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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.

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...

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Course Content

 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.

In your final year you will have the opportunity to take part in a writing retreat at a country house in mid Wales - an amazing opportunity to spend time with fellow students and staff, developing your final year projects and dissertations, in a splendid rural setting.

 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...

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Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 104 - 120

A Levels BBB-BCC to include B in an English related subject

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-DMM with a specified subject

International Baccalaureate:
30-28 with 5 points in an English related subject at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall with 7 in an English related subject

UCAS Tariff 104 - 120 A Levels BBB-BCC to include B in an English related subject GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4): English or Welsh BTEC National Diploma: DDM-DMM with a specified subject International Baccalaureate: 30-28 with 5...

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Assessment Methods

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

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