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English Literature and Creative Writing are a perfect combination at degree level.

English Literature introduces you to important, exciting, diverse writers from across the centuries and the globe, and Creative Writing allows you to explore literary creativity from the inside: creating characters, shaping poems, and drawing on your imagination.

Courses for 2022/23

There are two ways to explore Creative Writing at Reading. You can enrol directly onto one of our Creative Writing joint degree programmes, such as:

Creative Writing modules are compulsory as part of these programmes.

Alternatively, single honours English Literature students who take a Creative Writing module in the first year can switch to the joint honours English Literature with Creative Writing degree at the end of that same year.

Looking for 2021/22 courses

If you would like to start studying Creative Writing in the Department of English Literature in 2021, please view our 2021/22 undergraduate courses.

Fees and funding

There is a variety of funding support available to our undergraduate students. You may be eligible for government loans, grants or bursaries.

Students from the UK can receive government loans to help towards tuition fees and living costs. UK students may also be eligible for other grants and bursaries depending on their circumstances.

Fees and funding at the University of Reading

Careers

Your degree in English Literature opens many doors. As a University of Reading graduate, you will enter the job market with well-developed skills in oral communication and research, and writing, together with a high level of cultural literacy and critical sophistication.

Our students move on to successful careers in fields including publishing, TV and film production, journalism, public relations, law, marketing, and education. Some go on to further study in English Literature, while others undertake vocational training for careers including law, teaching, and psychology.

We offer support and guidance throughout your time at Reading to help you decide on your career path and to develop your CV.

How you'll study

Explore literature from all angles, discuss and debate published texts and those of your peers, and produce your own piece of creative writing.

Why study with us?

Learn from expert academics in small supportive groups in a department that has a century-long history of innovation in English studies.

Our stories

Read stories from our staff, students, and alumni to find out what it's like to study English Literature at the University of Reading.