Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies

Creative Writing

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Undergraduate courses

How to apply

How to apply

Find out more about how to apply for a course in literature, creative writing, drama, film studies or journalism. We can provide help and advice, and guide you through the application process.

Our undergraduate courses in creative writing offer a unique exploration of the practice and theory of being a writer by embracing both familiar Anglo-American approaches to composition with a range of other influential schools, from the study of traditional rhetoric to the innovative experimental practices of French collective Oulipo.

Established writers and leading literature specialists help you to deepen your knowledge of literary tradition by examining an extensive variety of styles, modes, and genres, which in turn allows you to develop your practical skills of expression and invention.

Planned reading and writing exercises expand your techniques as well as your ability to critically judge your own work.

You can study creative writing as a single honours degree or in combination with film studies as a joint-honours degree. Courses are three years of full-time study and can also be taken as a four-year option including a year of study abroad.

  • BA Creative Writing

    Our BA Creative Writing combines core and optional modules focused on writing practice, literature, and literary theory. Our modules cover an exciting range of subjects including creative writing skills, non-fiction, and playwriting, as well as myth, fairy tales, science fiction, and experimental writing, allowing you to follow you own interests and benefit from the full range of expertise offered by our department. You also have the option of undertaking an independent creative writing project of 10,000 words which is developed over a period of eight months in your third year.

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  • BA Literature and Creative Writing

    BA Literature and Creative Writing allows you to combine the study of English and world literature with creative writing and draws on our rich intedisciplinary expertise across these areas. This new course is recruiting now for October 2016.


  • BA Film and Creative Writing

    Our BA Film and Creative Writing allows you to study the history and theory of film and practical film production while simultaneously developing your creative writing abilities and wider literary knowledge. Our highly flexible programme gives you the chance to develop valuable critical and practical skills and you will benefit from the broad expertise found within our department, which includes leading academic film and literature specialists, film practitioners with extensive industry experience, as well as established novelists, poets, dramatists, and screenwriters.

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Languages for All

Our Languages for All scheme allows you to study a language alongside your course at no extra cost.

Undergraduate pathways

If you don’t meet our standard undergraduate entry requirements, our Essex Pathways Department offers undergraduate pathways that equip you with the necessary academic and English language skills to enable you to progress to an undergraduate course in our department.

Study abroad

Study abroad

Our courses give you a variety of options to study abroad, including spending a term or a whole year at one of our partner universities around the world.

Careers and skills

Careers and skills

We offer a variety of careers support to help with professional development during your time at Essex and with finding employment or further study after you graduate.

UG Open Days

Book a place at our undergraduate Open Day. Our department and admissions staff can answer any questions you have, and you can speak to current students about life at Essex while taking a campus tour.

Ask us a question

Ask us a question

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