Develop as a creative and professional writer while exploring the writing that has shaped, and been shaped by, different societies by studying our BA (Hons) Writing and English Literature degree in Cambridge.
Explore professional writing techniques and learn to write compelling narratives whether you want to write poetry, drama, short fiction, news, features, or something else. You’ll improve your writing skills with invaluable feedback from professional writers, and workshops with your fellow students.
You’ll also find out how English literature is shaped by its historical and cultural context, and how, in turn, it influences individual readers and the whole of society. You’ll also learn about many other subjects, including history, politics, religion, psychology and history of art, which will enrich your writing. Your deeper understanding of literary texts will improve your abilities as a writer.
You can tailor your Writing and English Literature degree to your ideal career with our wide range of optional modules, including work-based modules in Years 2 and 3. We’ll support you to find work placements relevant to your chosen career. You can also take an optional placement year.
You’ll also have the option to learn a language with our Anglia Language Programme in Years 2 and 3, and/or study abroad for a semester and apply for funding to help cover the cost.
You’ll develop many skills besides writing, including literacy, communication, research, creative thinking, self-reliance and teamwork, all of which can help you start a career in many different areas.
A 60 second seminar from Dr Bettina Beinhoff, Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and English Language at ARU
A 60 second seminar from Professor Eugene Giddens, Skinner-Young Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature at ARU
A 60 second seminar from Dr Tory Young, Principal Lecturer in English Literature at ARU
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Course Leader and Senior Lecturer, BA (Hons) Writing & English Literature and BA (Hons) Writing & Film
Course Leader, MA Creative Writing; Co-Course Leader MA Publishing; Senior Lecturer, Creative Writing and Publishing
Senior Lecturer and Course Leader
Associate Professor, English Literature
Skinner-Young Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature Course Leader, MA Children's Literature
Professor of English Literature Course Leader, MA Science Fiction and Fantasy
Professor of English Literature; Admissions Tutor; International Exchange and Study Abroad Partnerships and Erasmus Coordinator
Research Convenor in English Literature
Our BA (Hons) Writing and English Literature students go on to successful careers in a variety of fields, including journalism, teaching, writing, television, radio, the music industry, gallery work and arts administration.
The literacy, creativity, problem-solving, research, analysis and communication skills our Writing and English Literature students gain are highly valued by employers. You’ll also learn to work well independently and as part of a team.
You could also continue your studies, developing your specialisms or starting an exciting career in research with our Masters degrees in English Literature, Children's Literature, and Creative Writing and Publishing. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.
"Finding the confidence to send my writing out into the world was a hard step for me, but I pushed myself and I’m proud of that."
BA (Hons) Writing and English Literature studentJennifer's story
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