Department of English and Creative Writing

The Department of English and Creative Writing combines tradition and innovation, excellent teaching and world class research. We cultivate a supportive environment that empowers students for success within and beyond the University of Roehampton.

We're home to internationally renowned writers, including Dame Jacqueline Wilson, James Smythe, Dr Tim Atkins, Professor David Harsent and Professor Fiona Sampson. We have worked together with writers including Kazuo Ishiguro, Dame A.S. Byatt, Hanif Kureishi, Emma Donoghue, Melvin Burgess, and Iain Sinclair.

We have our own in-house publishing imprint and partnerships that include Wimbledon Bookfest. The Department has a thriving calendar of student-led and alumni events as well as seminars, masterclasses, and conferences – many of which are open to the public.


We are a centre of literary excellence in english literature, creative writing and children's literature

All of our undergraduate courses are designed to equip you with the career skills you need to succeed, preparing you for whichever career you want to pursue.

Our postgraduate courses offer rich and varied professional writing courses with specialised pathways in Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction and Fiction for Young Readers.



We are a leading centre for research in London, with 80% of our research publications  ranked as "world leading" or "internationally excellent" for their impact (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

The Department is home to the National Centre for Research in Children's Literature, regarded as the premier institution for children's literature research in Britain.

In 2013, we launched The Roehampton Poetry Centre, placing the department at the forefront of the UK poetry scene.

Find out about TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership funding opportunities here.

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What our students say

"I wanted to study Children's Literature at Roehampton because it has a great reputation for research. Since joining, the course has exceeded my expectations."

Ana Maurer, MA Children's Literature

In numbers

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