Explore how literature shapes, reflects and challenges human experience. With tutoring from expert staff, you’ll apply your ideas and knowledge to live briefs from professional partners in publishing, literary festivals, and the writing industries.
|Course Duration||3 years|
Studying in a thriving and diverse community, you’ll consider the ever-changing relationship between literature and the contemporary reader. You'll read, write, review, and learn about the professional contexts of writing - from small presses to the impact of digital technologies. On top of working on your dissertation, industry-engaged projects and online profile, you’ll explore important arguments and ideas, like what literature has meant in the past, and its role in today's creative economy.
What our students do
What our graduates do
Our alumni have gone to work as journalists and editors for The Telegraph and Hindustan Times, copywriters at creative content agencies, and parliamentary researchers.
What you'll learn
From Milton to McEwan, you’ll explore writing connections between countries and across time. You'll learn about literature's involvement in dissent, social change, censorship, the environment, and commercial areas like publishing and literary festivals.
You’ll gain a deep understanding of how the written word functions - through history and into the digital age. So you can graduate with an in-depth knowledge of literature, how it shapes the world, and its place in the creative economy.
Growing your knowledge and skills, you’ll explore the ever-changing relationship between literature and the modern reader. You'll be immersed in literary culture - reading, writing, reviewing, and learning about professional issues - from small presses to the impact of digital technologies.
Print Culture in Time
Reading & Writing as a Critic
Introduction to Publishing
You'll explore connections between different historical periods - like Victorian Literature or Modernism - and 21st century writing. Optional modules look outwards at how literature has shaped the world around us, covering topics like censorship, literary tourism, and environmental concerns.
Monarchy & Dissent
Reinventing the Victorians
Revolution & Romanticism
Popular Fiction & Non- Fiction
Go Wild: Literature & the Environment
Scandal & Censorship
Creative Non-Fiction Workshop
You’ll take on a dissertation and live industry project, while learning more about digital technology’s impact and trends in the global literary marketplace. We’ll also explore bestselling writing and trends in publishing, giving you a headstart in the industry.
Contemporary Writing: What Happens Next?
Reading the Digital
Children & Young Adult Workshop
The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.
How you'll learn
We combine traditional literature study with a practical understanding of the written word and spoken word in the workplace. You’ll grow your skills through lectures, seminars, workshops, and self-directed learning. And you’ll get significant weekly tutor contact time, as well as the chance to have frequent one-to-one tutorials.
Creative industry partners will provide extra insight, experience and context with live projects and real-world challenges, and high-profile guest speakers will deliver lectures and workshops. Our Writers in Residence have previously featured Matt Haig, Philip Marsden, Lionel Shriver, Iain Sinclair, Don Paterson and Simon Armitage. You’ll also have the chance to work or write for WiTH - our student journal of new writing.
How you'll spend your time
Timetabled teaching and learning activity
Guided independent study
How you'll be assessed
- Continuous assessment with no formal examinations
- Coursework and e-learning exercises
- Live creative industry briefs and portfolios
- Final year dissertation
Our English academics offer expertise in fields like 20th and 21st century literature, digital texts, Victorian literature, gender studies, literature and environment, and print culture.
Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every member shown here.
Dr Kym Martindale
I joined Falmouth University in 2003, from Bath Spa University, having previously taught there,...
Anna is a writer and editor who divides her time between academic life and consultancy work for...
David is a lecturer and PhD candidate at Falmouth University. He is a poet...
Dr Danielle Barrios-O'Neill
Dr Danielle Barrios-O'Neill is a Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, having previously taught...
Dr Luke Thompson
I am a writer, publisher and editor and a Senior Lecturer and Course Coordinator for the MA...
Dr Ruth Heholt
Ruth Heholt is senior lecturer in BA(Hons) English. She has published on ghosts and the Gothic...
Rupert Loydell was born in London, where he attended Latymer Upper School. After taking an Art...
- Digital labs, recording studios and radio control rooms.
- Libraries housing 140,000 books, 17,000 DVD and video titles, and exhaustive electronic and journal resources.
How to apply
104 - 120 UCAS points, primarily from Level 3 qualifications like A-Levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma, or a Foundation Diploma.
We’ll also consider you based on your individual merit and potential. So get in touch if:
- You’re predicted points below our requirements
- You’re thinking about transferring from another institution
- You have other qualifications or professional experience
GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent.
We also accept qualifications equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.
If you need a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you’ll need to take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT).
Apply via UCAS
Enter these codes at UCAS Apply and Track
- University code F33
- Course code Q300
UK/EU applications: 15 January
Late applications will be considered if there are places available.
International fee payers can apply after the deadline. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.
Once you’ve applied, you’ll receive a Falmouth Applicant Portal login, where you’ll find more details about these requirements.
What we're looking for
We want someone who:
- Is enthusiastic and knows about the subject
- Can articulate why they want to study English
- Has writing skills
- Shows an emerging understanding of literature’s role in the past and present
- Is enthusiastic and interested in writing as part of the creative industries
Fees, costs & funding
Tuition fees 2019-20
£9,250 - full-time UK/EU
£15,000 - full-time international
Typical course costs
£70 - Recurring annual costs
£50 - Optional study visits and placements for the course duration
If you need to bring equipment or materials with you, these will be outlined in your Welcome Letter.
The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs
For information about funding available, please visit our undergraduate funding page