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Liberal Studies (Literature & Creative Writing)

BA (Hons)

Programme details

  • Next start date: Sep 2021
  • Study: Full-time
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Fee: £18,500
  • UCAS code: LS25
  • Study abroad: Optional

Overview

Study a degree that’s tailor-made for you.  

A liberal arts degree gives you the freedom to focus on the subjects that most interest you. You’ll concentrate on a major area of study while maintaining a breadth of learning spanning the arts, humanities and social sciences.  

The Literature & Creative Writing Major

The Literature & Creative Writing Major adopts a transnational approach to literary studies.   

You’ll examine a wide range of texts written by authors from different national and cultural backgrounds. Touching on various literary themes, you’ll learn how to build compelling arguments and relate texts to the historical, geographical, cultural and socio-political contexts that inspired them. Through this transnational lens, you’ll gain an understanding of how people, cultures and civilisations connect, clash and evolve across time and space.

The creative writing aspect of this major offers a practical element to your studies. You will take part in writing workshops, which will train you to tell authentic stories in a unique and personal way. Your literary knowledge will also inform your writing and help you to curate stories that emotionally engage with your readership.

This perfect balance between creative writing and literary studies will expose you to the affective power of language and teach you how to employ it as a vehicle for meaning in all aspects of your life.  

Elective modules will help you understand the breadth of this discipline and also give you a broad skillset.   

Options to learn a language and study abroad at one of our international partners will help expand your learning and global outlook.   

This interdisciplinary degree will open doors to fields as diverse as education, civil service, journalism, marketing, communications and advertising. 

Structure

If you begin your studies in September, you will undertake a three-year, full-time programme, in which you will combine your Literature & Creative Writing Major with a selection of subjects that reflect your interests.

If you join us in January, you can opt to undertake a three-year course or an accelerated two-and-a-half-year version of the course. Through the accelerated option, you would complete a spring and summer term in your first year, and join the September cohort for the beginning of your second year in the autumn term.

You will be required to combine your specialist modules with five elective modules in other subjects in Years 1 and 2, and three in Year 3. 

You can see the full list of elective modules here.

The modules listed below are revalidated each year and are liable to change. You may take different modules to those displayed.

Study abroad

In addition to studying in London, you will have the opportunity to participate in a term spent studying abroad. This provides you with a unique opportunity to explore a diverse range of topics offered by other institutions and gain international experience. This term takes place in Year 2 and replaces the second term of your Regent's degree. For more information see the study abroad page.

Year 1

Module Title Overview
Classic Literature: Great Writing Before 1810 This module will introduce you to some of the major authors, texts and modes of literary representation from before 1810. Reading key texts from throughout this period will develop your skills in identifying, analysing and evaluating literary styles, genres and voices. You will learn essential literary concepts and how to apply them to produce historically and aesthetically informed interpretations of major creative works. Emphasis will be placed on literary analysis as a means for making cross cultural comparison.
Finding Your Creative Voice: An Introduction to Poetry Writing and Reading This module aims to enhance your literary development and help you to find your own voice as both a writer and a reader. You’ll be introduced to the key aspects of creative writing engagement that you will learn to apply in your own practice. Exploring poetry by contemporary and classic writers from across the world will expose you to new and challenging work and enhance your ability to create a critical response to a genre.
Global Perspectives This University-wide common module facilitates interpersonal, intercultural and trans-disciplinary learning for all level 4 students. The module introduces a range of ideas and ways of thinking based around the University’s values. It will encourage you to interact with the broader University community, both socially and academically, asking you to cross the physical and intellectual borders of your degree. Global Perspectives aims to increase self-awareness and a sense of global citizenship, preparing you for your subsequent studies.
Liberal Arts Seminar - Leadership and Liberal Learning The purpose of this core module is to help you build awareness and develop potential leadership capacity through engagement with the curriculum. Taking an integrated approach, this module focuses on four interdependent fundamental competencies: critical thinking, communication, cross-cultural understanding and the development of ethical capacity.
Literature and Revolution This module examines literature’s contribution to political and social transformation over the last 250 years of world history. You will compare different literary perspectives on the same historical phenomena to develop skills of interpreting texts and differentiating viewpoints. This comparative exercise will help you discover how – at different moments and in a range of nations – political values and literary representations have informed each other.
The Making of the Modern Imagination: Great Writing Since 1750 This module introduces you to key modes of literary representation since 1750. Through reading major texts from throughout this period, you will develop the skills to identify, analyse and evaluate literary styles, genres and voices. You will learn essential literary concepts and how to apply them to produce historically and aesthetically informed interpretations of major creative works. This module will encourage you to think comparatively about inter-relations between primary texts. Examining how modes of literary representation interact with intellectual, cultural and social contexts will also develop your historical awareness.
Four Elective Modules You will select a number of elective modules from subjects that fall outside the remit of your major. These include: Business and management, literature and creative writing, history, international relations, journalism, media and communications, political science, psychology and public relations.

Year 2

Module Title Overview
From Text to Screen: Shakespeare the Movie This module will expand your knowledge of the international reception of Shakespeare by exploring how his plays have been adapted to the screen. A close reading of source material will be followed by in-depth discussions of a broad range of key filmic renderings of Shakespeare’s dynamic plots and vivid characters, ranging from the early days of cinema to recent film adaptations. Examples will include movies from Britain, the US, Italy, Russia and Japan. This module will also help you to develop a critical appreciation for those workings of the global film industry that have shaped the production, distribution and reception of movies based on the oeuvre of William Shakespeare.
Liberal Arts Seminar - Effective Research This module addresses the fundamentals of academic research, its aims and ethics. It will teach you how to use established research methodologies and engage critically with sources in order to interpret research discoveries. You will be introduced to various forms of academic research and their practical application in both the humanities and social sciences. These will include the handling of historical sources, interviews, surveys/questionnaires and content analysis.
Literature, Gender and Sexuality This module will help you to understand how literature is used as a vehicle for the exploration of gender and sexuality. You will consider the reciprocal interaction between the wider histories of these concepts and literary treatments of them. This will develop your understanding of how these ideas have been defined and redefined in the light of various socio-political, intellectual and material contexts. You will also examine how literature has both reflected and participated in these processes of reinterpreting gender and sexual identity.
London's Literature This module explores literature that has been inspired by the British capital. You will relate the literary qualities of a range of texts – such as their complex meanings, their literary effects, their prose or poetic styles, their narrative structures – to the historical, geographical, cultural and socio-political contexts that inspired them. You will also analyse and debate the diverse ways in which a single city can be interpreted and represented in literary form and engage with pre-existing critical positions, interpretations and theories regarding the material.
Telling Your Creative Story: Reading and Writing Autobiographical Narratives This module aims to help you develop core reading and writing skills by engaging with the craft and context of one particular genre: autobiographical narrative. By looking at a range of texts and strategies used to tell a “true” story, you will be given tools to approach reading any text from a craft perspective. You will learn how to identify the choices a writer makes to shape their work and how that engages and affects a reader. We will interrogate the genre by exploring issues raised by autobiographical narratives in particular. The reading work will be complemented by creative writing exercises which will culminate in a final summative piece.
The World's Stories: Studying Short Fiction from Around the Globe This module will train you in the art of short fictional narratives. You will learn how to recognise, analyse and evaluate multiple aspects of narrative such as structure, voice, setting, perspective, timing, metaphor. You will consider the relationship between what each story tells (i.e. the content) and how it is told (i.e. the narrative technique). Comparing fictional works from a diverse range of national, historical and literary traditions will help you develop a strong cross-cultural understanding.
Four Elective Modules You will select a number of elective modules from subjects that fall outside the remit of your major. These include: Business and management, literature and creative writing, history, international relations, journalism, media and communications, political science, psychology and public relations.

Year 3

Module Title Overview
Feminist Futures: Speculative Fiction as Resistance This module engages with texts written by women from a range of cultures and historical settings that each take a position of social and cultural resistance. These texts, which often re-imagine dominant power structures, will expose you to the ways in which gender can both unit and divide literary voices. Throughout this module, you’ll be expected to look beyond issues of craft and technique and think more deeply about how we find meaning through discourse and context. Drawing on your reader response theory, this module aims to empower you to become an active reader and writer.
Literature and Conflict: From Homer to the Holocaust In this module, you will experience literature as a zone of, and a means for exploring, conflict. As well as looking at themes of war, violence and suffering, you’ll also look at the concept of healing. Approaching a variety of texts, you will consider the trans-historical parallels that writers of different eras and nationalities have perceived in these phenomena. Looking at theories developed by religious, philosophical, psychological, anthropological and political thinkers, you will examine the source of violence and conflict, its consequences and the possibilities of escaping from it.
The Power of Nightmares: The Literature and Cinema of Horror This module explores literature of the frightening, disturbing and uncanny. We will consider the historical development of the literary genres such as the gothic, ghost stories, horror fiction and explore the concept of human experience and response. Texts will be compared with filmic adaptations or equivalents in order to understand the capacities of the two art-forms. This module will give you an in-depth understanding of classic literary and cinematic works that have shocked readers and viewers for generations. We will discover both the kinds of subjects – madness, sexuality, the supernatural – that audiences have found fascinatingly unnerving and the varieties of narrative techniques through which writers and film-makers have enthralled them. Alongside these primary texts, you will study the philosophical, psychological and aesthetic theories that seek to define what the human mind finds terrifying and why.
Your Creative Voice in the World: Writing the Extended Narrative This capstone module in the creative writing stream of this major aims to develop your professional practice and approach to independent work. You will set your own target for process and will constantly evaluate your own progress against your pre-set goals. You will construct your own creative commentary about aspects of the writing process, drawing from your own independent research and the reflections of other professional writers. By the end of this project, you will feel comfortable not only referencing these writers but also interrogating them, thereby contributing your own original thoughts to the discourse around the writing process.
The Liberal Arts Capstone (Dissertation) The purpose of this module is to bring together the breadth of your learning and experience to bear on a major project. The Capstone runs over two semesters and can take the form of either a reflective practice-based project or a traditional written dissertation. It will be supervised by one or two academics depending on the nature of the project.
Three Elective Modules You will select a number of elective modules from subjects that fall outside the remit of your major. These include: Business and management, literature and creative writing, history, international relations, journalism, media and communications, political science, psychology and public relations.

How to apply

Applying to study at Regent's University London is quick and easy. We have put together some helpful information to guide you through the process. We accept direct applications and there is no application fee.

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Step 1: Apply

You can apply in the following ways:

If you have not uploaded the relevant supporting documents during the online application process, you should ensure that we have the below supporting documents as soon as you have completed your application. These can be sent to the Regent’s Admissions Department via email to [email protected].

  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates from all previous studies (i.e. secondary school and/or university certificates)
  • One academic letter of recommendation
  • A 300-500 word personal statement outlining the reasons for applying to your chosen programme, how you feel you will benefit from the programme of study, what contributions you will make to the University and how this will help your future career aspirations
  • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
  • If you are not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

Credit Transfer

  • If you’ve already studied part of a degree course elsewhere, you may be able apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and join the programme at an advanced entry point. If you’d like to request entry part-way through a programme, make sure you state this clearly in your statement of purpose and provide us with the transcripts and module descriptions for the relevant study.

 Step 2: Receive a response to your application

You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.

We will assess whether you meet our entry requirements and will notify you of the decision via email. UCAS applicants will also receive official notification via the UCAS system.

For some of our programmes, the selection process may include an interview or audition. Interviews/auditions can take the form of a one-to-one interview, group interview or portfolio review which may be conducted by telephone or as a Skype call. Arrangements of these are made between the Admissions Department and the applicant.

Step 3: Accepting your offer

If you wish to accept the offer you must pay the advance tuition fee deposit (non-refundable) to confirm your place.

Please see here for information on how to pay.

Step 4: After you have accepted your place

Closer to the start of the term, the Admissions Team will send information regarding the registration process. This will include information on completing your online enrolment prior to your arrival as well as a checklist of documents you will need to bring with you to fully register onto the programme.

Information for international students

If you are an overseas student requiring visa sponsorship to study in the UK, our team will be in touch with information on applying for your student visa and the documents you will need. More information can be found on our visas and immigration page.

Scholarships and funding

There are a wide variety of funding and scholarship opportunities to help you finance your studies.

For further information, please visit our scholarships and funding page.

 

Fees

Tuition fees

1st level course fee for September 2021 entrants: £18,500

Non-refundable advance deposit

Home/EU students: £1,000

Non-EU students: £4,000

Non-EU students in receipt of US Federal Loans: £1,000

What do fees include?

Fees cover the cost of all tuition and access to the University’s IT infrastructure and library learning resources. Fees are presented for the first level of study which equates to two terms.

What other costs should I budget for?

Fees cover the cost of tuition. You will need to budget additional funds for accommodation and living expenses, travel, and any additional trips, visits, activities or courses that you choose to participate in outside of the tuition offered as part of the programme.

The library hold a limited number of copies of core text books and where possible in e-format. You will be encouraged to purchase your own text books and will need to budget approximately £80-£100 per year, depending on your programme of study.

When are fees paid?

Fees are payable in the following instalments:

  • An initial non-refundable advance deposit paid when you accept your offer of a place
  • The advance deposit is allocated against the first term’s fees
  • Tuition fees (including fees for subsequent terms) are due two weeks in advance of classes commencing

Calculating fee increases

  • The University sets tuition fees on an annual basis in line with the University's financial year which runs from 1 August to 31 July
  • The fees quoted here are for one academic year of study commencing in September
  • For students starting their programme in January the programme spans two separate financial year accounting periods. Fees for the different teaching terms are calculated separately in line with fees charged in each financial year
  • Fees for subsequent years of study are subject to fee inflation
  • The University aims to keep annual fee increases in line with the University’s cost inflation. The expectation is that this will be no greater than UK consumer price inflation (CPI) plus 3%. There are occasionally variations to this dictated by the costs of running specific programmes or facilities required for our programmes
  • As a registered charity, all fee increases are subject to approval of the Trustee Board thus ensuring that affordability for our students remains a primary concern in any decisions regarding fee increases

Study Period Abroad (SPA)

Some programmes at Regent’s University London offer an optional or mandatory Study Period Abroad, for one or two semesters. Students receiving Federal Student Aid are required to attend a school deemed “eligible” by the US Department of Education, or a “deferment only” school with which Regent’s has a consortium agreement. No SPA can be undertaken in the United States. Students who have American citizenship or are Eligible non-citizens who do not currently have US financial aid, are also subject to these terms and conditions if they wish to have Federal funding during any future part of their programme. 
 
A student who wishes to attend an “ineligible” school, which includes any school in the USA, will forfeit all funding from that semester going forward and all current loans will become due with immediate effect. For any questions regarding these terms and conditions, please email the US Loans Advisor at [email protected]. For questions regarding what an “eligible” or “deferment only” school is, please  email the IPO office, [email protected] or [email protected] before applying for a programme with an SPA module.

Teaching and assessment

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, teaching and assessment will take place online for the Autumn 2020 Term. See Returning to Regent's and our FAQs for more information.

Teaching takes place in small classes of 20 people or less, in order to allow a more individual approach to learning.

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will help you to build a bespoke programme that reflects your passions, or your preferred future career.

Academics will use a variety of approaches to help you learn and get the most out of your degree. The teaching methods include seminars, study groups, role plays, tutorials and external guest speakers. You will learn through analysis, discussion and debate, practical work, problem-solving, presentations, portfolio building, research projects and team work, all of which are designed to help you develop key skills of independent critical thinking and confidence in decision-making.

Teaching staff

All classes on our Liberal Studies programmes are taught by experts in their respective disciplines. The teaching staff for the English major are as follows:

George Yeats
Catherine Davidson
Lawrence Phillips

Contact hours and expected workload

Contact hours in Year 1 and Year 2 are 15 hours per week. In Year 3, students receive around 12-13 hours per week on average per term, as the capstone project is a supervised module, rather than a classroom-based one.

You will receive a minimum of 10 hours one-on-one time with a supervisor to agree the scope and direction of your capstone project. We also offer research skills lectures and drop-in sessions.

Assessment

Students are assessed through a mix of presentations, journals, essays and exams. Assessment is both practical and theoretical and is designed to ensure that you acquire the knowledge and skills to adapt to a variety of professional environments.

In Year 3, you will also be asked to complete a liberal studies capstone project. The project will reflect what you have learned in your major, but also the knowledge you have gathered from your elective subjects.

This could be:

  • An essay or dissertation
  • A practical project
  • A report
  • A creative work, plus reflection
  • A portfolio of work , plus reflection
  • Another format (subject to supervisor approval)

Disability Support

We welcome and support students with a wide range of disabilities and health concerns. This includes learning difficulties, visual and hearing impairments, mental health difficulties, autism spectrum conditions, mobility difficulties, and temporary or chronic health conditions.

Our dedicated Disability Officer is here to support you. We ask that you speak with Student Registry and our Disability Officer as early as you can to enable us to support you. Find out more about our disability support and contact us.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

A Regent’s education provides you with a high level of personal attention, and this begins from the moment you apply to study with us. We want to understand who you are and what your skills and interests may be – we are interested in your potential, as well as your prior achievements. We review each application comprehensively and on its individual merit, considering all of your skills, interests and attributes. 

Typically, we will make an offer to a student holding A levels at grades BCC. 

We will also assess your application for proficiency in Mathematics, asking for a GCSE in this subject at grade A-C / 9-4 (or the international equivalent).

We receive applications each year from over 170 countries and are happy to assess all international qualifications. For example, if you are studying the International Baccalaureate, we would make an offer based on your successful completion of the IB Diploma; if you are studying an American High School Diploma, we would make an offer based on a minimum GPA of 2.8 plus three APs at grades 4, 3, 3.

English Language requirements 

English is our language of instruction and we require proof of your English proficiency. 

You can demonstrate your English proficiency with:

•    IELTS: Overall score of 6.0 with no score below 5.5 in any of the four components

•    PTE Academic: Overall score of 58, with 51 or above in each individual component

•    TOEFL IBT: Overall score 80. (We do not accept TOEFL from applicants requiring a Tier 4 visa, as this qualification is no longer accepted by the UK Visas and Immigration Department (UKVI)

•    A-level/GCSE/IGCSE English: Grade C / 4 or above (for IGCSE certificates, please provide the Supplementary Certifying Statement with the breakdown of component grades)

•    International Baccalaureate: Grade 4 or above in English at Higher or Standard Level

This list is not exhaustive. We will review the English qualifications you submit as part of your application and be in contact if we require anything further.
For applicants who wish to improve their English language proficiency, please see our English language courses.

Regent's English Password Test (REPT)

We provide an online English diagnostic test known as the Regent’s English Password Test (REPT). This test must be booked in advance. To find out more information and to book a test, please visit the REPT page. The REPT test is currently free of charge.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

As a Regent’s student you will take an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) module in your first semester in order to support the development of your academic work in English.

Please note that students who achieve an IELTS 6.5, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component, or an equivalent result, are exempt from taking the EAP module and have an additional academic module.

Students entering with Recognition of Prior Learning

If you are joining your programme at an advanced entry point, we require IELTS 6.5 with a minimum 6.0 in Reading and Writing, with no score below 5.5 in any other components.

Careers

As a liberal studies student, you will be attractive to many different companies due to your adaptability, research abilities and communication skills.

American businessman and investor Mark Cuban believes that liberal arts graduates will become increasingly in demand in fields such as engineering because they need a "freer thinker" and 'a different perspective in order to have a different view of the data'.

Liberal studies graduates are suited to a broader range of career options, including:

  • Academia
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Law
  • Management
  • Politics

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BA (Hons) Liberal Studies (Literature & Creative Writing)