English Literature with Creative Writing BA(Hons) 2017-18

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About the course

English literature is one of life's great pleasures. It can be exciting and moving at times, stimulating and challenging at others. But above all, it is enjoyable and we all tend to perform at our best when doing things we enjoy.

Your degree in English Literature will also help equip you with a wide range of desirable graduate skills and attributes, enabling you to research an unfamiliar topic from scratch, to evaluate the quality of sources, organise and analyse complex information and decide which details are most important. You'll also be supported to develop skills for communicating ideas and arguments persuasively to a variety of different audiences.

Alongside skills for working independently the course aims to develop confidence in being part of a team, working collaboratively in seminar discussions and on group projects. You will also explore how to present your ideas through a variety of contemporary digital media as well as in traditional spoken and written forms.

There are numerous different Literature units to choose from each year, so that in addition to ensuring that you have a broad overall knowledge of the subject, you also have the opportunity to tailor your studies to those areas that you find most interesting and enjoyable.

In the National Student Satisfaction Survey 2016, English scored 92% for overall student satisfaction, ranking us the best in Yorkshire.

The study of Creative Writing at Huddersfield is based on a philosophy that is both experimental and practical, enabling you to find your own creative voice and to reach audiences with it. At each level of study you'll find encouragement of your individual vision combined with a strong emphasis upon the craft of the professional writer as you refine your work to produce a polished final draft. Finally, you'll be encouraged to go public through the numerous opportunities afforded by our series of nationally distributed Grist publications and the internationally renowned Huddersfield Literature Festival.

What our examiners say… 
 "Each year I have examined this programme I have praised the team's willingness to experiment and innovate in assessment; but here are some other things which also impressed me: one module used different special rubrics for each essay question, to gloss the question and indicate what would be an effective approach (rather than a generic rubric for the whole set); another module directed students to lesser-known texts by canonical authors, rather than passively allowing them to home in on the hardy perennials. Strategies like these bespeak a living, evolving programme, in which the subject is taught with energy and imagination."
 "There is a broad range of knowledge and skills, but the top students are very good indeed. In Sociolinguistics, I was particularly impressed by how well even the poorest essays expressed their research questions and methodologies."
 Professor Michael Bradshaw

See what current English Literature student Sarah has to say about her course.

Course scholarships available – up to £3000. More details.

UCAS code:

Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017


3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year
4½ - 6 years part-time

Course type:

Full Time inc. placement year / Part Time


Clearing helpline:
03301 232 277

Course content

Year 1

Core module:

Literary Genres

You'll be introduced to literary texts which represent the established genres that form the foundation of Western literary tradition. You'll have the opportunity to explore how they've been adapted, modified and reformed in later periods and across cultures. You'll also have the chance to explore literary conventions and innovations, along with concepts and terms used in the analysis of literary texts. The assessment for this module consists of a mixture of written coursework and presentational assignments.

Option modules:

Choose four from a list which may include-

Thinking Critically

This module introduces you to a range of potential approaches for the study of literature at university level. You'll have the opportunity to evaluate key ideas and concepts from a range of theoretical approaches, taking a critical perspective to the discipline as a whole. You'll then have the chance to explore how to apply these ideas to literary and other texts. The assessment for this module consists of a mixture of written coursework and presentational assignments.

Integrated Learning Portfolio

This module encourages you to take a holistic view of your programme of study, understanding and using links between modules, developing academic skills and using computer skills to become an effective independent learner. You’ll aim to become reflective in your work and learning, and be critical in decision making and thinking. This will be recorded as part of a portfolio of work.

The ABC of Creative Writing

This module introduces you to the principle craft techniques and methods in producing creative work in specified forms and conventions. You'll be given stimulus material for writing, be encouraged to participate in creative group work and to develop skills in re-writing. The workshops and seminars will include wide reading, discussion of established forms and conventions in the writing of poems and short fiction, and also work with stimulus material. The assessments for this module are entirely coursework assessments.

Writing and Thinking Creatively

This module aims to clarify the principles of good writing and to encourage you to reflect upon and improve you own abilities. It will also cover a variety of related academic skills. Topics covered in the module include: phrasing for clear meaning; building sentences that work; selecting an appropriate tone and register; structuring paragraphs logically; developing your style; organising ideas; planning a first draft; revising and editing; proofreading.

Year 2

Core modules:

Literary Histories

In this module you will develop skills in contextual analysis relating to two different topics in literary studies. You will analyse digital resources, evaluate the arguments of a range of literary critics, and present your own arguments and ideas in a written essay and an oral presentation. The module incorporates a series of skills workshops in addition to the core of lectures and seminars on of two distinct literary topics. You will choose these from a range of options, which relate directly to the research expertise and scholarly publications of individual members of academic staff. The options on offer in 2017-18 are: - Renaissance Chivalry: Playing Knights and Ladies in the Golden Age - Twentieth-Century Fiction - Frontiers & Borders in American Literature - Twentieth- and Twenty First-Century Poetry - The Romantic Period - Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds - Extraordinary Gentlemen

Critical Concepts 1

This module aims to develop your understanding of key theoretical concepts and the productive ways in which these can be used in reading literary and cultural texts. It encourages you to engage with challenging ideas around nation, identity, history and culture.

Writing Beyond the Page

This module pays close attention to issues which influence what writers write and how they write it. It explores a range of techniques for writing for specific contexts and critically evaluates how contemporary writers respond to socio-political and aesthetic issues through irony, satire, parody and allegory. It also considers how literary writers can employ techniques such as performance poetry, the satirical sketch and dramatic monologue to create character, create dramatic tension and energy, free up creativity and overcome writer’s block. You'll be introduced to a number of issue-based literary and dramatic texts and will be given guided opportunities to develop your own form of expression.

Work-Related Project

By taking this module you'll aim to gain valuable work-related experience by completing one or more work shadows (equivalent in total to two weeks’ full time work), and by submitting an industry standard project. You'll also reflect on the value of your studies for your career plans, as well as for the workplace and society in general.

Option modules:

Choose one from a list which may include-

Writing Short Stories

This module explores the key aspects of writing short fiction. It will help you to experiment with form and expression in story writing and to be constructively critical of your work. You'll be introduced to a number of types of short story and encouraged to develop your own story ideas. You'll be encouraged to read widely in the short story form. The module covers such areas as narrative modes, characterisation, innovative ways of building plot organically, dialogue and creative editing skills.

The Art of Poetry

You will develop knowledge, understanding and expertise in the art and craft of poetry by studying a representative range of contemporary, modern and pre-Twentieth century poetry. You will discover how formal, technical and stylistic elements are used in different contexts to enable, effect and complement intention, theme and content. You will apply this knowledge by writing in a variety of forms and deploying a range of techniques, your practice being informed by the exemplars you have studied. You will demonstrate theoretical as well as practical learning by critically commenting on your own and others’ work in the light of your study of poetry, technique and form.

Year 3

Core modules:

Advanced Critical Practice

In this module you will consolidate the skills you have previously developed in critical analysis and use them to develop rigorous independent responses and innovative ideas that engage with the subjects of current debates in two separate fields of literary study. You will choose these from a range of options, which relate directly to the research expertise and scholarly publications of individual members of academic staff. The options on offer in 2017-18 are: - Renaissance Chivalry: Playing Knights and Ladies in the Golden Age - Twentieth-Century Fiction - Frontiers & Borders in American Literature - Twentieth- and Twenty First-Century Poetry - The Romantic Period - Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds - Extraordinary Gentlemen

Creative Writing Project

This module aims to support you in the production of a portfolio of original work in a category to be negotiated with the tutor. The production of a self-reflective commentary on the creative process is integral to the project. You'll be asked to provide a project proposal outlining the content of your project. Regular tutorials will be available to help you manage your time and offer constructive feedback to help with rewriting and drafting of creative work. It is recognised that a single piece of creative work may not be appropriate for all students, so a portfolio may contain a mixture of poetry and prose or other kinds of creative writing.

Option modules:

Choose two from a list which may include-

Critical Concepts 2

This module aims to enhance your understanding of key theoretical concepts, inviting you to choose a particular literary topic and conceptual focus for your own original analysis of works of literature in relation to other fields of intellectual debate such as historiography, philosophy or film studies. It encourages you to challenge and build upon the concepts and methodologies that have underpinned literary criticism in the past by engaging you in interdisciplinary perspectives and advanced debates in contemporary literary theory. The module incorporates a series of concept workshops in addition to a core of lectures and seminars on a distinct literary topic, which you will choose from the range of available options. These options relate to the research expertise and scholarly publications of individual members of academic staff. The options on offer in 2017-18 are: - Renaissance Chivalry: Playing Knights and Ladies in the Golden Age - Twentieth-Century Fiction - Frontiers & Borders in American Literature - Twentieth- and Twenty First-Century Poetry - The Romantic Period - Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds - Extraordinary Gentlemen

Public Humanities

This module aims to develop skills enabling you to communicate the value and importance of literary study to a non-specialist audience. More broadly, you'll be encouraged to think about the real-world applications of a degree in English Literature, and about the role of the humanities in challenging and changing society. The module is based around, and explores numerous strategies for community and public engagement, with an emphasis on considering different ways in which literary study can be taken outside the academy and into society.

Plus choose one from a list which may include-

Experiments in Narrative

This module is intended to explore the boundaries of genre: the hazy area between fiction and non-fiction; innovative practice that brings poetry and fiction together; writing that incorporates text and image; hypertext and new media writing and writing that situates itself in relation to other art forms. Through study of exemplary texts, you'll have the opportunity to explore a variety of experimental narrative possibilities which you could consider applying to your own writing practice. In term one, discussion in workshops of exemplary material will help provide you with ideas for development in term two. You'll be asked to produce a portfolio of work to demonstrate different approaches to innovative writing. A self-reflective commentary on intentions and the creative process will also be requested to accompany the portfolio.

Liberating Poetic Chaos

W.B. Yeats once commented to Ezra Pound that the work of a ‘minor poet’ failed to engage because it ‘lacked chaos’. By this Yeats seems to have meant that the poet, although technically competent, had failed to develop an utterance that was an authentic expression of his inner life and being. Liberating Poetic Chaos aims to enhance your poetic practice by enabling you to encounter this affective dimension of creativity that Yeats alludes to — and to consciously deploy the fruits of that encounter in your own poetic work. Informed by case studies of exemplary texts and poets, you will identify and explore the conjunction of objective and subjective factors in your own life which combine to form your unique ‘chaos’ — the source of your creativity. In doing so, you will take the first steps on the road to finding your own distinctive voice — and developing vision and ambition in your work. You will undertake a range of analytical and writing activities and write a portfolio of poems that constitutes a distinctive expression of your developing chaos.

At any year of study, one module outside the named degree programme, but offered within the School of Music, Humanities and Media, may be taken as an alternative to any of the option modules listed above where feasible and subject to timetabling restrictions and the approval of your Course Leader.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.


This course provides the opportunity to complete either a 2 week work related project or 6 week work placement which is a compulsory element of the second year of the course. Previous placement providers have included Pen and Sword Books, Oldham Evening Chronicle, Lotherton Hall, Rochdale Law Centre and a range of primary and secondary schools.

The ERASMUS+ exchange provides an optional short term (12 or 24 weeks) opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner universities where you join in classes and receive credits towards your degree at the same time. We have partnerships with universities in Athens, Ghent, Granada, Hanover, Paris and the USA.

Career opportunities

100% of graduates from this course go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating. As an English graduate, you are valued for the advanced skills you have developed in communication, self-motivation, teamwork, analysis, creative problem solving and persuasiveness. Depending on your specialism, your career choices are as varied and exciting as your degree course.

Our graduates have gone on to a variety of careers within publishing, broadcasting, teaching, writing, advertising, management, politics and local government. A selection of companies that have employed Huddersfield graduates in recent years include BBC, Zurich Financial Services, Brighouse Echo, O2 and Capita*. Others have opted for PGCE study and have become teachers, or continued their studies at Master's level. *Source: Linked In.

Teaching and assessment

11.7% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, workshops etc. You'll have the opportunity to develop your learning through lectures and seminars on particular authors and genres. You will also be able to take part in workshops where you might learn how to write better essays, produce a digital artifact or design a research project. You will also be supported by regular meetings with your personal tutor who will help you to reflect on your strengths and identify ways in which you can improve.

Creative Writing at Huddersfield is taught by a team of award-winning writers and is assessed by portfolios of creative, critical and reflective writing. You will have the chance to experience a broad range of assessment, which may be a combination of essays, exams, presentations, posters, research projects, and podcasts. You will encounter some topics which may be less familiar to you such as critical theory or digital humanities.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (either written and/or verbal) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the only University where 100% of the teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

*permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.


Our English facilities include flexible learning rooms equipped with video conferencing equipment, interactive smart boards with all-round ceiling projection and audio-visual cabinets with the usual cd/dvd playback and pc and laptop connections.

In the University Library and Computing Centre (LCC), only 3 minutes' walk from the English building, you will find English subject specialists to help you find and use source materials. The LCC contains modern IT facilities with 24-hour access and comfortable spaces for you to work alone or in small groups. It also contains our rapidly-expanding collection of linguistics materials, including journal and newspaper articles, books, audio recordings, and a range of electronic databases (such as Early English Books Online) and several linguistic corpora (eg the 100-million-word British National Corpus), together with the software for their analysis.

How much will it cost me?

The full-time undergraduate tuition fee for 17/18 entry is £9250.

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Course scholarships available – up to £3000. More details.

If you decide to apply for a course that includes a work placement, a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check may be required to enable you to undertake that placement in settings with children (e.g. within a School). Should the organisation you are going to be working in require one to be undertaken, the School will support you to apply for a check. Please note that there is a charge for the DBS check which is approximately £44.

Further study

Progression to a postgraduate course is dependent on successful completion of your undergraduate studies, there may also be minimum qualification requirements such as a first class or higher second (2.1) degree. Please check the course details to confirm this.

You may be interested in studying: Business English and Intercultural Communication MA International Communication MA English Language and Literature (MA by Research) Communication Cultural and Media Studies (MA by Research)


If you're an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.

If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC). You can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.

If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.5 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree course. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry.

English is a thriving subject area with a strong research culture in language, linguistics, literature and creative writing that is internationally recognised and of a high collaborative standard. There are currently two research groups in English: the Centre for Intercultural Politeness Research and the Stylistics Research Centre. Current individual staff research projects also include: Grist: The Anthology of New Writing and The Anne Clifford Project.

For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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