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Your next chapter: English and Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University

Welcome to the Department of English and Creative Writing.

The Department of English and Creative Writing offers degrees in English Literature, Creative Writing and various joint honours and major/minor combinations with subjects such as Drama, Film, French, German to name a few. Discover more about our courses in a department that is ranked top 10 in the UK for student experience in the subject area of Creative Writing and top 10 for teaching quality for the subject of English (Good University Guide, The Times & The Sunday Times, 2018). 

So why choose the Department of English Literature & Creative Writing?

At Aber (as the locals say), you will be living in a  cosmopolitan multilingual university town, nestled between the rolling Cambrian mountains and the stunning coastline of Cardigan Bay. You’ll be part of a campus university with its own sports centre, an Arts Centre; and you’ll be next door to the National Library of Wales, only one in five copyright libraries in the UK.

The Department of English & Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University is home to a 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.

In the 2017 National Student Survey, our department was ranked top 10 in the UK for English and scored an outstanding 97% overall satisfaction comparted to a UK average of 84%. This demonstrates how we value the quality of our teaching, learning environment and your cultural experience, which are memories that you will treasure forever.

The Department of English & Creative Writing is part of the Institute of Arts and Humanities (IAH). So, alongside our discipline-specific degree programmes, students also benefit from belonging to a culturally rich, interdisciplinary environment that is home to specialists in Education, Modern Languages, Fine Art and Art History, Welsh and Celtic Studies and Theatre, Film and Television Studies.‌

Our exciting and work place relevant degree schemes are highly regarded by both students and employers. Just this year an incredible 95.4% of our graduates were in employment or further study 6 months after graduation (HESA 2017).  This demonstrates that our learning community in which you prosper in gives you a smooth transition from campus to career.

A degree in English Literature is the “gold standard” for any employment setting where communication is valued. All of our modules deliver key skills that enable you to build a comprehensive C.V. that evidences your diverse range of competencies.

Our graduates have been successful across the widest possible range of career destinations:

  • Broadcasting
  • Journalism
  • Advertising
  • Publishing
  • Education
  • Civil Service
  • Business
  • Finance
  • New Media

Take the time to browse through our webpages and find out more about our courses on offer. If you have any questions, please do get in touch with, our contact details are located on the Contact Us option.  If you’ve never visited Aberystwyth, take the time and come along to one of our Open Days, Applicant Visiting Days or even register for one of our Campus Tours so that you can see why we’re rated one of the best Universities in the UK for student satisfaction, and meet some of the staff who’ll be your mentors and guides during your time with us.