Literature and Creative Writing BA (Hons)

UCAS code Q32W

What is special about this course?

Are you passionate about reading and interested in the study of literature, but also keen on developing your own creative writing? If so, this exciting BA (Hons) Literature and Creative Writing degree gives you the chance to do both.

You will explore literature in a global context, looking in-depth at language and literary history within texts and on the international literary stage. You will also receive a solid grounding in the creative principles, in both form and structure, of four of the main areas of creative writing: poetry, prose, playwriting and the screenplay. You will explore how these can inform and support other areas of professional writing in gaming, advertising, marketing, vlogs etc.

Taught by experienced staff from a variety of literary, creative and professional backgrounds, you will cover a wide range of authors, in English and translation, as well as theory from classic to contemporary. With a solid foundation in genres and periods in years one and two, and research-based modules in years three and four, you will become a confident and enthusiastic writer, researcher and reader.

There will be two mandatory residentials in the first year, plus additional residentials in subsequent years, and you will be required to self-fund any travel to these, and cover accommodation and subsistence costs.

Special features

  • Present your own work using traditional methods as well as new technologies and publishing platforms
  • Engage with experienced staff from a variety of literary, creative and professional backgrounds
  • There are a number of residential held during the course where you will have the opportunity to meet with fellow-students and staff

Accommodation

We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade BBC or above, OR
  • 2 A levels at grade BC or above
  • Must include English at grade C or above, plus one from the list of relevant subjects (Please note: Higher ESOL is not accepted in place of Higher English for this programme)
  • Applicants with other qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis
  • You will be required to submit a portfolio of up to 3,000 words containing three examples of creative writing (preferably in three different styles or genres) and also attend an interview (this may be either in person, over the phone, or via Skype)

Access routes

SWAP Access courses
If you are eligible to undertake Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP), please visit our SWAP access list for further information on grade profiles and available subjects.
 

Year 1 - CertHE

Core modules are:

  • Theories of literature
  • Introduction to creative writing skills
  • Travellers in the wilderness: literature and exile
  • Reading as a writer

You will also choose two option modules which may include:

Literature:

  • Reading fiction: an introduction
  • Reading drama: an introduction
  • Reading poetry: an introduction

Creative Writing:

  • Writing for film: introduction to screenplay
  • Creative project: creative journal
  • Writing poetry
  • Creative project: portfolio

Year 2 - DipHE

Literature modules may include:

  • Introduction to Gaelic poetry
  • Medieval literature: texts and contexts
  • Theatrical powerplay: classical and modern tragedy
  • Heroic literature: epic from classical to contemporary

Creative writing modules may include:

  • Writing from the north: context and criticism
  • Developing creative writing skills
  • Creative project: literary competitions
  • Writing for film: writing a screenplay
  • Creative project: peer assessment
  • Introduction to publishing or writing for children and young people

Year 3 - BA

Literature modules may include:

  • Romantic genius: Scottish and European literature, 1750-1830
  • Literary borrowings: adaptations and appropriations
  • Risk anything! The modernist short story
  • Imagining new worlds: renaissance literature and thought
  • Nature writing and ecology

Creative Writing modules may include:

  • Authors and audiences
  • Creative project: researching your writing
  • Introduction to Orkney and Shetland literature or Scottish writing or creative non-fiction
  • Writing for performance
  • Writing experience placement 
  • Creative project: writing what you know

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will choose either:

  • Final creative project (literary magazine/anthology) OR
  • Dissertation (literature)

You will also study one option module from your choice above, plus three option modules from the other subject.

Literature modules may include:

  • Avant-garde literature
  • Apocalyptic fictions
  • Satire: the art of attack
  • Metafiction: self-referential texts

Creative Writing modules may include:

  • Crime pays
  • Publishing practice
  • Writing in the marketplace
  • Social media skills for writers

How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

From September 2021, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as restrictions shift and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. From September, where practical and safe to do so, on-campus practical delivery will be prioritised in line with the Scottish Government guidance, including social distancing, where this is not possible alternative options will be available. The theory elements will primarily be delivered online through a combination of tutor-supported study, video-based seminars and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You can access your online and video-based classes from home however it is our intention to provide on-campus space for individual students where required as far as possible. Further information will be provided by your home campus. You will have an opportunity to attend an online induction at the start of the course. International students requiring a Student Route visa to study with us must access scheduled classes on-campus.
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will learn through a combination of face-to-face and/or video conference seminars, residentials and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors. There is a weekly two-hour timetabled video conference lecture for most modules which students should attend at their home campus

How long will my course last?


  • Full-time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week
  • Part-time (structured): 8 years @ 20 hours per week
  • Part-time (unstructured): Variable

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.


Where can I study my course?

  • Argyll College UHI
  • Inverness College UHI
  • Lews Castle College UHI
  • Moray College UHI
  • North Highland College UHI
  • Orkney College UHI
  • Shetland UHI
  • West Highland College UHI

Start date

  • September

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
Degrees2020-212021-22
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

Full-timeLevel2020-212021-22
Year 1 CertHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £9,000
Year 4 Honours free free

4th year free only for students studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500.

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK

Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Scottish Government has confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals starting their study in Scotland from academic year 2021-22, who do not have settled or pre-settled status, will be considered as international for fee purposes. For 2021-22, students will get an automatic scholarship of £3,000 per annum and the 4th year of study will be free for those studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

Year Level 2021-22 Full-time With scholarship
Year 1 HNC £12,360 £9,360 
Year 2 HND £12,360 £9,360 
Year 3 Degree £12,360 £9,360
Year 4 Honours Free Free

Students will need Student Route visa sponsorship to study on the UK.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

  2020-212021-22
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £12,000 £12,360
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year** £6,000 £6,180
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)** £2,000 £2,060

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK, EU and international undergraduate students for continuous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of this course, you may be interested in pursuing a career in:

  • Creative writing
  • Publishing
  • Gaming
  • Theatre
  • Museums and archives
  • Heritage sector
  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Media
  • Teaching

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress from BA (Hons) Literature and Creative Writing to the following UHI postgraduate courses:

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