Want to get published? Learn the all-important techniques by studying some of the world’s most famous writers. Share your writing with published authors and other students in a supportive environment, while developing critical and literary skills that will help you catch the eye of publishers, agents and other employers.
Develop your writing with help from our award winning poets, short story writers and novelists.
On our writing modules, you’ll develop your creative and professional writing skills through independent work as well as in our interactive workshops and seminars. We offer modules in social media and events organisation, and the opportunity to explore the world of publishing. Our teaching staff will give you invaluable feedback – as will your fellow students. Combining this with an exploration of areas such as grammar, style and critical writing, you’ll discover new ways to express your literary talent.
By studying Writing and English Literature, you’ll explore how our most treasured authors approached their craft, and apply this knowledge to your own writing. Our English literature modules allow you to balance your study of traditional writers like Shakespeare, Milton, Wordsworth, Dickens and Woolf with an exploration of genres such as modern science fiction, children's literature and contemporary women's writing. We have specialists in nineteenth century radical and religious literature, in modernism, the Gothic and children’s literature.
Throughout the course, you’ll be supported by published writers, critics, journalists and professionals from related fields, who can show you the skills and techniques that publishers look for in new writers.
Course Leader: Dr Colette Paul
Our past students now enjoy careers in writing, teaching, journalism, television, radio, the music industry, arts administration, gallery work, fundraising, personnel, publishing, librarianship, marketing, local government, publicity, social work, tourism and IT-related industries.
Our work-based modules, such as Working in English, Communication, Film and Media in Year 3, will give you vital experience of related professions like publishing, the media industries, teaching or arts administration.
If you’re hoping to get published, you can seek advice from our writing tutors, many of whom are published authors, as well as our Royal Literary Fund fellow.
You’ll also benefit from our links with industry and professional bodies, including Cambridge University Press, Windhorse Publishing, Writers' Centre Norwich, WriteOn!, Sayle Literary Agency and CB1 Poetry.
We work closely with the University’s Careers and Employability Service to ensure you receive all the support and advice you need to develop your professional skills. We also host employability events that bring together professionals and practitioners from a variety of disciplines including publishing, modern languages, printing and art design, writing and poetry, media consultancy, teaching, events organisation and festival direction.
You’ll show your progress through a combination of writing portfolios, critical commentaries, presentation, performance, video and audio recordings, proposals, reading journals, exams, essays and reviews.
Each year you’ll prepare a Personal Development Portfolio, which includes a CV and personal statement. This will give you the chance to reflect on your progress to date, the skills you’ve developed and any extracurricular activities that will help you when looking for work.
The Department of English and Media is a community of more than 800 students, exploring subjects that further their understanding of culture and communication in the global age, from film studies to applied linguistics. We focus on skills and knowledge valued by employers, and provide our students with valuable industry insight through our links with creative partners.
Our students take part in many activities to help prepare them for the future, like work placements, study abroad opportunities, talks by internationally acclaimed guest speakers, and research conferences. They even have the chance to get writing advice from our Royal Literary Fund Fellow.
We’re part of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, a hub of creative and cultural innovation whose groundbreaking research has real social impact.
You can apply to spend one semester in Years 2 or 3 studying at Universidad de Huelva, Spain or Valparaiso University, Indiana, USA.
We organise many extra-curricular activities, like the annual three-day trip to Stratford-upon-Avon theatre, poetry and writing evenings, and research symposia and conferences. You’ll also be able to join the Anglia Ruskin Literary Society, which organises trips to local plays and poetry readings, organises workshops, and hosts guest speakers and performance evenings; or Cambridgeshire Ink, a writing website run by graduates from the course.
Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.
Grants and scholarships are available for:
We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.
Important additional notes
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
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