Welcome to the Department of English Studies, a vibrant hub for lovers of literature and creative writing. Our carefully designed courses, BA (Hons) English Literature and BA (Hons) English Literature with Creative Writing, foster a deep appreciation for the literary world and offer a platform for those aspiring to write creatively with both designed to kindle your love for literature and empower your creativity.
Our English Literature degree enhances your understanding of literary criticism, broadens your knowledge of various literary movements, and encourages you to become a free-thinking critic. The Creative Writing pathway develops your imaginative writing skills and introduces you to arts management and publishing with the opportunity to create and launch your own anthology.
Additionally, both pathways provide opportunities to explore topics of your choice in a final-year dissertation project, from classic literary analysis to contemporary themes to a body of original creative writing.
Our department runs an annual Literary Festival featuring esteemed authors and poets and offers an opportunity to engage with the city of Peterborough's vibrant literary scene. We also work with the creative writing magazine Mono and offer students the opportunity to gain publishing experience with the editorial team.
Malcolm Bradbury Scholarship Bursary
The Malcolm Bradbury Scholarship Bursary of £7500 is available to students from underrepresented and/or socio-economic backgrounds. The bursary will support living costs that allow students time to develop and promote literacy activities.
Are you passionate about literature? Are you always reading books, thinking about books and talking about books? Are you an imaginative and creative person, and do you want to work in a career that draws on these talents? If so, our English Literature degree might be the course just for you.
In your first year, you will be introduced to the key skills that have traditionally underpinned creative writing such as creative practices, critical writing, narrative and characterization as well as studying the literary modules.