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International: £13,250 per year
This course scored 100% for overall satisfaction in the 2018 National Student Survey.
- Learn the essential skills to write prose, script and poetry.
- Increase your employability by working on live projects.
- Become confident and able in self-expression through writing.
On this broad-based contemporary writing course you develop your writing skills and study a wide range of literature with a team of writers and tutors, while working on live projects to prepare you for a successful career.
Watch student Ellie Wright talk about what it’s like to study this course.
How you learn
Most of your learning will be done in group lectures and seminars. You work both independently and on collaborative projects. The focus throughout is to develop your critical thinking, analytical and communication skills.
You learn through
- lectures and seminars
- one-to-one tutorials
- independent study
- film screenings
- masterclasses from authors and industry figures
Course leaders and tutors
Chris Jones is a poet and collaborator on artistic projects
You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and third years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career.
In your second year you have the chance to study abroad as part of an exchange programme.
In your second or final year, you can partake in a work-based project developing specific employability skills, and also focus on learning a foreign language. You have the opportunity to complete a work-based project, gaining professional experience in areas such as literary editing, feature journalism, archiving, heritage, or publicity. Project hosts have included Grimm & Co, National Trust, Sheffield Hallam marketing, and Eckington School.
There are also opportunities throughout the year to experience and work with cultural events, and previous partnerships have included Sheffield's established Off the Shelf literary festival.
We attend performances at theatres including Sheffield's Lyceum and London's Globe, visit a range of museums and heritage sites, and take trips to a range of local places of interest. In your final year, you will be invited on a writing retreat.
We run a regular masterclass series, where published authors, poets and other creative practitioners perform and discuss their work. We also offer a number of one-off events throughout the year, where you can meet and talk with industry professionals, agents and writers. The Students' Union also offers opportunities for publication and publishing.
Come to an open day
Find out more at our undergraduate open days. Book now for June 2019.
This course prepares you for a career in
- business writing
- the media
- graduate training schemes
Student success story
‘During the MA I started to get my work published in magazines. The course helped equip me with the skills needed to confidently take my knowledge into the job market.’
James Giddings, MA Creative Writing, graduate 2015
Where will I study?
You study at City Campus
City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.City Campus map
Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.Learn more
This must include at least 2 A Levels or equivalent BTEC qualifications. For example:
- BBC at A Level.
- DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
- A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies.
- English Language or English Literature at grade C or 4
• Access - at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course.
If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent
Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these will also be considered as part of the selection process. Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website.
We welcome applications from people of any age.
Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.
Additional information for EU/International students
If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.
For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.
The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19
|Module: Epic Transformations||Credits: 20||
|Module: Introduction To Screenwriting||Credits: 20||
|Module: Space, Place And Identity||Credits: 20||
|Module: Writing Prose And Poetry||Credits: 20||
|Module: Writing With Pictures||Credits: 20||
|Module: Writing Yourself: Theory, Practice And Creativity||Credits: 20||
|Module: English In The World||Credits: 20|
|Module: Poetry And Poetics||Credits: 20|
|Module: Story And Narrative||Credits: 20|
|Module: Writing And Environment||Credits: 20|
|Module: Adapting For The Screen||Credits: 20|
|Module: Creative Writing For Young People||Credits: 20|
|Module: Dark Fictions: Deception, Detection And Death||Credits: 20|
|Module: Foreign Language||Credits: 20|
|Module: Gothic House Fiction||Credits: 20|
|Module: Writing From Life||Credits: 20|
|Module: Creative Writing Major Project||Credits: 40|
|Module: Creative Careers||Credits: 20|
|Module: Experimental Writing||Credits: 20|
|Module: Exploring English Education||Credits: 20|
|Module: Foreign Language||Credits: 20|
|Module: Identity And The Body||Credits: 20|
|Module: In Darkest England: Fiction At Work||Credits: 20|
|Module: Representing Modernity 1900-2000: Modernism, Realism, Postmodernism||Credits: 20|
|Module: Science Fiction And Fantasy||Credits: 20|
|Module: Work-Based Project||Credits: 20|
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2019/20 is £9,250 per year.
† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.
Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £13,250 per year.
Financial support for home/EU students
How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.
Additional course costs
This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.Additional costs for English courses (PDF)
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