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Course Structure

First Year

In your first year you will gain the foundation you need to become a better reader and writer. In Modes of Writing we explore writing in different forms, including poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and writing for performance and new media. Through studying Medieval to Renaissance English Literature you will appreciate the context of contemporary beliefs and social developments. Epic into Novel shows you the building blocks of literary tradition in Europe and beyond. This module will give you an understanding of some of the great texts of classical and modern times. Last, our new module The Written World will introduce you to the outlines of literary theory where we focus on texts that are important as an emerging writer.

Most core modules in your first year are taught by means of one lecture and one seminar per week in terms one and two.

Full module details for Year 1

Second Year

As a second year you will progress to core module Composition and Creative Writing in which you explore and deepen your practice of fiction and nonfiction. You will take a module from before 1900, as well as any module from the English department or another University department.

In your second and third years, optional modules are normally taught by means of one seminar per week. Practising writers deliver teaching through workshops and seminars. Also, writers and publishers visit and work with you in our Writers' Room, the first purpose-built space for writers in a UK university.

Full module details for Year 2

Third Year

In your final year you will progress to the Personal Writing Project, your opportunity to work one-to-one with a tutor of your choice on an extensive piece of writing in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, screenwriting or a genre of your choice. In addition you will select a global literature module(s) as well as any module from English Literature, Creative Writing or another University department.

Full module details for Year 3

Please note: We update our modules every year based on availability and demand, and we update our course content too. The content on these pages give you a really strong indication of what your course will offer, but given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. Read our terms and conditions to find out more.