Undergraduate Study

The Department of English Literature and Creative Writing delivers an outstanding student experience. In the most recent National Student Survey (NSS 2016) we recieved an impressive rating of 96% for overall satisfaction compared to the UK average of 86%. All of the Department's undergraduate courses surveyed saw high overall satisfaction ratings, with English Literature scoring 97% and English Literature and Creative Writing scoring 94%. We gained the maximum score of 100% for our learning resources, ranking us first throughout the UK, whilst feedback on work stood at 98%, significantly higher than the national average in this crucial category. 

Have a look at our sample Summer Reading List for students starting Year 1 which will whet your appetite for modules usually studied in the first year.

English Literature (Q300)

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Our English Literature degree will nurture your interest in the beauty of the written word, develop your knowledge of literature of the past and the present, whilst training you in the key skills of analytical reading and critical thinking. We focus on the analysis of a broad range of literature and its various cultural contexts as well as familiarising students with literary theory and the philosophical frameworks that inform and shape the way we read. For more information visit the English Literature course page.

English & Creative Writing (QW38)

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As well as providing you with opportunities to practise writing across in a range of techniques, this degree also encourages, and provides training in, critical reading and thinking. The English Literature and Creative Writing degree is based on the assumption that you need to be a good reader to be a good writer and so, we encourage our students to cross-pollinate ideas in this dynamic, integrated programme of literary and creative study. For more information visit the English & Creative Writing course page.

Creative Writing (W801)

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The BA in Creative Writing is a vocational degree offered across departments within the Institute of Literature Languages and the Creative Arts. This degree programme provides exciting and diverse opportunities for writing in a broad variety of forms and genres. Under the expert guidance of a team of award winning writers you will develop creative skills that will enable you to work confidently and effectively in a whole host of styles that are valued and widely sought by employers. Our aim is to stimulate, encourage and challenge your creativity, ensuring that by the end of your degree you will have not only a portfolio of exceptional creative material but also the skills and attributes to flourish in any workplace that demands the craft of the written word. For more information vsist the Creative Writing course page.

Joint Honours Programmes

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Many of our students choose to follow a joint honours degree programme, taking the core elements of two subjects and drawing from a pool of optional topics. Joint honours students are organised and demonstrate the academic flexibility needed to meet the demands of two distinct subjects. At Aberystwyth English Literature (Q300) can be combined with one other subject chosen from four broad areas: social sciences, cultural studies, creative arts and languages. Creative Writing (W801) can also be studied in combination with one other subject offered by the Institute of Languages Literature and Creative Arts. For more information on the Joint honours programmes we offer visit the University's undergraduate course pages.