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Year of Entry 2020/21
BA (Honours)

Creative Writing

Full-time English

Bring your creative ideas to life with our expert team of novelists, poets, scriptwriters, editors and agents.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year
International: £13,650 per year
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 112 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? W800
When do I start? September 2020
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Connect with diverse audiences across platforms and media.
  • Study on one of the oldest creative writing courses in the UK.
  • Make lasting writing and publishing connections for the future.
  • Kick-start your career with live briefs and accredited work placements.
  • Customise your learning journey — experimenting with fiction, non-fiction, poetry, script and new media.
  • Have the opportunity to work abroadErasmus funding is available for European placements.

On this course, you’ll focus on your development as a writer and content creator in the global creative industries. You’ll be supported throughout by a network of leading practitioners, editors and publishers, graduating with the practical skills and real-world contacts you need to work as a writer.

Student view
Watch student Lauren O'Donoghue talk about what it’s like to study this course.

How you learn

Watch course leader Yvonne Battle-Felton talk about this course.

You’ll work with academics and writers with national and international profiles in prose fiction, children’s writing, scriptwriting, poetry, commercial non-fiction, digital content, and small press publishing.

Our academics work with companies and clients including The Guardian, the BBC and the Arts Council. They are closely involved in the vibrant Sheffield creative scene, working with festivals year round and with local publishers such as And Other Stories and Opus Independents.

You learn through

  • generating and pitching ideas
  • workshopping your writing
  • working with different audiences
  • live readings and performances
  • publishing
  • writing and sharing your work online
  • specialist workshops, lectures, seminars
  • live projects
  • tutorials
  • writing retreats

There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus programme.

Course leaders and tutors

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
Senior Lecturer

Chris Jones is a poet and collaborator on artistic projects

Applied learning

Work placements and live projects

On this course, you’ll get regular opportunities to showcase your knowledge and skills for our industry, NGO and community partners. You’ll work independently and in teams throughout your studies, bringing your ideas to life in response to real briefs.

In your second year, you’ll curate and build your professional profile by taking a placement in collaboration with one of our partners. This placement will help you to publicise your work, and connect with audiences.

Students have taken opportunities to contribute to

  • Opus Independents — home of Now Then, a Sheffield arts zine
  • Grimm&Co — an award-winning organisation that fosters creativity in young people
  • Off the Shelf
  • Doc/Fest
  • Festival of Debate
  • Children's Literature Festival

Field trips

We run regular field trips such as writing retreats, festival and theatre visits, as well as international trips.

This year, students attended the London Book Fair, reported from the ZEE-Jaipur Literature Festival, and participated in Festival of Debate, Doc/Fest and Off the Shelf.

Creative Writing students also travelled to Montreal to work with film-makers and to Zagreb for the European Short Story Festival.

Networking opportunities

We work with nationally and internationally renowned festivals such as Off the Shelf and Doc/Fest, as well as bringing literary agents, publishers, and high-profile writers to Sheffield to work with our students.

Our regular networking, masterclass events, and literary salons, allow you to get a head start into the writing and publishing industries.

Visiting writers and academics, such as Mary and Brian Talbot (comic writers and illustrators), Nick Thurston (poet), Patrick McGuinness (novelist), and Robert MacFarlane (nature writer) work with students in specialised workshops throughout the year.


There are a range of prizes that recognize student achievement and outstanding contributions to university life. The Hallam Award, for example, recognises students’ exceptional participation in university life, involvement in the Students’ Union, and representation of their peer-groups.

Studying Abroad

You will have the opportunity to experience another learning culture by studying abroad for a semester. We have connections with a wide variety of institutions across the world, including universities in Europe, North America, and Australia.

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Future careers

Previous students have gone on to work in

  • teaching
  • marketing, copywriting, and public relations
  • project and accounts management
  • publishing and literary industries
  • charities and social enterprises
  • journalism
  • digital content design
Student success story
James Giddings

‘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

Find out more about his experience.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you’ll have access to our dedicated humanities suite, including

  • co-working spaces with flexible desks, large screens, laptop library, comfy seating, and a shared kitchen
  • a specialist cinema equipped with state-of-the-art 4K digital projection and twin 35mm film projectors
  • a learning centre holds an extensive collection of subject-specific books, journals, and databases
  • a Skills Centre offering specialist advice to hone essential skills and provide feedback on your academic writing

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112

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'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Epic Transformations Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To Screenwriting Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Space, Place And Identity Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Writing Live Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Writing Prose And Poetry Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Writing With Pictures Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
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
Elective modules
Module Credits
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

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Creative Writing Major Project Credits: 40
Elective modules
Module Credits
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

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2020/21 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.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £13,650 per year.

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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.

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