Undergraduate BA (Hons)

English Literature and Creative Writing

Find your voice as a writer in a city steeped in rich literary tradition, from Dickens to Chaucer to Marlowe.

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Course overview

Explore the rich traditions of literature while developing your talents as a writer, editor and publisher in our unique project-based programme. Covering British, Irish, American, Indigenous, Postcolonial and World literatures, English Literature and Creative Writing at Kent is truly global, cutting edge, creative, interactive, and vibrant.

Creativity is at the heart of everything we do within this course. You have the opportunity to shape your degree according to your interests; you might make a documentary film, script a video game, assemble a journal, compose a collection of poetry, write a novella or plan and pitch an exhibition.

Our course covers a variety of genres, so you can study something you already love or develop a new passion for a different genre. Whether you love Jane Austen or William Shakespeare, dystopian fiction, the gothic or modern and contemporary poetry, we specialise in the literature you are passionate about.

You can also take this course as single honours BA (Hons) English Literature. Find out more about the course here: English Literature at Kent.

Why study English Literature and Creative Writing at Kent?

Grow your confidence

Daisy already lived near Kent, so decided to add a Year Abroad to experience time away from home and gain some independence.

Student satisfaction.

Over 87% of final-year English students were satisfied with the quality of teaching on their course in The Guardian University Guide 2024

Student success

English Literature and Creative Writing student Hyla Etame, recently had her poem, published by the online literary journal Blue Marble Review.

Did you know?

Our graduates include authors David Mitchell and Sarah Waters, Nobel-Prize winners, Kazuo Ishiguro and Abdulrazak Gurnah.

Career success

English Literature alumna Sian explains what it's like to work as a Production Controller in Penguin Random House UK.  

Everything you need to know about our English Literature and Creative Writing course

Entry requirements

During Clearing our entry requirements change in real time to reflect the supply and demand of remaining course vacancies. If you think you've found the course for you, apply now to start your Kent journey this September.

Course structure

Learn essentials of creative writing practice, while taking modules on the major forms of literature, as well as option modules on how literature addresses crucial issues such as the environment, power and protest, the social impacts of technology or contemporary feminism.

How you'll study

All modules are taught by weekly seminars. In addition to seminars, the majority of literature modules also include a weekly lecture. The majority of Stage 2 and Stage 3 Creative Writing modules also include a weekly workshop.

Abdulrazak Gurnah wins Nobel Prize in Literature

Kent Alumnus and Emeritus Professor Abdulrazak Gurnah won the Nobel Prize in Literature 2021. Join all of us at Kent in celebrating this remarkable achievement.

Your future

Whether you have a specific career in mind or haven’t thought beyond university, we can help you plan for success. At Kent, we prepare you for your creative and professional life. We offer you rigorous academic training in all aspects of literary history, critical theory and creative writing.

You’ll develop the creative competence you need to succeed in any field you’d like to explore. By offering you a varied range of assessments, we’ll help you to hone the digital skills, critical thinking, communication and information-processing skills that are essential in the 21st-century job market.

Our courses embed employability at every turn with modules that focus on careers in growing and emerging sectors; we’ll demonstrate how your degree can give you options in the creative industries and beyond.

A style of your own.
Within the School of English at Kent you benefit from the experience of our team of published authors and poets who guide you towards developing your own voice as a writer.

Pursuing your passion for literature

I liked the range of the literature we studied at Kent – the fact that we looked at all sorts of genres, from all sorts of periods.

Hear from Kent Graduate Sarah Waters on her time at Kent and her journey to becoming an award-winning author

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry

The 2024/25 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  • UK
    £9,250
  • EU
    £18,600
  • International
    £18,600
  • UK
    £4,625
  • EU
    £9,300
  • International
    £9,300

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Fees for year in industry

Fees for undergraduate students are £1,850.

Fees for year abroad

Fees for undergraduate students are £1,385.

Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status.

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 

Scholarships

We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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Kent has risen 11 places in THE’s REF 2021 ranking, confirming us as a leading research university.

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