Dissertation: Creative Writing - ENGL9970

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Year 7 60 (30) Scarlett Thomas checkmark-circle


Since the module allows each student to pursue his or her own creative writing interests under guidance, the curriculum will vary according to students' interests and be flexible enough to accommodate their development.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 3
Private Study Hours: 597
Total Study Hours: 600

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
Dissertation (12,000 words) – 100%

Reassessment methods

Indicative reading

The module is inevitably geared to students' own hugely divergent areas of interest and there can be no universal reading list. It is hoped that they will read widely in areas appropriate to their own projects, conduct practical or Web research where necessary and feel welcome to consult any of the CW staff – or indeed any of the staff in the School of English – in the pursuit of particular reading suggestions for a specific project.

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate their skills and understanding of creative writing in a sustained piece of work;
2 Demonstrate their high-level conceptual, structural and expressive creative writing skills in a piece of work long enough to give a flavour of wider expectations and a real publishing environment;
3 Demonstrate a deeper and realistic understanding of the likely future direction and present achievements of their creative work;
4 Demonstrate independence and the ability to take responsibility for the development of their own writing.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate their capacity to generate and complete sustained imaginative projects and research;
2 Demonstrate critical, analytical and problem-solving skills as they relate to a larger structural entity;
3 Demonstrate sensitivity to the power and appropriateness of the written word in a more complex context;
4 Demonstrate advanced communicative and interpretative skills;
5 Demonstrate confidence and the ability to work independently from an original idea.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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