English and Creative Writing

Discover an exciting range of dynamic degrees in creative writing and literary studies

English and Creative Writing

Discover an exciting range of dynamic degrees in creative writing and literary studies

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Develop your critical and creative voices

English and Creative Writing courses

Discover our dynamic and exciting courses with a wide range of single and joint honours

Our courses are taught by practising and published critics, literary theorists and world-leading writers, who work together to deliver a broad range of courses.

Our selection of single and joint honours courses allow you to incorporate academic study from across the humanities and build your degree around your passions.

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BA (Hons) Creative Writing

Develop your voice as a writer as you learn from one of the most established and experienced teaching teams in the UK.
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BA (Hons) English Literature

Explore your passion for English literature as you critically engage with a wide range of texts from the Renaissance to the modern day.
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BA (Hons) Creative Writing and English

Develop your skills as both a creative and a critical writer with the help of one of the most established and experienced teaching teams in the UK.
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BA (Hons) English Literature and History

Explore your passion for both literature and history as you analyse texts from variety of from a variety of contexts, time periods, and authors.
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BA (Hons) Creative Writing and History

Develop your skills as a writer and grow your ability to critically engage with historical debate.
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BA (Hons) Creative Writing and Philosophy & Ethics

Gain skills in creative writing as you engage in critical debate around key philosophical and ethical questions.
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BA (Hons) Creative Writing and Theology

This thought-provoking and insightful degree develops your skills in creative writing alongside theological analysis, critical debate, and research.
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BA (Hons) Creative Writing and Screenwriting

Master the fundamental skills in creative writing alongside an in-depth understanding of writing for the screen.
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MA Creative Writing

Focus on the craft of writing on a postgraduate course designed to develop your skills, experiment with form, and explore writing within different genres.
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BA (Hons) Screenwriting

Find your own voice and gain the skills and disciplines required for a future career the screen industries.
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MA English Literature

Develop into an independent researcher as you meet and learn experts in the field who are enthusiastic about the study of English literature.

Expert teaching staff

Learn from leading experts and published writers

Reader in English Literature

Dr Leeson is the Director of the Iris Murdoch Research Centre and is an expert in women’s literature of the 20th century.

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

Karen is a multi-award winning writer who specialises in the contemporary novel, children’s fiction and short fiction.

Professor of Critical Theory

Professor Noys focuses on critical and literary theory, with particular interest in the avant-garde, film, and cultural politics.

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Creative Writing

Discover our innovative Creative Writing courses

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The craft of writing

Explore writing as a craft as you learn the foundations of great storytelling

Learn to understand the world around you and explore the your creativity through a writer’s notebook, tap into your own experience to inform your creative thinking, and use the wider world as inspiration for your writing.

Find your form

Learn to write for a diverse range of forms to find the one that fits for you

You will have the opportunity to learn, and then specialise in, a wide-range of creative writing disciplines including: fiction, novels, screenplays and creative non-fiction.

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Industry insight

Engage industry professionals and widen your network

Gain the opportunity to engage with the wider creative writing industry through regular readings from guest writers, book launches, and an annual publishing panel where you can meet and talk with agents and editors.

Graduate success

Join a successful community of writers who learned their craft at Chichester

In recent years, students have gone on to publish novels, poetry collections, win prizes in major competitions such as the Bridport Prize and have poems and stories in magazines such as The Paris Review and Staple.

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Dr Miles Leeson

English Literature

Learn more about English Literature at Chichester

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Study the greats

Examine the work of some of the most influencial writers

Gain a deeper insight into the work of some of the most
well-respected writers, including authors such as Jane Austin, Oscar Wilde, and Charles Dickens.

Go beyond tradition

Expand your horizons as you study exciting genres that push beyond realism

Explore literature from across a plethora of genres that go beyond traditional ‘realism’, with options to study fantasy, fairy tales, Afrofuturism, science fiction, and gothic literature, as you understand more about how they formed within their historical and cultural origins.

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Women's writing

Dedicated modules that explore the history and women in literature

Learn from leading experts in contemporary women’s writings as you explore the evolution of the literary work of women throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.

Critical eye

Develop you knowledge of literary theory from Sigmund Freud to Judith Butler

Learn about the history of critical theory and its relationship to wider political and social movements both in Britain and around the world as you explore modernity, feminist theory, structuralism and psychoanalysis.

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PhD study

Choose Chichester to develop your specialism within English and Creative Writing

The University of Chichester welcomes applications for doctorial candidates and those choosing to study with us benefit from working with specialists in their respective fields who have national and international reputations.

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