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English with Creative Writing

QW11 BA (Hons) 3 years

Overview

Studying English with Creative Writing at QMUL will inspire your intellectual curiosity and spark your creativity. It aims to give you a sound knowledge base in literature along with all of the tools you need to become a writer.

Within the English part of the course, you will gain a deeper understanding of literary history and theory, exploring Subjects from medieval literature and Shakespeare to modernism, post-colonial and contemporary writing.

The creative writing section of the course is designed to develop your practical writing skills, and to give you an insight into the process of writing. You will have the opportunity to grow and flourish as a writer, whether in prose fiction, poetry, drama, film or creative non-fiction.

This combination will give you the skills necessary for a wide range of careers particularly within the creative industries.

There are also opportunities to spend a semester abroad at a partner university in Europe, Australia, Canada or the USA.

Why study English with Creative Writing at QMUL?

You will study English with Creative Writing in a School that has an international reputation for excellence. We were ranked fifth in the UK in the last national Research Excellence Framework (REF) - this means you will be taught by leading researchers in the field, and graduate with a degree that is recognised by employers and others for its academic quality.

Our academics are not just influential researchers; they are also dedicated teachers and we are proud of our high-quality teaching: In the 2015 National Student Survey, 96% of students praised our teaching, especially for making the subject intellectually stimulating, and for our enthusiastic teaching.

Although we are a big department, allowing you to personalise your degree and study the topics that most interest you, we are also a friendly department. You will have plenty of staff contact, and we will work with you to aid your academic, personal, and professional development. A compulsory final year module asks you to reflect on your development at QMUL, and academics will be on hand to offer support and proactive advice on securing employment and networking opportunities.

While teaching takes place at our scenic Mile End campus, our Queen Mary English degrees make full use of the literary and cultural resources London offers. Studying in London - and in the East End - also gives you the unique opportunity of experiencing the spaces that the writers you study inhabited, as you walk through the London of Chaucer, Dickens, Woolf, and Monica Ali.

Study abroad

You can choose to apply for a four-year version of this degree with a full year abroad. We have links with universities around the world, including Europe, North America, Australia, and Asia (specific partnerships for each programme may vary).

While there are no extra tuition fees associated with these placements abroad, you will need to cover the cost of your transport to your destination and your living expenses, including accommodation.

Find out more about study abroad opportunities at QMUL.

Structure

Year 1

  • Introduction to Creative Writing (30 credits)
  • Narrative (15 credits)
  • Poetry (15 credits)
  • Reading, Theory and Interpretation (30 credits)
  • Shakespeare (30 credits)
  • English in Practice (non credit)

From 2017 we are introducing the QMUL Model to all our degrees. In your first year, you’ll meet the requirements of the QMUL Model through the compulsory module Reading, Theory and Interpretation: approaches to the study of English Literature. In your second and final year, you’ll be able to choose modules from the School of English and Drama, and elsewhere at Queen Mary. These modules will provide you with opportunities to develop skills related to networking, interdisciplinarity, global perspectives, and entrepreneurship. For further information on this initiative please visit QMUL Model.

Year 2

  • Creative Writing Prose: the Short Story (15 credits)
  • Creative Writing Poetry (15 credits)
  • English option (15 credits)
  • English option (15 credits)
  • English List module (30 credits)
  • English List module (30 credits)
  • Creative writing in the professions (non-credit)

Year 3

  • Dissertation (English or Creative Writing) (30 credits)
  • Creative Writing option (15 credits)
  • Creative Writing option (15 credits)
  • English option (15 credits)
  • English option (15 credits)
  • English option (15 credits)
  • English option (15 credits)

Entry requirements

2018 Entry requirements

A-LevelGrades ABB at A-Level. This must include grade A or above in A-Level English Literature or English Language and Literature. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 32 points overall, including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include a minimum of 6 in Higher Level English A.
BTECBTEC qualifications are considered for entry to this programme.
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 15 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. This must include at least 6 Level 3 credits in English Literature or Literacy modules at Distinction.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our designated webpages.

2017 Entry requirements

AS/A-level:

Typical grades required: At least 3 A-levels at AAB-ABB grades. A typical offer would be made to a student with AAB grades although we review every application carefully to consider whether we think our course is suitable for you. We value the Extended Project and are able to make alternative offers to candidates taking this qualification.

Excluded subjects: General studies and Critical Thinking.

International Baccalaureate:

Subjects and grades: 32 - 34 points overall, to include 6,5,5 - 6,6,5 at Higher Level. This must include 6 in Higher Level English.

Please note that offers are made to individuals on the basis of merit, and may be higher or lower than those outlined here. Students with qualifications from other countries should consult the International Students section on the main Queen Mary website. 

 

General Admissions Entry Requirements

English Language Proficiency

All applicants to QMUL must show they meet a minimum academic English language standard for admission and to be successful on the course, to the indicated levels for the area of study. See our guidance on English Language requirements for all degree programmes.

Vocational and Other Qualifications

The College accepts a wide range of qualifications such as Access and Foundation programmes, vocational awards, Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Highers and other Baccalaureates. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (admissions@qmul.ac.uk) before making an application so that we can give individual advice.

Admission is based on academic merit and on the proven ability of the applicant to achieve success on their chosen programme of study. Every application to Queen Mary is considered on its individual merits with personal statement and reference taken into consideration.

Combined Qualifications

If you are taking a combination of qualifications at Level 3, we will consider your academic profile and may make offers on a case-by-case basis. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (admissions@qmul.ac.uk) before making an application so that we can give individual advice.

Advanced Entry

Subject to the policy of the programme, it may be possible for students to join undergraduate degree programmes at the beginning of the second year of a three or four year degree programme or, sometimes, the beginning of the third year of a four year programme. Please note, not all schools will consider advanced entry. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (admissions@qmul.ac.uk) before making an application for individual advice.

If you are applying for advanced entry on the basis of a post A-Level qualification, such as the BTEC HND, you should apply via UCAS in the usual way. If you wish to transfer your degree studies from another UK higher education institution, you will be considered on the basis of your original A-Level or equivalent qualifications, current syllabus, academic references and results.

We typically expect you to have achieved a 2.1 standard on your current programme and have already met the standard equivalent first year entry requirements. Applications must be submitted via UCAS.

Non-UK students

European and International Applicants

Our students come from over 162 countries and we accept a wide range of European and International Qualifications for entry, in addition to A-Levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please see our International Admissions webpages for further details of our academic requirements, and information regarding how we assess the equivalence of your qualification.

Applicants will typically be expected to be taking academic subjects relevant to the programme of study. You are advised to review the A-Level and IB requirements for an indication of these subjects. If you are at all unclear, the Admissions team (admissions@qmul.ac.uk) is happy to advise you further.

Further Information

For any other enquiries directly relating to our entry requirements, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly.
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 5511
Email: admissions@qmul.ac.uk

See our information and guidance on how to apply.

Learning and teaching

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2017 entry
Full-time £9,250

Tuition fees for International students

2017 entry
Full-time £14,500

You can either take out a Tuition Fee Loan (see Funding section below) to pay your fees or, if you are paying them yourself, you can pay in instalments.

Tuition fees for a year abroad or placement year on a full time undergraduate course will be a proportion of the full fee for the year in which you commence your time abroad or placement.

For information on field trip and other course related costs which are not included in your tuition fee, please contact the relevant Department/School.

See more general information about fees.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7676
email: fees@qmul.ac.uk

Funding

Queen Mary has a substantial package of scholarships and bursaries which will benefit around 50 per cent of our undergraduate student body.

Scholarships and Bursaries available at Queen Mary for Home/EU Students

There are a number of scholarships and bursaries available each year for home students. Visit our Bursaries and Scholarships page for more information.

Visit our Advice and Counselling website for more information about financial support.

Scholarships available at Queen Mary for International Students

There are a number of Scholarships available each year for International Students including bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas.

Find out more about international scholarships.

Some International students may also be eligible for a fee reduction.

Loans and Grants available to help with tuition fees and living costs

Student Finance England administers all grant and loans for your studies if you normally live in England.

If you live in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland you have an equivalent Student Finance department for your region.

Through Student Finance England, you can apply for (figures relate to programmes starting from September 2016):

  • A Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,000 to pay all or part of your fees
  • A Maintenance Loan of up to £10,702 to help pay your living costs like rent, food and travel
  • Extra grants if you have a disability or you have children or an adult dependant
  • You might get a grant to cover some travel expenses if you normally live in England but study away from home. If you’re a medical or dental student you might also qualify for help with the costs of attending clinical placements in the UK.

Visit Student Finance Information to find out more about:

  • How to apply for student finance
  • What eligibility rules apply, including if you already have a degree or previous higher education study
  • What the income thresholds are and how much you might personally get for each element of Student Finance
  • What to do if you have problems getting your Student Finance

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

  • Additional sources of funding
  • Planning your budget and cutting costs
  • Part-time and vacation work
  • Money for lone parents

For more information visit the Advice and Counselling service website, or call +44 (0)20 7882 8717.

Graduate employment

Our English graduates go on to work in a wide variety of roles in a range of sectors including the arts, publishing, the media, heritage and charity.

The national 2014 destination survey confirmed that 92% of graduates from the School were in employment or study six months after graduation, with 71% of this group already working or studying at graduate level. Queen Mary undergraduates have an average earning power of £23,000 six months after graduation.

The broad range of skills gained through undergraduate courses in the School, coupled with multiple opportunities for extra-curricular activities and work experience, have enabled students to move into careers such as:

  • Junior Producer - ITN
  • Actor - Self employed
  • Script Reader - Writers Avenue
  • Editorial Assistant - Dazed & Confused Magazine
  • Associate Producer - Idle Motion
  • PR Assistant - Proud Gallery
  • Research Assistant - Tatler
  • Programme Compiler - Channel 4
  • Market Researcher - Maritz
  • Global Mobility Project Assistant - Diageo
  • Marketing Coordinator - News Quest Ltd

Throughout the course, you will have access to an annual Queen Mary Careers and Enterprise Centre programme, to prepare you for internships and graduate level work. This includes employer led workshops on job applications and interviews as well as over 90 employer events to facilitate networks and help students to explore their options. Recent events include an Experience Journalism workshop run by News Associates, Experience Teaching with TeachFirst, Careers in Law for non-law students and Start Up Stand up for those aspiring to start their own social enterprise or business.

Opportunities for work experience are substantial given Queen Mary’s location between Canary Wharf, the City and the Olympic Village. Students are encouraged to build their work experience throughout their period of study. Opportunities can be found through QProjects, a local work experience scheme, QRecruit, which advertises internships and temporary work, Experience Works, a part time work fair, and volunteering with QMSU Provide. There are also over 1400 vacancies to browse on the QM JobOnline vacancy site.

Queen Mary’s extensive campus also provides over 1200 on-campus job and volunteer opportunities, including a chance to volunteer for QMedia (which produces QMTV, The Print newspaper and CUB Magazine from the Students’ Union).

Read more about our careers programmes and range of work experience opportunities on the Queen Mary Careers and Enterprise Centre pages.

Profiles

This is a new programme, so we don’t have any profiles of recent graduates. But amongst the alumni of the English Department who have gone on to careers in creative writing are J.G. Ballard, Malcolm Bradbury, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Conn Iggulden, Eleanor Updale, Kate Williams, and Sarah Waters.

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