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Creative Writing

Why study at Roehampton

  • We offer a range of cutting-edge modules. Recent examples have explored writing for computer games, for graphic novels and for television.
  • One of few universities covering so many writing subjects, from non-fiction to writing for children.
  • An ideal platform for students looking to publish online and in our own Fincham Press.
  • Roehampton is ranked in the top 20 in the country for English & Creative Writing (Guardian University Guide 2016).
  • Roehampton is ranked best modern university in London (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015).

One of the longest-established Creative Writing undergraduate degrees in London

Taught by published, working writers (including acclaimed poets, novelists, journalists and screenwriters), this course introduces writing practice to you in four main forms: fiction, nonfiction, poetry and screenwriting.

As you explore the technical craft and process of writing, you'll develop your skills as a writer, as well as other key abilities such as research and critical analysis.

It is one of only a few Creative Writing courses in the UK to offer innovative fiction and poetry and a strong non-fiction strand. Recent examples of the exciting modules we offer have included travel writing (with an opportunity to study abroad), screenwriting, writing for the internet and writing stand-up comedy.

We are focussed on equipping our students to succeed in their careers, including how to write to industry representatives. Students from the Department of English & Creative Writing have also undertaken paid work experience with our partners Wimbledon Bookfest.

Roehampton has a vibrant research culture and a rolling programme of fellowships – current holders are the writers Ian Sinclair and Melvyn Burgess.

The quality of this course is reflected in official surveys, with the most recent figures showing 97% of our students are satisfied with the quality of teaching we provide (National Student Survey 2015). 

More details

Year-by-year summary

First year

In the first year you will have the chance to improve your writing skills, to try out different ways and forms of writing and to explore your own creative processes. In this year, you will engage with a wide range of interesting and challenging texts from different genres and historical periods and will explore some of the analytical, critical and theoretical approaches that will be important for both developing your own writing and for successful academic study.

Second year

In the second year, we will offer you compulsory and optional modules, looking more closely at the techniques, craft and processes of writing. There are opportunities in specialist writing genres (examples might include fiction, poetry and screenwriting) and modules that allow you to practice, analyse and criticise specific forms of writing. You also have access to cross-listed modules in other programmes and the opportunity to spend a term abroad at one of our exchange institutions.

Third year

In your third year, you'll get the chance to choose to specialise in a particular area  that interests you, which also provides a path toward an MA or an MRes in Creative and Professional Writing. Alternatively, you can elect to continue to explore diverse writing genres contained in a rolling offer of modules. Recent examples have included adaptation, drama-documentary, graphic narratives, innovative forms of fiction and poetry, novel writing, writing for a child audience, writing and publishing for the internet, and writing songs and lyrics.

Self-evaluation, reflection and critical awareness play a significant part in the assessment of written work. You'll be supported throughout the course in developing these skills by the expert writers and researchers who work in the Department of English & Creative Writing.

    What our students say

    Kemba Buchanan, Creative Writing
    “I’m finding lots of inspiration for my writing from the campus.”

    Kemba Buchanan, BA Creative Writing

    Example modules

    • Gaming and Interactive Narratives
    • Writing London
    • Graphic Narratives

    Career options

    You will be equipped to go into freelance writing, screenwriting, the gaming industry, television and film, arts and literary events management, teaching and the publishing industry.

    UCAS code

    W801

    Level

    Undergraduate

    BA Single Honours
    BA/BSc Combined Honours

    Single or Combined honours

    Entry requirements

    Specific entry requirements »

    General entry requirements »

    Department

    English and Creative Writing »

    Duration

    3 (full-time), 5–7 (part-time) years

    Tuition fees

    £9,000 (2015; UK/EU) »

    £12,000 (2015; International) »

    Cash scholarships and bursaries available »

    Programme outline

    View the full details »

    View Key Information Set »

    Combinations

    Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies [WW84] »

    English Literature [WQ83] »

    Film [PW38] »

    Journalism [PW58] »

    Related courses

    Creative Writing »

    English Literature »

    MA PGDip Children's Literature »

    MA PGDip Creative Writing »

    Further information

    Contact our Enquiries team
    enquiries@roehampton.ac.uk »
    +44 (0)20 8392 3232

    Undergraduate open day

    Saturday 3 October 2015

     
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