About the Department

English and Creative Writing at Aberystwyth: An Outstanding Performance for an Exceptional Student Experience (NSS 2016)

Aberystwyth University’s English & Creative Writing Department received exceptional scores in the latest National Student Survey.

The English Department received an outstanding rating of 96% for overall satisfaction in the NSS 2016, compared to a UK average of 86%.

All of the Department’s undergraduate degree courses surveyed saw high overall satisfaction ratings, with English Literature scoring 97% and English Literature & Creative Writing 94%. An outstanding result and a exceptional performance. Come and join us for Your Next Chapter...

Female student reading in the libraryThe Department of English & Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University is home to a vibrant community of researchers, teachers and students. We are committed to nurturing our students’ critical thinking and creativity and our degrees deliver life-long skills that will lead you into the world of work and beyond. Our curriculum has been carefully designed to allow you to progress from initial encounters with literary texts and early attempts at composition to becoming skilful attenuated readers, researchers and writers with the confidence to work across a broad range of genres and in various modes. Combining the very best elements of traditional literary studies with exciting and innovative approaches to our subjects, we offer our students the opportunity to explore the texts and authors that fire their own imaginations, to experiment with form in their own writing and to develop skills that are valued in the workplace. As a student you will have access to the support you need to learn, develop and excel in your chosen subjects, we take pride in providing excellent, personalised, academic and pastoral support for all of our students.

We inspire our students with a research-led education of the highest quality and our teaching and assessment are routinely ranked as excellent in national satisfaction surveys. In this Department you will encounter lecturers who are respected nationally and internationally for their contribution to research and who are committed to communicating their knowledge and skills to the students they teach and support. Beach Forrest at BorthOur team of literary scholars and ‌award-winning writers has‌ successfully fostered the talents of countless students who have gone on to great successes in a range of professional fields.

The Department of English & Creative Writing is part of the Institute of Literature, Languages and the Creative Arts (ILLCA). So, alongside their discipline-specific degree programmes, students also benefit from belonging to a culturally rich, interdisciplinary environment that is home to specialists in European languages, Fine Art and Art History, Celtic Studies and Theatre and Media Studies.‌

Male student browsing the rare books collectionAs the internationally renowned “cultural capital” of Wales, Aberystwyth is a truly unique place to study. Not only is the University situated in one of the most attractive landscapes in the UK, but it also offers first-class academic resources and learning opportunities. We enjoy a cutting-edge IT infrastructure and modern, fully equipped teaching spaces, as well as the more traditional benefits associated with learning in a University environment. The Department is well served by the University library which, above and beyond the usual array of scholarly and critical editions, houses a fascinating collection of rare books that are a delight to anyone interested in reading and the art of textual production. We also have, literally on our doorstep, the National Library of Wales – one of only six copyright institutions entitled to receive a copy of every book published in the UK.