want to work on.
  • C ollaborative learning – receive feedback from a community of writers
  • Study in a creative city - situated in the heart of Leeds city centre, with opportunities to collaborate with its thriving cultural scene  

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Everything you need to know

Discover all there is to know about the course, from entry requirements and fees to exploring the school you’ll be joining - we’ve got it covered.

Entry requirements

points required

If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff .

We have welcomed students from over 140 countries to study at Leeds Beckett University. If you are interested in studying with us you can find all the information you need about entry requirements and how to apply on our country specific pages.

UCAS Tariff Points: 104 points required.

(Minimum 64 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).

Access to HE Diploma

Scottish awards, irish leaving certificate, international baccalaureate.

IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.

Selection Criteria

We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

Our commitment to help every student succeed

Our contextual admissions criteria are:.

  • Home postcode is in an area where few people go to University (POLAR4 quintile 1 or 2 area. This can be checked on the Office for Students website).
  • Declared disability on the UCAS application form (or direct application for part time applicants).
  • Over the age of 21 on the 1st of September before the course starts.
  • Declared as a care experienced on the UCAS application form (or direct application for part time applicants).

Mature Applicants

Additional entry requirements:, teaching & learning.

Independent study is a crucial part of learning at university and you will be required to undertake many hours of self-directed research and reading, and preparation and writing of assessments. Your course is delivered through a number of modules, which will help you to plan your time and establish a study routine. Outside of your lectures, workshops and tutorials, a range of support is available to assist with your independent study. Our subject-specific librarians will be on hand to direct you to the specialist learning and study-skill resources. You’ll also be assigned an academic advisor to give you tailored feedback and support.

Our silver status in the latest Teaching Excellence Framework, reflects our commitment to deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for our students.

What you'll learn

Fees & funding hellooo.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2024/25 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

International 2024

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2024/25 is £16000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.

Fees & Funding

For students entering in 2024

Additional course costs

Tuition fees.

Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.

The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC,laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Optional Costs

  • Travel, accommodation and subsistence for optional educational visits. The nature and cost of these visits will vary from year to year
  • Additional travel costs may be incurred in relation live brief or work related projects

Other study-related expenses to consider:  materials that you will need to complete your course such as books (whilst the library provides access to readings recommended for your modules, you may wish to purchase your own copies of some books); you can also make suggestions for books to be added to Library stock; placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery (you may need to pay for multiple copies of your dissertation or final project to be printed and bound); events associated with your course such as field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations). Other costs could include academic conferences (travel costs) and professional-body membership (where applicable). The costs you will need to cover for graduation will include gown hire and guest tickets, and optional extras such as professional photography.

As well as your mobile phone, you will also need access to a desktop computer and/or laptop to complete assignments and access university online services such as MyBeckett, your virtual learning environment. You can book and borrow AV equipment through the media equipment service accessed online via the student hub and located in the library at each campus. Equipment includes: 360 Cameras, iPads, GoPros, MacBooks, portable data projectors, portable projection screens, flipchart stands, remote presenters, digital cameras and camcorders, SLR cameras, speakers, microphones, headphones, headsets, tripods, digital audio recorders and PC/laptops (a laptop loans service is provided on campus in the library on both campuses). Student laptops are also available from the laptop lockers located in the libraries.

This list is not exhaustive, costs are approximate and will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental, travel or living costs are also in addition to your course fees. If you choose to study via distance learning, you may not be able to access all of the facilities listed if you are not able to visit us on campus.

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Voted one of the best tall buildings in the world (CTBUH, 2010), Broadcasting Place is packed with the latest technology and will provide you with a creative and contemporary learning environment.

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Leslie Silver is home to three lecture theatres and eight high-spec computer training rooms. It's also where you'll find our Sheila Silver Library, providing students and staff an effective and inspiring learning environment, as well as a range of support and resources to support your studies.

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Our Woodhouse Gym is located directly above The Hive within the Students' Union. The gym offers a range of cardio equipment, free weights, machines and squat racks.

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There’s a lot to consider when choosing a course. Take a look at the team you’ll be working with, employability statistics and career prospects to help make up your mind.

Our Creative Writing BA helps you not only learn how to write, but how to survive and thrive as a writer. The 4 Cs – identified as the key employability skills of the future - creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking – are the cornerstones on which this degree is built.

Dr Alison Taft

Alison Taft is a crime writer and the author of The Disappeared and The Runaway which are published under her pen name Ali Harper. She is Course Director for Creative Writing with a particular interest in the domestic thriller.

Career Prospects

The ability to communicate effectively in English is highly sought after by employers and our graduates go on to a wide range of careers. The following are just some of the sectors and job roles that will be available to you as a creative writing graduate: 

  • Arts and culture: arts administrator, creative director, communication director
  • Film and TV: scriptwriter, script editor, continuity supervisor
  • Gaming and digital industries: content creator, digital story-creator
  • Journalism: journalist, features editor, digital copywriter 
  • Marketing and advertising:  social media content creator, copy editor, public relations officer  
  • Publishing: story editor, copy editor, commissioning editor
  • Teaching: within schools, Further Education, Higher Education and adult education
  • Writing: novelist, writing for stage and radio

You could go onto further study. For example our MA English Literature , PGCE Primary Education (3-7)  or PGCE Secondary Education (11-16) - English , GDL (Graduate Diploma in Law)  or develop your own creative enterprise.

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We are committed to ensuring that an education at Leeds Beckett University is open to all. If you're thinking of joining us for undergraduate study, you may be eligible for a non-repayable scholarship or bursary to help with the cost of university. To find out if you are be eligible visit our scholarships and bursaries page . We also offer a range of non-repayable scholarships for international students. To find out if you may be eligible visit our scholarships for international students page  and select your home country from the drop-down list.

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We have a dedicated team of people who will support you with all aspects of your career planning, from day one until 18 months after you graduate.

Getting you career ready is an integral part of your university life and this is embedded throughout your lectures and seminars. Outside of your course there is a wide range of support available to help you achieve your career goals, including:

  • Getting ready to apply for jobs
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‘It’s such a joyous experience’ … Margaret Bending.

A new start after 60: I’ve been a rocket scientist and a teacher – but I love being an actor

Margaret Bending adored her teenage brush with drama. More than half a century later, she began performing for paying audiences

A t 67, Margaret Bending performed her first professional show. Taking to the stage at the 180-capacity stage@leeds venue in February 2020, Bending launched into a dance and theatre piece accompanied by an ensemble all aged over 60. “I was terrified but as soon as we got going, I realised that this is what I had been looking for,” she says. “Moving my body and being surrounded by all these wonderful performers, I felt completely liberated.”

The one-off show, entitled Crossing, was the culmination of a six-month collaboration between Bending and Leeds-based The Performance Ensemble , who produce shows with more than 30 dancers, actors and singers whose ages range from 60 to 90. “From the first time I stepped into their rehearsal space in summer 2019, I was hooked,” Bending says. “It’s so different from what I had spent my life doing.”

Growing up in 1960s Lincolnshire, Bending’s first love was space exploration. Vowing to make it into space after witnessing Yuri Gagarin’s Vostok 1 flight as a seven-year-old in 1961, Bending went on to do a PhD at Leicester University and began working at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on rocket launches to detect X-rays in space. By 1990, she’d had her first child and decided to pause her career to home school. Over the next two decades, she home schooled her other three children until, in 2015, her youngest son departed for university and she found herself with an empty nest at her North Yorkshire home.

“I had been applying for every opportunity to go into space while teaching but hadn’t got anywhere,” she says. “It felt as if I was done with working and parenting so it was now time for a new chapter to begin.” Looking back on her childhood hobbies for inspiration during retirement, Bending landed on one memory. “When I was 14 or 15, I played the part of Anitra in a school production of Peer Gynt and I loved it,” she says. “I remember the joy of dancing the choreography.”

Inspired by that teenage encounter, Bending began researching local performance courses and landed on Leeds Playhouse’s Heydays programme. Every Wednesday morning, she would attend half-day workshops on everything from reading plays aloud to dancing salsa and improvisation. “It was a great space to explore different aspects of creativity,” she says. “Although it wasn’t a public performance, I used to get really nervous in the room. A few times, I lingered at the back and then had to leave.”

But she kept returning and, in 2019, one of the Heydays organisers introduced her to The Performance Ensemble’s artistic director Alan Lyddiard. “He said that I should join their week-long workshop and perform some of the skills I’d picked up,” she says. “I wasn’t sure what to expect but on the first day everyone was so friendly and welcoming that my nerves just fell away.”

Now 71, Bending has since become so enamoured of stage work that in 2023 she performed her own one-woman show, The Story of a Rocket Scientist, dramatising her career to an audience of 80 people. She has also more recently become a paid member of The Performance Ensemble, facilitating community outreach programmes to encourage older people to try their hand at taking part in performance.

“The whole experience has been exhilarating, and it’s made me so much more confident,” she says. “People stop seeing you as an individual in your 60s but by getting on stage we can show the world that we still have things to say, experiences to share and a future to work towards.”

Even her husband, Tim, who was initially sceptical of her decision to start performing, has, in the last year, started attending creative writing workshops at Heydays, while Bending has two new shows with the Ensemble slated for the summer, as well as more community collaborations and a new podcast exploring the world of science. “It’s such a joyous, trusting experience to be creative; everyone should give it a go,” she says. “Ageing is often used as an excuse to not try something new, but we need to challenge that. I still don’t feel any different from my 30s – you’re never too old to start!”

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