English Literature with Creative Writing BA (Hons)
**Academic Requirement at Undergraduate level for students with British Qualifications stay the same regardless of the Student's country of residence.
Statement of Intent, reference letter, Detailed CV, Academic transcripts
About The Program
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Minimum English language requirements – IELTS 6.0
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All eligible students will automatically be considered for an International Scholarship worth £3,000 per year.
All outstanding students (e.g. 1st class honours degree holders, A Grade students, GPA 3.5+/4) will automatically be considered for a Merit Scholarship worth £4,000 per year.
You may also be eligible for other scholarships and discounts available for international students.
This exciting course develops connections between the critical study of English Literature and the creative practice of writing in a variety of forms. You will learn to approach texts as both a reader and a writer, discovering links and synergies between these different perspectives.
Through critical knowledge and practical experience, you will study a broad range of English Literature and Creative Writing in small groups or workshops, led by the research experts in the field or by published writers, in an atmosphere of creative, scholarly enterprise in order to develop skills of critical analysis and imaginative problem solving that are highly valued by employers.
In addition to the benefits listed on the page for BA English Literature:
Students rate our teaching extremely highly. English Literature at Bangor received 100% overall student satisfaction in the 2016 NSS. This places Bangor top in the UK for student satisfaction.
We are committed to teaching in small groups as well as lectures, one-to-one supervision and providing individualised feedback.
We offer a broad and flexible range of module choices, combining English Literature – e.g. The Literature of Laughter, Detective Fiction, Contemporary Literature and The Gothic in Literature and Film – and English Language – e.g. in Bilingualism, Historical Linguistics, Language and Communication, and Psycholinguistics.
Our research informs our teaching. The world-class quality of our research and writing was recognised in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), placing us in the UK Top 10 for research intensity.
There is a vibrant Arts and Culture scene. Our close links with Pontio, the University’s, £40million Arts Centre, local theatres, poetry groups and vibrant student societies - including our Bangor English Drama Society (BEDS) – there are lots of chances for you to get involved.
Bangor is an inspiring location for creative writing or literary study.
Many modules are genre based, each covering a wide range of historical periods, of focusing on writing in a particular genre. You will be introduced you to a range of techniques in Creative Writing. These modules aim to develop in students the skills required for an undergraduate degree in English Literature and / with Creative Writing.
Creative Writing - Poetry
Creative Writing - Prose
Introduction to Screenwriting
Also, choose from:
Writing for Children and Young Adults
The Literature of Laughter
Exploring America: an Introduction to US Literature
The Gothic in Literature and Film
Landmarks in Literature
Heroes and Villains: an Introduction to Medieval Literature
The second year allows you to develop your interests in the novel, short fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry.
Short Fiction and Poetry
The third year gives you you the chance to explore one area more fully in the dissertation. You will be supervised on a one-to-one basis by a practising writer as you complete a novel, a collection of short stories or poetry to the very highest standard. Learning to reflect critically on your own practice will prepare you equally for the independence of a career in writing or for postgraduate study.
The Creative Writing Dissertation
The Open Road
These courses provide students with excellent employment prospects, in a wide range of career options. In the past our graduates have gone into PR work, teaching, publishing, advertising, journalism, the law, community work and academia. The skills of critical analysis, imaginative problem solving, and presentation are all highly valued after by employers in a wide range of sectors. Our graduates are typically independent-minded, yet able to work as part of an effective team. Another option is postgraduate study, which offers graduates an opportunity to further deepen their knowledge and expertise, and to distinguish themselves from other students. There are great opportunities for this at Bangor. The ability to use words effectively is, in fact, a major advantage in almost any career.
In a recent Salaries and Vacancies Survey the Association of Graduate Recruiters lisited the top ten skill areas that employers seek right now:
Motivation and enthusiasm
Flexibility and adaptability
Planning and organisation
Managing own development
All these skills are central to an English degree. Employers repeatedly say that they do not want ‘trained’ recruits. They want intelligent, rounded people who have a depth of understanding, can apply themselves, take responsibility and develop their role in the organisation, demonstrating the traditional high-level academic abilities of analysis, reflection, critique and synthesis. What they do not want is graduates trained for a job, not least because jobs change rapidly.
When graduates in English reflect on the skills they developed through their degree which they have found most useful in their new jobs, they speak of advanced literary and communication skills, writing for project-based work, independent thought and judgement, and good time-management.
Founded in 1884, Bangor University has a long tradition of academic excellence and a strong focus on the student experience. Around 10,000 students currently study at the University, with teaching staff based within fourteen Academic Schools.
The University was founded as a direct result of a campaign in the late nineteenth century for higher education provision in Wales. Funds were raised by public subscription to establish a college of university rank in Bangor. An important feature of its foundation was the voluntary contributions made by local people, including farmers and quarrymen, from their weekly wages over a period of time.
Bangor University is ranked in the top 40 in the UK for research*, according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. The REF recognised that more than three-quarters of Bangor’s research is either world-leading or internationally excellent, ahead of the average for UK universities.
Bangor University has achieved a Gold Award, the highest rating possible, in the national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
The TEF assessment took into account teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. We were judged to deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.
Bangor University is committed to being known globally as The Sustainable University. Much of what we do is based on our desire to bring sustainability to life, whether through our teaching, research or public engagement. We have established The Sustainability Lab to lead on all aspects of sustainability across the University.
Student life at Bangor University is vibrant and diverse. We have more than 200 Students’ Union Clubs and Societies, covering a range of interests, activities and sports, which means there’s something for everyone. Student membership is free, so all our students can take advantage of the extra-curricular opportunities offered. Our Clubs and Societies were named best in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2019.
Students are given help and support from the moment they arrive. Our Student Services Centreprovides advice and guidance on matters from money and housing to disability support, counselling, dyslexia, study skills and local faith provision. Every year hundreds of second and third year students are trained as Peer Guides to welcome new students to Bangor and provide practical advice to help them settle-in.
The University was originally based in an old coaching inn called the Penrhyn Arms. In 1903, the city of Bangor donated a 10-acre site overlooking the city at Penrallt for a new building, and substantial sums of money were raised by local people to help meet the cost. The foundation stone for this was laid in 1907, and four years later in 1911 the main building was opened, together with some arts and social science buildings and part of the Library.
The Science Departments remained in the Penrhyn Arms for another fifteen years. In 1926 they moved to new purpose-built accommodation which had been constructed with the assistance of funds raised by the North Wales Heroes Memorial.
Today, The University has over 11,000 students and 2,000 members of staff. Bangor University is committed to providing teaching of the highest quality, conducting research of the highest quality, taking good care of its students and playing a full role in the wider community of Wales .