Have a way with the written word? Want to pursue a creative career? Discover more about our English degree Clearing courses and the pathways you can specialise in. Our English degree courses are designed to prepare you for your future literary career.

Are you a self-proclaimed bookworm? A budding academic? Or a novice podcaster? Whatever your interest, our range of English and creative writing degree Clearing courses will set your creativity alight.

When you study English with us, you’ll be taught by expert tutors with a vast array of experience. Our staff are committed and enthusiastic, as well as being published poets, authors, playwrights, and internationally renowned researchers. Whatever your future career goals, we’re on hand to provide expert guidance throughout your studies to help you take the direction you want to follow.

English Degree Courses

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Our English and creative writing courses are based at our Peel Park campus, which is just a short walk from central Manchester and close to all the cultural benefits the city has to offer – including The Lowry Theatre in Salford, the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, Manchester International Festival, the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, and the Manchester Literature Festival.

You will be taught in small groups that provide the opportunity for meaningful discussion with your tutor and peers. What’s more, our graduates and alumni have secured a range of creative placements and jobs at organisations including the Co-Op, The Home Office, and National Geographic. So, you can be safe in the knowledge that you’ll graduate fully equipped with all the skills you need for career success.

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Explore our English and Creative Writing Degree Courses

We offer several English degree Clearing courses, allowing you to focus on the subject area that interests you the most. At the end of your course, you’ll graduate with a portfolio of work and the confidence you’ll need to make an impact from day one of your new career.

If you are interested in all areas of English, you can combine the disciplines of creative writing, drama, English language, and English literature by opting for our English multidiscipline degree.

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BA (Hons) English Multidiscipline

BA (Hons) English Multidiscipline allows you to combine your interests from a range of modules in English literature, English language, drama, and creative writing. You will be encouraged to pursue your passion and develop vital skills needed for a range of exciting careers in areas such as teaching, media, publishing, marketing, and administration.

The course is taught by expert tutors who deliver a diverse curriculum that engages with culture and identity in the 21st century. Masterclasses with professionals will give you insights into the publishing, theatre, literary and film industries, as well as research into the therapeutic power of creative writing, the work of drama in social settings, or the application of language to health and social services.  

BA (Hons) English Multidiscipline with Foundation Year

If you're interested in our English Multidiscipline course, but need additional preparation, BA (Hons) English Multidiscipline with Foundation Year will help you build your confidence and academic skills. You'll start by studying a foundation year, which will give you the grounding you need to study English at university. Once you complete the foundation year, you'll progress onto English Multidiscipline, where you'll study a mix of core and optional modules in English literature, language, drama, or creative writing.

BA (Hons) English Literature

Whether you’re a practising poet or a blossoming academic, our BA (Hons) English Literature Clearing course will give you the tools you need to take the first step in your literary career. Over the course of three years, you’ll delve into the world of words, studying literature through the lens of diverse theoretical perspectives.

Looking for a course with an interdisciplinary focus? Studying an English Literature Clearing degree at Salford means you’ll also have the chance to choose from modules specialising in language, theatre, film adaptation and creative writing.

BA (Hons) English Literature with Foundation Year

If you have a passion for literature, but need extra support before starting degree-level study, our BA (Hons) English Literature with Foundation Year will help you bridge the gap. During your foundation year, you'll get a grounding in key areas like critical thinking, literary theory and study skills. Once you complete the foundation year, you'll progress onto year one of our English Literature degree course.

BA (Hons) English Language

Language is a fundamental part of what makes us human, but how often do we stop and think about it? It’s a crucial tool for us to be able to communicate our understanding of the world around us. Sound interesting? If so, our BA (Hons) English Language degree is the right option for you. Designed to delve into the varieties and histories of language, this course will give you the training you need to understand how the written and spoken word is structured and acquired. Analysing a range of perspectives, you’ll also explore how linguistics varies across regions, and how words can help us form identities and influence social change.

BA (Hons) English Language with Foundation Year

If you're interested in studying English Language, but need additional support before studying our degree course, consider studying BA (Hons) English Language with Foundation Year. On your foundation year, you'll study a series of modules that will build your academic skills and confidence, and prepare you for the rest of your degree. Once you've completed your foundation year, you will progress onto year one of our English language degree course.  

BA (Hons) Creative Writing (Multidiscipline)

On our BA (Hons) Creative Writing (Multidiscipline) degree course, you’ll also have access to the creative writing opportunities Manchester has to offer. You’ll be joining a thriving community of practising writers, playwrights, and authors, with the chance to flourish in our state-of-the-art campuses in MediaCity and Peel Park – both of which are designed to nurture talent across the city.

Whatever platform or medium you choose to explore, we’ll support you. On this Creative Writing degree, you'll have access to our TV and radio studios, video and audio facilities, and our excellent live performance spaces. Our students, staff and industry also regularly perform shows at our on-campus New Adelphi Theatre to public audiences.

Our Creative Writing programme is ranked in the top 10 for Creative Writing in the Guardian University Guide 2023.

BA (Hons) Creative Writing (Multidiscipline) with Foundation Year

If you want to study creative writing at university, but need additional preparation before you start, then BA (Hons) Creative Writing (Multidiscipline) with Foundation Year is ideal for you. A foundation year will boost your academic skills, build your confidence and develop your wider subject knowledge. Once you've completed your foundation year, you'll progress onto year one of our creative writing degree course, which is designed to inspire and nurture your writing talent, whether you want to explore comedy writing, screenwriting, radio podcasting, theatre or more.

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If you have a question about studying any of our courses, or you’d like to learn more about joining the University of Salford, contact our friendly team today on +44 (0)161 295 4545 or enquiries@salford.ac.uk.