2022/23 entry

BA (Hons) English Literature and Creative Writing

Start date:

September 2022

Study mode:

Full time

Course Duration:

3 years

UCAS code:

WQ83

Points required:

104

Campus:

Mt Pleasant

Tuition fees (per year)

Home (full-time):
£9,250
International (full-time):
£16,100
Placement (home student):
£1,850
Placement (international student):
£3,650
All figures are subject to yearly increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

General enquiries:

0151 231 5090

Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies:

0151 231 5175

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Why study English Literature and Creative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University?

  • Professional guidance and peer review to help you develop your work to publishable standard
  • Regular literary events, readings, screenings and open mic nights to showcase your work
  • Three-day residential writers' retreat at a country house in rural Wales
  • Our acclaimed Writer at Work module provides an opportunity for you to pursue a work-based project

About your course

The BA (Hons) English Literature and Creative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University is designed to develop your writing skills with professional guidance and peer support from practicing writers, publishers and agents.

Towards the end of your course, you will specialise in a chosen genre and get a feel for the life of a professional writer by writing independently but with guidance from tutors and the support of peers to help you review and refine your work.

A residential writers' retreat in rural Wales also gives you a chance to perfect your skills and we host a number of literary events, readings, screenings and open mic nights to showcase your work at Liverpool arts venues such as FACT, The Everyman and Tate Liverpool.

Broadly speaking, you will spend a third of your time in formal study, a third reading, and a third writing or completing assessments and private study. The programme is constantly updated, which is why we have supplied only a sample of modules you may study below.

"Creative Writing is simply the best way to get your writing fired up. You’ll meet loads of other people with the same aspirations and once you’ve been taught the basics you’re left to develop your ideas in workshops and edit your work as if you were a professional writer."

Recent graduate

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students

Fees

The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)

Money

  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)

Funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.

Employability

This BA (Hons) programme in English Literature and Creative Writing has a natural vocational slant and our graduates' excellent analytical, communication and creative skills have ensured them positions in a wide variety of careers, including advertising, marketing, museums, arts administration and publishing.

Other graduates have secured positions in sectors such as industrial, retail, leisure and charitable organisation management, educational administration, accountancy, the social and Civil Services and teaching.

Many graduates have gone on to have work published but you should be aware that professional authorship is often a second career.

In the last three years, 75% of our students have graduated with a 2:1 or first class degree.

Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

We are committed to ensuring all of our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.

Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop personal insight into your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities. You’ll be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development opportunities.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan and the means to make it a reality.

Our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business. You also have access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools and resources; opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, themed webinars; an annual programme of employer events; funded extracurricular internships and one-to-one advice to accelerate your job search, CV and interview technique.

Applicant key information

Course review and revalidation.

This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy.

Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.

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What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Further guidance on modules

Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.

Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course:

Programme specification document (PDF)

Level 4

Core modules

Introduction to Poetry
20 credits

This module aims to establish your core knowledge of poetry, encouraging you to look beyond your previous study and embrace what poetry can be in all its different mediums and forms. The emphasis will be on instruction and development of knowledge, and guest speakers and readings will illuminate your experience further.

Introduction to Scriptwriting
20 credits

This module is designed to introduce you to the differing demands of scriptwriting for three major dramatic genres – screen, stage and radio. It introduces you to the formats used in these three forms and encourages you to engage with the process of visual, verbal and aural storytelling in relation to the same.

Introduction to Prose
20 credits

In this module, you will be tested on your ability to write using accurate and appropriate contemporary language, techniques and devices. You will scrutinise published writers' narrative strategies for important aspects of form, techniques and devices in prose, explore the links between critical and creative writing, and join in with discussion, debate and exercises.

Reading English
20 credits

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the interdisciplinary study of English at degree level through a variety of texts drawn from different historical periods. It will also introduce you to the formal analysis of texts, including questions of literary form, narrative and genre. The module will also introduce you to the generic skills needed for the study of English at degree level, including close reading, reading quickly and efficiently, and writing essays.

Literary and Cultural Theory
20 credits

The aim of this module is to provide you with an understanding of the basic strands of literary and cultural theories, such as feminism, Marxism, postcolonial theory, and psychoanalysis. It will allow you to explore and evaluate these theoretical perspectives through practical application to literary texts as well as to other primary sources.

Literature In Context: Britain in the 1950s
20 credits

This module introduces you to methods of critical and contextual reading central to the LJMU English programme, to the range of core skills essential to successful study at University level, and to the Personal Tutoring system. You will analyse and compare British literary and other texts c. 1948-60, exploring themes such as the post-war fracturing of class boundaries, immigration and the origins of multi-cultural society, and the rise of youth culture.

Level 5

Core modules

Body, Mind and Soul: Seventeenth-Century Literature and Culture
20 credits

The aim of this module is to introduce you to a range of seventeenth-century writings in their historical and cultural context to enable you to recognise different forms and genres used in the period. This module will also facilitate an understanding the concept of the Early Modern and issues of historical change and continuity.

Poetry Matters
20 credits

This module enables you to develop a critical vocabulary to enhance your understanding of poetry. You will be introduced to a range of poetry from different periods, in different forms and from different cultural locations. Alongside this, you will learn to identify the aesthetic qualities of different poetic traditions.

Optional modules

Screen 1
20 credits

This module aims to further develop your awareness of screen language in relation to screenwriterly concerns and encourage you to examine the narrative devices and structures inherent in film and television productions. It will also encourage you to develop your own storytelling skills.

Treatment and Screenplay
20 credits

This module will develop your skills in structuring and writing a treatment and a screenplay. It will encourage individual development of filmic storytelling skills in a critical, supportive environment in preparation for the longer stories you will develop and write in Level 6 Screenwriting modules.

Study Year Abroad - English And Creative Writing
120 credits

This module provides you with an additional year of study at an approved overseas partner. It will complement your programme of study at LJMU. You will demonstrate the acquisition of programme-related learning having followed your approved course of study abroad.

The Fantastic
20 credits

This module engages you in the study of fantasy, horror and science fiction literature and related arts. This has proven the most popular genre amongst undergraduate students and the module provides an opportunity for specialisation in this area. You will produce original, creative work informed by your studies, and present it to your classmates and tutors for formative feedback and further development.

Approaching Your Novel
20 credits

Clearly, a novel can not be completed in one semester, but you should be left with an awareness of what is required to make this huge leap from short story writing. You will emerge with a proposal for its completion and a deeper understanding of what method best suits you to live with, revise, complete and place a book.

Short Prose
20 credits

In this module you will acquire a deepening understanding of some of the forms which prose takes and learn to write a piece of original prose within a chosen form. You will study examples of short fiction and literary non-fiction, learning some of the key techniques involved. Then, you will reflect on your reading and your own creative processes.

Poetry Writing Workshop:Form and Substance
20 credits

In this module you will focus on structural and technical aspects of poetry and on questions of subject-matter and source material, using examples of modern and contemporary poetry. You will look at students' poems in workshops, analysing them technically, providing feedback, and focusing on the specific uses of form and language.

Short Story One
20 credits

This module is designed to develop your ability to craft short stories and to broaden your independent reading, honing the ability to read as a writer. It will improve both the identification and understanding of elements of fiction-writing craft and encourage reading as a writer in greater depth. You will develop the habit of writing prescriptively (via set writing exercises that enhance your understanding of the writer's craft) and independently. You will also develop a heightened awareness of your poetics and be able to reflect on the reading that shapes your writing.

Dramatic Writing for Radio and Stage
20 credits

In this module you will workshop your script for either radio or stage in tutor-led sessions, offering and receiving constructive criticism, reading, and performing scenes from your developing scripts. We will focus on structural and technical aspects of both forms and analyse the differences and transferable skills between the two mediums.

Adolescence and Writing
20 credits

The aim of this module is to analyse various discourses shaping the cultural category of adolescence. You will investigate possible reasons for the emergence of the subjective category of adolescence in the late 19th century to explore discourses associated with adolescence.

The Author
20 credits

This module will give you the opportunity to study a single author, examining the development of their writing. You will read the selected author in the light of recent developments in literary studies, addressing key issue to focus on a specific theme or issue and assess the way it is handled in different examples of the author's work.

Body, Mind and Soul: Seventeenth-Century Literature and Culture
20 credits

The aim of this module is to introduce you to a range of seventeenth-century writings in their historical and cultural context to enable you to recognise different forms and genres used in the period. This module will also facilitate an understanding the concept of the Early Modern and issues of historical change and continuity.

Cultures of Childhood
20 credits

This module focuses on the literary and cultural construction of childhood in Britain and its relation to broader questions about identity, sexuality, race, gender, class, nation, empire, the natural world, memory, nostalgia and being human. You will explore these questions with reference to a wide variety of texts from the 19th to the 21st centuries, from children's writing to writing about childhood.

International Experience
20 credits

This module enables you to identify and reflect upon the life skills, intercultural learning skills and transferable skills required to live and/or work in another country. These skills include employability efficacies of self-awareness, interpersonal relationships and decision-making. You will develop an appropriate vocabulary to appraise international experiences and reflect upon their relevance to employability and personal development.

International Perspectives on Literature
20 credits

This module will introduce you to literature and critical approaches from an international perspective. You will develop an understanding of cultural differences in engagements with literary texts to write on literature from a comparative perspective.

Further Perspectives on Theory
20 credits

This module will provide you with an advanced understanding of more complex literary and cultural theories, such postmodernism to equip you with an appropriate vocabulary to apply these theoretical perspectives to their study of texts. It will allow you to explore and evaluate these theoretical perspectives through practical application to literary texts as well as to other primary sources.

Modernism and Modernity
20 credits

This module focuses on the emergence of a modernist movement in Europe and America at the beginning of the 20th century and lasting until the decades after the close of the Second World War. You will be introduced to the literature, culture and politics of modernity through an engagement with a variety of modernist texts.

Postcolonial Writing: Power, Art and Protest
20 credits

This module will introduce you to the field of postcolonial studies through a selection of literary and critical works. It will introduce the debates on the relationship between art, politics and culture at the heart of postcolonial literary criticism.

Relating Gender: Fiction from the Nineteenth Century to the Present
20 credits

You will develop knowledge and deepen an understanding of a wide range of theoretical debates on gender to introduce you to the problematic of gendered writing by reading male- and female-authored texts. You will evaluate literature's contribution to the ongoing interrogation and revision of traditional gender formations in British society and culture.

Romanticism: Revolution, Reaction and Representation
20 credits

In this module, you will develop an understanding of the manifestations of Romanticism in nineteenth-century literature to assess the cultural afterlife and importance of Romanticism and its modes. You will explore the connections between politics, social history, and literary culture in Britain during a period of social instability and intense and rapid changes in many areas of life at home and abroad.

Short Cuts: Writing in Brief
20 credits

The aim of this module is to analyse a wide variety of short writing from the post-Second World War era to develop skills of close reading and textual analysis. You will also explore the relationship between short writing and modernity/contemporary culture.

Stage Worlds: Early Modern Drama and Culture
20 credits

You will study non-Shakespearean drama from 1590-1642, focusing on a range of dramatic texts to examine the implications of editorial and production histories and contexts of early modern drama.

The Victorians: Realism and Sensation
20 credits

Within this module, you will extend your familiarity with a range of Victorian texts including novels, poetry and essays. You will explore how the Victorian age was characterized by rapidly developing scientific discourses and popular interest in them and understand how contemporary understanding of genre and cultural prestige were inherited from the Victorian period.

The Literature Of Extinction: American Writing and the Environment
20 credits

The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of the representation of the environment through the study of selected critical discourses to situate American ideas about the environment in their historical and cultural contexts.

Prison Voices: Narratives of Crime and Punishment in the 19th Century
20 credits

This module will examine changing discourses about deviance, criminality, punishment, and discipline and how these have been articulated within literary and non-literary texts. It will extend your skills in online research and interpretation by analysing, comparing, and considering the connections between a wide range of digital and textual primary sources.

Working in the USA
20 credits

The module aims to enable you to reflect on and articulate the life skills, intercultural learning skills and transferable skills that living and working in another country requires them to develop.

Imagined Maps: Space, Place, Land and Time in Irish and Scottish Cultural Imaginations
20 credits

This module examines the mapping of spaces and places in Irish and Scottish cultural productions. It reads across a range of resources, including film fiction, poetry, non-fiction, with an attentiveness to the cultural imagining of place, spatial, regional and national identities. It looks at the languages in which environment is constructed and encourages you to engage with the combination of the critical and creative in your own writing practices.

English Work Experience
20 credits

This module will enable you to develop a range of professional and transferable skills relevant to the world of work. You will be able to critically reflect on your self-development and acquisition of skills and attributes through experience of work in conjunction with their academic studies.

English Independent Study
20 credits

This module promotes independent learning activities to give you an opportunity to pursue their own research-informed projects. This module promotes key skills relating to Level 5 work identifying a set of aims or key questions exploring a body of published literature relevant to the project, and effectively communicating information, arguments and analysis.

Migrants to the Screen
20 credits

In this module tools and concepts from the fields of contemporary adaptation studies and from contemporary postcolonial studies will be used to critically examine adapted literary texts and their screen adaptations, and these texts will be used to explore intersections between these fields of enquiry. In particular, you will be encouraged to explore the ways in which adaptations might themselves be considered 'migrants'.

Life Stories: Telling Tales and Keeping Secrets in Auto/Biographical Writing
20 credits

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the diversity of auto/biographical writing. It will equip you with the critical vocabulary and analytical tools to explore and analyse modern life-writing. You will understand key critical topics relating to life-writing, including the relations of subjectivity and form; the intersections of gender, race, class and embodiment; the role of memory and nostalgia; narrative strategies of confession and secrecy.

Level 6

Core modules

Prose Portfolio 1
20 credits

This module is designed to encourage you to use the technical, cognitive and narrative skills you have acquired to produce a writing portfolio and reflection, using your own strengths and those of the community of writers of which you are a part. As the workshops are based each week on prepared readings of peer students' draft work, suggestions for wider reading and giving thoughtful and detailed critiques mean that your individual contribution is of great importance. The portfolio may consist of fiction or literary non-fiction. 

Optional modules

Prose Portfolio 2
20 credits

This module is designed to encourage you to use the technical, cognitive and narrative skills you have acquired to produce a writing portfolio and reflection, using your own strengths and those of the community of writers of which you are a part. As the workshops are based each week on prepared readings of peer students' draft work, suggestions for wider reading and giving thoughtful and detailed critiques mean that your individual contribution is of great importance. The portfolio may consist of fiction or literary non-fiction. 

Independent Study in Creative Writing
20 credits

This module allows you to pursue an individually devised creative project in Creative Writing at an advanced level. The module provides you with an opportunity to pursue a project which is not accommodated elsewhere in the programme. The project will follow an interest of yours, and of your own devising, with tutor support.

The Writer at Work
20 credits

In this module you will be given instruction on a wide-range of freelance possibilities and professional occupations open to a writer. In group discussions and 'troubleshooting' sessions you will develop your critical faculties by offering advice to your peers. You will devise and develop a work-based learning project which takes your skills as a writer out into a public-facing position or role, creating a detailed plan of your ideal project. You will also research organisations currently working in a similar area to your interest, producing a case-study of one such organisation.

The Writer at Work: The Project
20 credits

In this module you will be given instruction on a wide-range of freelance possibilities and ways that writers can earn a living by using their skills. In group discussions and 'troubleshooting' sessions you will develop your critical faculties by offering advice to your peers. You will deliver a work-based learning project which takes your skills as a writer out into a public-facing position or role. You will produce a writer’s CV, or showcase document, which you can use with employers after you graduate.

Poetry Writing Workshop : Advanced Poetry 1
20 credits

This module will focus on in-depth critiquing of students' work, asking you to consider how to disassemble, rebuild and improve your own and classmate’s work. Discussions and reading material will centre around discussion of your own writing processes. Guest masterclasses and readings from leading contemporary poets will be utilized to give you a wider and richer learning experience.

Poetry Writing Workshop:Advanced Poetry 2
20 credits

In this module you will continue to workshop each other’s work, with encouragement towards robust and intellectual insights into your peers' work. Class discussions will centre on how best you might articulate your own poetic practice in ways which will benefit your own development. A series of masterclasses and guest-readings will continue to expose you to the best in contemporary poetry, and you will be exposed to the professional world of poetry, gaining insights on how and where to submit your work.

Digital Writing
20 credits

This module enables you to develop an understanding of writing for digital platforms and skillsets necessary to produce digital content. Over the semester you will not only discover the creative possibilities of writing for online platforms but also the career opportunities in this field of writing. You will look at diverse areas of text and writing online, from media characters portrayed in social networking, to bloggers, viral campaigns and participatory projects to location based storytelling.

Advanced Scriptwriting
20 credits

In this module you will examine the relevant genres in detail in workshop sessions, using current examples and with input from visiting professionals. You will be required to use relevant formats, complete storylines/treatments, and drafts of script extracts to deadlines. 

Script Portfolio
20 credits

The portfolio module is the last step before you become a fully independent writer or move on to Masters level. In this module, you are encouraged to use the work-shopping skills that you have developed over the previous five semesters to give and receive constructive criticism in peer-led sessions as well as tutor-led work groups. You will be encouraged to independently evaluate each other’s scripts through the drafting and redrafting of a 30-45 minute film or TV series episode, radio play or stage play.

English Dissertation
20 credits

This is a year-long module, at the end of which you will have produced a dissertation of 7- 8,000 words. As such, it offers you the opportunity to investigate a topic of personal interest within the field of English Studies: you might wish to revisit something studied on a previous module, with a fresh approach or in greater detail, or choose an area as yet unexplored. You will be given guidance by a supervisor through the different stages of researching and writing, but above all you will be expected to work independently in the formulation of ideas, selection of key texts, and production of the final piece.

Art and Writing
20 credits

The aim of the module is to explore intersections between literature and visual art in the 20th and 21st centuries. You will develop and apply a critical vocabulary for approaching works that combine text and image and assess the way writers engage with visual questions as a means of interrogating the possibilities of literature, and the way art contributes to thinking about language and power, narrative and identity.

Contemporary Poetry
20 credits

The aim of this module is to consolidate and extend appropriate critical skills and vocabulary for the understanding of poetry to promote critical understanding of contemporary poetry in its historical, cultural and critical/theoretical contexts.

Feminist Fictions: Contemporary Women’s Writing & the Politics of Feminism
20 credits

This module will extend your understanding of contemporary women's fiction and its relationship to feminist theory, politics, and practice. You will be equipped with an advanced understanding of the complexity and diversity of the history of feminism and feminist theory from the 1960s to the present day.

Genres of Travel
20 credits

In this module you will explore the nature of travel writing as a genre, with reference to a range of texts from the sixteenth century up to the present day. You will interrogate what it means to travel by considering writing by slaves, colonialists, explorers and tourists. The module will relate these texts to broader theoretical questions concerning race, class, gender, nationality, colonialism, neo-colonialism and globalisation.

1660s - 1680s: Cultural Intersections in Restoration England
20 credits

The aim of this module is to examine the ways in which literary texts and cultural trends in post-Restoration England represent the interests of different social, political, religious and gendered groups and how the cultural positions of these groups conflict and intersect.

Locating Madness
20 credits

You will understand and interrogate discourses of and about 'madness' through the analysis of a range of texts. This module will extend your understanding of the role of binary constructions (with particular reference to identity and difference in gender, sexuality, race, and class) in relation to madness and its discourses.

English Independent Study
20 credits

This module will give you an opportunity to pursue your own intellectual interests to undertake an independent academic study, working on your own initiative and building strong time management skills.

Our House: Representing Domestic Space
20 credits

The aim of this module is to analyse domestic space as an important aspect of contemporary culture, to familiarize you with a range of disciplinary and philosophical traditions which have focused upon domestic space.

Post-Millennial British Fiction
20 credits

This module will extend your knowledge of the diversity and range of British writing in the twenty-first century in order to explore key events that shape literary culture in Britain today.

Race in America
20 credits

You will learn important critical and theoretical views relating to racial formations, racial identities, and racism in American history to develop cultural and historical understanding of the dynamics of race in post-war America.

Representing Masculinities
20 credits

This module will extend your familiarity with the history and theoretical framework of masculinity studies to discuss how different cultural preconceptions and academic theories of 'masculinity' relate to a broader cultural frame work of issues concerning subjectivity, race, class and sexuality.

Shakespeare
20 credits

This module will reinforce the ability to critically analyse texts in close detail to examine a range of Shakespeare's plays in the context of their original cultural production.

Tales Of The Market: Capitalism and Critique
20 credits

This module will introduce you to narratives of capitalism in fiction and non-fiction to develop a knowledge of the key concepts of capitalist critique and examine their relevance in making sense of significant cultural texts.

Terrorism and Modern Literature
20 credits

Terrorism and Modern Literature will establish terrorism as a significant and persistent literary, political and cultural preoccupation in modern literature (1880s to present), and examine key instances in which the language and concept of terror is at issue.

Vamps and Villains: Exploring Gothic Fiction
20 credits

This module will examine the genre of Gothic fiction as it has developed over two centuries to explore the cultural, historical and intellectual contexts that shape the moment of its production.

World Literature: Writing from the Periphery
20 credits

This module will introduce the concept of 'world literature' through a selection of texts from the twentieth to the twenty-first centuries in relation to the rise and expansion of a global modernity. You will examine on-going critical debates around key areas of research in the global humanities: a singular modernity, the politics of translation, the periphery and the world system.

Writing Lives: Collaborative Research Project on Working-Class Autobiography
20 credits

This module will enable you to develop advanced digital humanities research skills by engaging in individual and collective work as part of an online collaborative research project. You will be introduced to editorial procedures and skills and to edit and write your own research materials and findings at a professional level suitable for online publication.

Writing the Real: Contemporary Non-Fiction
20 credits

Writing the Real will explore the genre of contemporary non-fiction, by examining a number of works published from the mid-1980s to the present day. It will cover a wide variety of writing encompassing the description of 'non-fiction' – autobiography, memoir, reportage, travel writing, prose poetry, the 'new nature writing' and lyrical works of cultural theory and philosophy.

Late Modernism
20 credits

The aim of this module is to analyse a wide variety of writing encompassing the genre of contemporary nonfiction and will consider how these works particularly engage with the nature of contemporary culture, identity, politics and reality.

Neo-Victorianism: The Victorians in Contemporary Literature & Culture
20 credits

This module will provide a detailed understanding of the role and significance that the Victorian period, its literature, and its culture play in contemporary literature, film, and television. You will gain an advance understanding of postmodernism, historiography, and intertextuality.

Transitions: Identities in the Interwar Years
20 credits

This module examines shifting identities and the intersections of class, sexuality, gender and regionality in British literature of the interwar years. It moves across popular, middlebrow and experimental fiction and looks at poetry, non-fiction and magazine publishing as a means of examining the changing cultural formations of the period.

The Last Victorians: Literature of the 1890s
20 credits

This module will critically examine the literature of the Victorian fin de siècle, both as a transitional decade between Victorian and Modernist writing and as a highly productive period in terms of the development of new literary genres that it witnessed. You will also explore the cultural, historical and intellectual contexts that shape the moment of its production.

Violence in Nineteenth-Century Literature
20 credits

This module will establish violence as a significant and persistent literary, political and cultural preoccupation in nineteenth-century literature (1800-1900), and examine key works in which the issues of class, empire and gender were explored by authors of this period in relation to conflict and crisis.

Teaching and work-related learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.

Teaching is delivered via a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, peer presentations, online activities and film screenings. You can also join online groups so that you can further discuss ideas and issues that arise in the classroom.

Work-related Learning 

This course offers several work-related learning options to help you develop professional and transferable skills. At Level 5, you have the opportunity to spend at least one month on a work placement in the United States after undertaking a specially designed module to help you prepare for it. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get invaluable work experience in a different culture and could even lead to employment once you graduate.

Past students have worked for the editor of Vogue, an advertising agency and a film company in New York, a Hollywood celebrity magazine, theatres on Broadway, a jazz magazine in New Orleans, an architect’s office in California and theme parks in Florida and New Jersey. Alternatively, you could opt for work experience closer to home. We can support you in finding exciting placements in areas like teaching, the media and creative industries, international development and aid organisations, the tourism and heritage industries and the charity sector.

This experience will give you the chance to try out different career options, enhance your CV and develop your skills so that by the time you graduate, you will be well equipped to negotiate your way around the competitive job market.

At Level 6, The Writer at Work module also provides an opportunity to pursue a work-based project, be it organising a poetry festival, placing an idea for a novel with an agent or planning a film production.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support

Together with your tutors and fellow students, you will become part of a supportive and creative writing community that continually learns from and inspires each other.

The course has a real ethos of aspiration and achievement and you will be encouraged throughout to be the very best writer that you can, with continual feedback on your work from tutors or your peers. The writers’ residential in Wales and the many readings and literary events organised by the University are particularly valuable for this reason.

Your final year is the time when you have to really refine your work and take responsibility for your own writing future and, with this in mind, you will be encouraged to use your tutors in the role of publisher, producer, script editor or agent.

From the moment you join LJMU, you will be assigned a personal tutor who will be responsible for your academic and personal progress throughout the course. This kind of one-to-one support is particularly useful for discussing course-related issues or concerns you may have during your studies. You will also receive regular feedback and guidance from your course tutors.

Assessment

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

We believe that all students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods.

All assessment in Creative Writing is by coursework and includes a creative portfolio (about 50% of the marks), plus class contributions, essays, treatments, pitches, learning logs, journals, peer critique, projects, commentaries, group work and presentations.

You will normally be given two or three different assessment tasks per module. Once you reach your final year, your creative work or project will account for 70% of the course, and the remaining 30% taking the form of critical commentary or reflective analysis. 

In English Literature, assessments include essays, analytical exercises, portfolios of written work, an optional dissertation, peer presentations and formal exams. In your final year, you can even choose whether you want to be assessed by exam or written essay in some modules.

Throughout your course you will be given regular constructive feedback on draft creative work, but for assessments feedback is provided within 15 working days of submitting a piece of work. You will have opportunities to discuss feedback with your personal tutor and course lecturers; this is particularly useful in helping you to identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Sarah Maclennan

Sarah Maclennan

Programme leader 

Sarah gained a BA and MA with LJMU, then worked for Property Services and Student Support.  She has taught at LJMU since 2006, and is now the Programme Leader in Creative Writing.  In 2013, she won an LJMU Amazing Teaching Award. Sarah is a founder member of the Merseyside Literature Partnership, and is a trustee of a small arts organisation that promotes poetry in Merseyside.

This degree provides a rich and diverse mix of LJMU's popular Creative Writing and English Literature single honours degree programmes.

Facilities

What you can expect from your School

The School is based in the Redmonds Building, in the heart of the bustling Mount Pleasant Campus and Liverpool’s growing Knowledge Quarter. The building is home to high quality lecture theatres and seminar rooms, TV studios, radio suites, green screen, editing rooms and news rooms, social spaces, and a café. It is only a short walk from LJMU’s Aldham Robarts Library, which contains all the resources you will require for your studies, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Entry requirements

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Minimum points required from qualifications: 104


GCSE and equivalents

Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:

  • Key Skills Level 2 in English/Maths
  • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
  • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
  • Higher Diploma in Maths/English
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths/English
  • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
  • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Subject specific requirements: An English e.g. English Language, English Literature, English Language/Literature or Creative Writing. Subjects such as Drama, Theatre Studies, Film Studies, Religious Education, History, Media Studies and General Studies will also be considered
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Average A Level offer: BCC
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

BTEC qualifications

  • National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma subjects / grades required: Performing Arts, Production Arts or Creative Media Production are preferred from applicants studying BTEC qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: Performing Arts, Production Arts or Creative Media Production are preferred from applicants studying BTEC qualifications

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: At least 9 Distinctions and 36 Merits or any other combination that equates to 104 UCAS Tariff points in a relevant subject

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 104 UCAS Tariff points from IB Composite parts to include a relevant subject at Higher Level

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 104 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects to include a relevant subject at Higher Level

Alternative qualifications considered

​Applications are welcomed from mature and non-standard applicants, who will be considered on an individual basis. These applicants may be required to submit an essay and/or attend an interview, and should demonstrate potential and motivation and/or have relevant experience.
 
International applications will be considered in line with UK qualifications.

Will I be interviewed?

Mature and non-standard applicants may be invited to attend interview

IELTS

6.5 (minimum of 6.0 in each component)

International entry requirements

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Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

​All applicants should possess the following essential qualities:A real enthusiasm for literature and for finding out about the societies and ideas that produce and infuse it. We'll be looking for evidence that you've read widely outside your set-texts, and are interested in writing from a range of different eras and cultures.The ability to express your own ideas and opinions in a clear and lively way.You will have a strong desire to develop your breadth and depth of reading fiction and/or poetry, and/or a strong interest in film, theatre, or radio.You will have a desire to write in different forms and genres and be open to the idea that, through reading and writing and studying the craft of writing, you can become a better writer.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.