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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 9k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 13k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English


    The creative writing programme at Brunel is one of the oldest-established in the UK, and is taught by an uniquely qualified teaching staff fully active in the fields of literature, film, journalism, academia and new media. You will work within a vibrant academic discipline that specialises in contemporary literature and culture, and be part of a School dedicated to the contemporary arts. We are a forward-thinking, industry-focused course that will help you achieve the best from yourself.

    Whether you’re interested in travel writing, journalism, comedy screenwriting, the short story or the contemporary novel, Brunel has a wide range of staff who regularly produce bestselling novels, screenplays for major movies or journalism for the best of the British and international press. Combining this expertise with a supportive environment for students looking to break into writing, the Brunel Creative Writing BA is undoubtedly among the best in the country.


    This course will give you a secure foundation in the techniques of writing fiction, theatre and poetry, and introduce you to the idea of writing as a profession. Within a sound academic environment, you will be able to develop your own creativity and explore different genres of writing under the guidance of experienced staff and practising writers of international standing. Good writing and creative skills have never been more important, especially for anyone seeking a career in the burgeoning Creative Industries field.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline Jnauary 15 Tuition fee
    • GBP 9000 Year (EEA)
    • GBP 13000 Year (Non-EEA)
    UK/EU students: £9,000 full-time; £6,750 part-time ; £1,000 placement year Start date September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 360 ECTS
    Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Part-time, Full-time Intensity Flexible Part-time variant Flexible

    Course Content

    Typical ModulesLevel 1

    • EN1015 Thinking About Literature (20 credits)
    • EN1016 English In Evolution (20 credits)
    • EN1017 Introduction to Writing Fiction (20 credits)
    • EN1018 Introduction to Writing Drama (20 credits)
    Level 2
    • EN2015 Introduction to Writing Poetry (20 credits)
    • EN2017 Writing the Short Story (20 credits)
    • EN2016 Writing Journalism (20 credits)
    • EN2019 Screenwriting (20 credits)
    • EN2025 Writing the Journey (20 credits)
    Level 3
    • EN3000 Major Project or Dissertation (40 credits)
    • EN3028 Writing Modern Fiction (20 credits)
    • EN3029 Writing Comedy (20 credits)
    • EN3030 Minor Project or Dissertation
    • EN3031 Creative Writing and the Creative Industries
    • EN3037 Writing Modern Drama (20 credits)
    In the final year, you will be able to create a major writing project, which may take the form of a short story, a novel fragment, a portfolio of poems, a short play, a short script or a collection of journalism, as well as a minor project in another discipline. You will work on a critical project that supports your writing – so if you choose to write a film comedy, you will be encouraged to study contemporary screen comedy, or if you opt for a short story on a post-colonial theme, you will similarly be expected to study post-colonial fiction.
    This is your opportunity to pursue your individual interest. Whether it’s writing an epic poem, a blockbuster screenplay or a portfolio of journalism, we have members of staff who will share your enthusiasm and help you to achieve your aim.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6.5 CAE score : 60(Grade C) TOEFL paper-based test score : 580 TOEFL iBT® test : 92

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test. More About IELTS


    • GCE A-level ABB – BBB. Typical offer ABB, including Grade B in English or Creative Writing.

    • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma D*DD in a related subject (Applicants without A-level English or Creative Writing will be required to submit a written sample of work on request)

    • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in a related subject with an A-Level in English or Creative Writing at grade A.

    • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in a related subject with A-Levels grade AB including English or Creative Writing.

    • International Baccalaureate Diploma 33 points, including Higher Level 5 in English.

    • Access to Higher EducationDiploma Complete and pass a related subject Access course with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. All English units must be Distinctions at level 3 and for Creative Writing applicants must provide a sample of creative writing.

    GCSE Mathematics grade C and GCSE English grade C are also required.

    Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants within our grade range as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSE’s.

    English Language Requirements

    • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)

    • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)

    • BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Access Bursary

      Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

    • Alumni Bursary

      Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Brunel University.

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