Creative Writing BA (Hons)

Find your voice and discover your own creative writing path through studying with us at DMU. By embedding stimulating themes throughout our distinctive course structure we give you the opportunity to develop skills across fiction, poetry, memoir, the graphic novel, screenwriting, non-fiction, audio and performance writing, concrete poetry and new media.

Course details

You can select a route through this degree in Drama, Education, English Language, English Literature, Film, History, Journalism or Media.
  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intake: Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Location: Leicester campus

De Mortfort University

Course overview

You’ll examine the relationship between word, image, and sound and, by the end of your course, you won’t just be writing – you’ll also be producing your own professional-standard publications. As a final confidence boost we include final-year voice coaching to help you leave DMU as a self-assured public performer.

We’ll help you to experiment and push beyond your comfort zone to produce podcasts, audio-visual pieces and multimedia digital work.

Creative Writing at DMU is ranked number one in the UK for graduate prospects (Complete University Guide, 2023).


Entry requirements

104 points from at least 2 A’levels
BTEC Extended Diploma DMM

International Baccalaureate: 24+ Points or
T Levels Merit
Plus five GCSEs grades 9-4 including English Language or Literature at grade 4 or above.

Pass Access with 30 Level 3 credits at Merit (or equivalent) and GCSE English (Language or Literature) at grade 4 or above.

We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English Language or Literature at grade 4 or above


The course will equip you with a broad range of transferrable skills for careers within and beyond the creative industries including creative thinking, critical analysis, problem solving, research, independent study, editing, digital writing, publishing and proof reading. We will encourage you to think more widely about employability, and to recognise – and articulate to employers – the rich skills you bring to any workplace.

Our graduates go on to careers in a variety of areas such as writing, teaching, publishing and PR, while others undertake further studies such as the Creative Writing MA at DMU.


Note: All modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review. Exact modules may, therefore, vary for your intake in order to keep content current. If there are changes to your course we will, where reasonable, take steps to inform you as appropriate.

  • Block 1: Exploring Creative Writing
  • Block 2: Writing Identity
  • Block 3: Writers Salon OR you can select to study one route from the list below:
    Drama route – Shifting Stages
    English Language route – Evolving Language
    English Literature route – Introduction to Drama: Shakespeare
    Film Studies route – Disney, Warner Bros and the Business of the Film Studio
    Education route – Childhood, Social Justice and Education
    History route – Global Cities
    Journalism route – Understanding Journalism
    Media route – Media, Culture and Society
  • Block 4: Shaping Ideas
  • Block 1: Writing Place
  • Block 2: Word, Image, Sound
  • Block 3: Story Craft OR continue with the route selected in the first year:
    Drama route – Theatre Revolutions
    English Language route – Sociolinguistics
    English Literature route – Text Technologies
    Film Studies route – Screen Archives – Preservation, Conservation and Usage
    Education route – Preparing for Professional Practice and Cultural and Educational Transformations
    History route – Humans and the Natural World
    Journalism route – Beyond News: Peace Journalism and Opinion Writing
    Media route – Public Relations and Strategic Communication
  • Year Long: Personal Projects
  • Block 1: Genre Specialism
  • Block 2: Writing and Publishing
  • Block 3: Uncreative Writing, Creative Misbehavior OR continue with the route selected in the first year:
    Drama route – Performance, Identity and Activism
    English Language route – Language and Identity
    English Literature route – World Englishes: On the Page and Beyond
    Film Studies route – British Cinema – Creativity, Independents and Interdependence
    Education route – Adult Learners and Lifelong Learning OR Reflection on Practice: Teaching and Learning OR Gender and Education
    History route – The World on Display
    Journalism route – Music, Film and Entertainment Journalism
    Media route – Gender and TV Fictions
  • Year Long: Dissertation