Creative Writing

Key Facts

Code W801
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBB-ABB with B in English Literature, or English Language, or a combined English Literature and Language course

  • Course Length

    3 Years

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If you are interested in enhancing, broadening, and developing your voice and, if you want to explore, discover and immerse yourself in the words that have shaped our world, then a degree in Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University is for you. Our cross-disciplinary degree will introduce you to an ever-expanding industry, providing you with a promising and advantageous start after graduation. Learn the craft of writing poetry, fiction, non-fiction, screenplays and more. You will also develop the critical and analytical skills necessary for a career in a broad array of creative industries. Under the expert guidance of a team of award-winning writers you will discover hidden talents and find out what sort of writer you are. On completion of this degree you will have not only a portfolio of exceptional creative material but also the skills and attributes to flourish in any workplace that demands dexterity with the written word.

Top 20 in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of Creative writing (NSS 2016)

Department of English and Creative Writing: 96% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

92% of undergraduates from the Department of English and Creative Writing who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Employability
  • Teaching, Learning and Assessment


Why study Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University?

  • We rank #1 in Wales for English and Creative Writing (NSS 2016)
  • Our degree offers a broad curriculum that crosses the traditional boundaries of genre, form, and function
  • You will be immersed in a supportive and vibrant community of creative and critical thinkers, industry experts, and published authors from every field
  • Become a student in a flourishing creative scene with a long and successful history as the spring for aspiring new talent
  • Explore connections between creative and critical thinking and develop a deep understanding of the relationship between professional practice and imaginative thought
  • Benefit from our unique collaborative relationship with Aberystwyth Arts Centre. This on-campus facility is an excellent resource for staff and students alike
  • Benefit from unlimited access to the National Library of Wales (one of the UK’s five copyright libraries)
Our Staff

All academic staff in the Department of English and Creative Writing are active scholars and experts in their fields. They are either qualified to PhD level or have commensurate experience. Our Lecturers either hold or are working towards a Higher Education teaching qualification and the majority of academic staff also hold the status of Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Course Content

Welsh medium modules available

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Year 1 Core (20 Credits) Creative Writing Students must take the following module:

Semester 1

Introduction To Fiction WR10320

Year 1 Options You may select your remaining modules from the list of all modules within the Institute of Literature, Languages and Creative Arts. Please refer to module information for each department.

Year 2 Core (40 Credits) Single Honours Creative Writing students must take the following 2 modules:

Semester 1

Learning From The Novelists WR20220

Semester 2

Writing Short Stories WR30320

Year 2 Options Single Honours Creative Writing students must choose at least 20 credits from modules with the prefix TC/FM/TP and at least 20 credits from modules with the prefix EN/WR from the following list:

Semester 1

Literary Theory: Debates And Dialogues EN20120

Contemporary Queer Fiction EN31620

Forms Of Children's Narrative Prose EN37820

Television Genre FM20620

Film Genre FM20920

Writing For Film And Television FM21620

Advertising FM21920

Sgiliau Sgriptio TC21300

Shakespeare In Contemporary Performance TP23220

Performance Writing TP32720

Semester 2

Ysgrifennu Creadigol CY34120

Literature Since 1945 EN22920

News: Industry And Analysis FM22120

Digital Culture FM25520

Sgiliau Sgriptio TC21320

Writing Selves WR30620

Both Semesters

Ysgrifennu Creadigol CY34100

Year 3 Options Single Honours Creative Writing students must choose the following module:

Semester 1

The Writing Project WR30000

Semester 2

The Writing Project WR30040

Year 3 Options Single Honours Creative Writing students may take their remaining credits from the following modules or other Level 3 modules offered by Departments within the Institute of Literature, Languages and Creative Arts:

Semester 1

Scriptwriting 1 FM37020

Playwriting TP34600

Textual Interventions WR30120

Writing And Place WR32120

Semester 2

Scriptwriting 2 FM37120

Playwriting TP34640

Writing Science Fiction And Fantasy WR32220


What career prospects are there for me?

Many of our graduates are successful writers in the fields of:

  • Fiction
  • Non-fiction
  • Poetry
  • Screen-writing
  • Radio
  • Theatre

Some of our graduates have discovered other successful career options:

  • Publishing
  • Editing
  • Journalism
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Teaching

What career enhancing opportunities are there for me as a student?

Aberystwyth Arts Centre will be woven integrally into your learning opportunities, permitting staff and students to come together with the shared aim of engaging, working and learning in a thriving and dynamic creative culture. Here you may showcase your work, engage and network with others, and develop lifelong skills valuable to employers in the creative industries and beyond.

Our degree will enable you to develop:

  •  the ability to express ideas and communicate information effectively in a broad range of contexts;
  • outstanding skills in creating, forming and manipulating the written word;
  • evidence of your ability to be an effective problem solver;
  • excellent creative thinking, informed by critical rigour;
  •  a proven ability to work both independently and as part of a team;
  • excellent time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines;
  • self-motivation and self-reliance and have the ability to develop appropriate and effective strategies;
  • valuable research skills that are trans-disciplinary and adaptable to any research context.

Further opportunities:

The University operates a Year in Employment Scheme (YES), which offers you a fantastic opportunity to take a year out between your second and third year to work in an organisation in the UK or overseas. YES provides a very rewarding and worthwhile experience, both personally and professionally, and can help you to stand out from the crowd in a very competitive job market. The University’s Career Service will help you to explore your options and secure a suitable work placement. GO Wales GO Wales is administered by the University’s Career Service, working with local businesses to create paid work placements of a few weeks’ duration for students. It gives you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience which will enhance your CV and make you more attractive to potential employers.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

What will I learn?

This degree is based on our strongly held belief that in order to become a really great writer you need to be a good reader, whilst offering you the flexibility to develop as a writer across a range of creative modes. During your first year you will develop foundational skills in the interpretation and analysis of literary texts, alongside your study of basic writing skills.  Throughout the course you will use your knowledge of literature and textual production in your own creative work, exploring the relationship between creative and critical practice.

 In the first year you will discover:

  • A range of techniques for reading and writing fiction and poetry;
  • Modes of descriptive writing;
  • The importance of plot;
  • The use of dialogue;
  • Some key figures from literary history (from Shakespeare to the Brontës);
  • Lesser known texts, and writers who are new-to-you;
  • A variety of “ways of reading” and some theoretical approaches to textual analysis;
  • “The critical commentary” and research skills for writers.

In the second year you will explore:

  • The theoretical approaches to, and the practice of, literary criticism;
  • Your own writing style, informed by your reading and research;
  • A number of specialist topics chosen by you (these might focus on a specific genre (such as crime fiction), historical period (such as the Victorian era), or theme (such as “transpositions”).

Students following this degree programme have the flexibility to take option modules from the departments of Film, Theatre and Television Studies, and Welsh and Celtic studies, both of which offer a number of creative writing modules in areas such as scriptwriting, writing for radio, writing for television and much more.

In the third year you will master:

  • Theory for writers and the application of theoretical perspectives the production and critical evaluation of your own creative work;
  • Extended writing and independent research in your final year writing project (chosen and defined by you with the support of a published author);
  • Your own specialisms drawn from a diverse range of option modules taught by writers in those fields. Our option modules include topics such as Elizabethan drama, the ghost story, queer fiction, writing for children, science fiction and fantasy, and much more.

How will I be taught?

Our course is delivered through a range of traditional and non-traditional settings with particular emphasis on workshops and discursive seminars. Lectures are not the norm but are used when it is essential to convey specific, knowledge-centred, material. One-to-one tutorials will also be a regular feature in your timetable, particularly towards the end of your programme of study.

We assess our students through portfolio submissions, essays and, on some modules, traditional examinations and presentations.

Entry Requirements

A Levels BBB-ABB with B in English Literature, or English Language, or a combined English Literature and Language course

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM-DDM with specified subject

International Students

International Baccalaureate:
30 points overall with 6 points in English Literature at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
65% overall with 70% in specified subject

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