"I am eternally grateful for my education at Middlesex. It was the defining moment, the switching on; an explosive charge that still burns brightly."Russell Kane; comedian, writer and actor
Is writing your passion? Do you love working creatively with language? BA Creative Writing and Journalism gives you a unique opportunity to develop as a creative writer, gain practical journalistic skills and form a close understanding of the journalism industry. This is the degree for you if you want to improve your skills as a writer in a wide variety of forms including fiction, drama and poetry whilst taking an in-depth look at the journalism profession.
Many professional writers split their time between creative writing projects and work on articles, reviews and columns, while many journalists also work on novels and screenplays. Our inspiring course is designed to equip you with the skills and experience to work in both creative and journalistic writing.
We cover all aspects of journalism from newspaper to magazines and digital media, combining theory with practical work throughout the course. You'll not only learn how to critically examine writing and media, but also develop skills that prepare you for a career in media industries including newspapers, magazines, television, publishing, PR, advertising, and freelance writing. Our course gives you an abundance of opportunities to experiment with language and improve your writing and editing skills alongside a solid understanding of the way the journalism and writing industries are now developing.
The first year of the course introduces you to essential journalism skills and creative writing skills that you can apply across a range of media, including narrative storytelling, finding your voice and exploring character, dialogue and conflict. You will also have the opportunity to use our in-house radio studio for recording radio plays.
By your second year you will look closely at journalism in practice, including magazine publishing, and you will start focusing on more specific writing forms like fiction writing, screenwriting and storytelling so you can discover and develop your creative strengths and interests. In the second year screenwriting module, some scripts will be selected by BA Film students and made into short films.
You final year of study allows you to specialise further with your independent project and a wide selection of optional modules from writing for children to photojournalism. If you wish, you can focus more on creative writing in your third year but you will still study journalism, to a lesser extent than the previous years.
There are no exams on this course and all assessment is done by portfolio work.
You can find more information about this course on the programme specification.
This module provides you with a broad and practical introduction to how one can make sense of the world and communicate with others through different forms of creative writing, from fiction to creative non-fiction (e.g. life writing). You will develop your writing and reading skills, learn about technical and stylistic considerations and be introduced to self and peer review of their creative work.
This module will introduce you to key elements in the field of imaginative writing – building characters, writing dialogue, creating and building conflict situations. You will investigate the appropriate forms of character, dialogue and conflict writing for different media – stage, page, screen and radio and develop your skills in collaborative writing for radio and other media. You will also develop your research skills appropriate to the imaginative work in hand.
This module introduces you to key journalism theories, concepts, codes and conventions, both historic and current and develops your understanding of the news media industry. You will develop your own views and versions of journalism, bridging the link between theory and practice.
This module will teach you the core journalism skills, techniques and knowledge that will lay the foundation for your degree and journalism career. Providing a firm grounding in news gathering, research, news and feature writing, these skills will be applicable to print, broadcast, online, mobile and emergent technologies.
Building on skills learned during the first year, this module enables you to apply your skills in news gathering, production and distribution in print, broadcast, online, mobile and emergent technologies across multiple platforms individually and collaboratively. It considers how factors such as monetisation, non-linear design, audience interaction and mode of dissemination affect the journalistic editorial and production process.
This module aims to expand your knowledge of script-writing to encompass a practical understanding of the development and writing short film scripts. It explores particular narrative devices in the short form and their impact on the spectator and will enable you to develop professional competence in the key elements of screenwriting: dialogue, characterisation, plotting, visual storytelling and presentation. It will facilitate the delivery of meticulously redrafted screenplays to an industry standard.
The module will introduce you to the practice of key techniques of fiction:
It will enable you to develop these practical skills in the context of the short story as a distinctive literary form. A series of workshop exercises focusing on each of these techniques will be integrated with reading and group discussion of classic and contemporary short stories, chosen both to exemplify the techniques being practised and also to introduce you to the development of the short-story form.
This module will provide you with a knowledge of the principles of storytelling in relation to games design as well as the ability to use narrative structures in the design of game worlds. You will develop your ability to apply both game and storytelling knowledge to the creation of an interactive story and develop story language for games design.
Teaching you the knowledge, skills and techniques needed to be an arts, lifestyle and/or sports reporter, this module explores the role of these journalism specialisms in the modern media. You will further develop core journalistic skills (research, reporting, storytelling) and the more specific techniques and approaches required for different specialisms as well as build an understanding of the context and pressures under which arts, lifestyle and sports journalism is produced in the modern media.
This module will introduce you to a range of debates and discussions about the relationship between the media, political actors and audiences/citizens in contemporary society. You will develop your skills in political communications practice, including presentational and deliberative skills, working both independently and as a team.
The module enables you to develop a critical understanding of the journalistic and media coverage of modern innovation, science and technology. You will learn to reflect on the current state of this coverage, its social and political consequences and the challenges of improving it. You will develop research, writing and fact-checking skills for covering this specialist subject, and learn to identify areas for investigation and reporting.
The Creative Writing Project provides you with the opportunity and support to develop a major independent project that can be in any of the genres of creative writing (e.g. fiction, film, play or games script, life writing). You should aim to produce a piece of work that explores your own particular interests and that can be used as a summation of your capabilities (a “calling card”) beyond university.
This unique module enables you to understand and develop an awareness of and capacity for innovation and enterprise through the initiation and exposition of a proposal and business plan with creative and commercial potential. You will develop your core entrepreneurial skills, including networking, negotiation, presentation, pitching, skills, project planning, time management and market research. You are encouraged to apply your acquired knowledge of journalism, media industries, and new and emerging media processes and techniques to opportunities for self-employment, entrepreneurship and business start-ups
This module will provide you with knowledge and practice of the tropes and subjects of popular fiction, including romance, historical, horror, crime, fantasy, science fiction, with the specific genres covered being agreed in accordance with staff expertise. You will consider a range of texts, such as literature, radio, film and TV and include the emergence of cult video/DVD, developing your ability to recognise the characteristics and requirements of each genre.
This module develops your understanding of how close reading of non-fiction, including forms such as travel and history writing, biography and memoir, can help develop your own creative writing abilities within these genres. It explores the nature of the self, its presentation in text, and the depiction of other lives, with the aim of helping you use different narrative structures and styles in your own work. The module explores the notion of place and voice in non-fiction writing and aims to give an understanding of how research informs practise.
This module enables you to identify and apply relevant critical frameworks to the concept of long-form journalism. You will demonstrate your high level practical skills in the execution of a complex and large-scale project relevant to the field of journalism and develop professional competence in researching, planning and producing long-form journalism.
Providing you with the knowledge and the tools to analyse the relationship(s) between journalism, money and power, this module will deconstruct the ways in which the news media industry is shaping, framing, (re)presenting, and even influencing, the ways in which we view our own power structures. You will interrogate these issues to better understand the role journalism plays at the centre of mediating power: shaping it, supporting it, representing and framing it, and holding it to account.
This module will introduce you to global journalism as a concept, a way of researching the expanding news media landscape, and of practising journalism. Throughout the module, you will explore the ethics and nature of journalism that is being created in, and exported by, different countries and compare the approach of journalists, as well as the quality and style of reporting of global news media outlets.
This module enables you to develop your skills and practices at an appropriate professional level in the workplace, in industries relevant to the rest of your work in the programme. It aims to prepare you for possible future career paths in such fields as publishing, the media and journalism, as well as introducing you to the professional publishing and media environment that will form the context for your future activity as writers and journalists.
From practical work using our extensive media production facilities, to listening to talks by speakers from the industry, the ways in which you will learn on this course are varied and exciting. You will work on your own creative and practical projects, and put together a portfolio of work; you will attend demonstrations, lectures, seminars, workshops and one-to-one tutorials, and supplement all this with online and independent study.
You will analyse other writers' work, examine case studies, work on problem-solving exercises and critiques and give presentations. Specific sessions will hone your IT, essay-writing, research and project development skills. In your final year you will work on an independent project, which is split into two parts. The first is either a work placement in the literary or media industry, accompanied by a report, or a research project on an aspect of the literary or media industries. The second is your own creative project, which can be anything from writing fiction or drama, or producing a video, to producing a magazine or newspaper or organising and running an event.
Assessment is entirely through coursework, and you will work on many different types of assignment. Your portfolio of creative work will include fiction writing, news and feature writing, audio or video interviews, web pages, blogs, short film scripts, your final year independent project and much more. You will also submit commentaries accompanying your work, essays, reports, critical analyses and case study evaluations and give presentations.
Some assessed work will be done in groups. You will receive regular feedback on your work throughout the course, including in class, where students will discuss each other's work, and you will also be encouraged to reflect on your work yourself.
We accept applications from students with a wide range of qualifications and a combination of qualifications. Please refer to the table below for our typical offers for this course.
Typical offers for this course:
A Levels minimum two, maximum three subjects
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma minimum two, maximum three subjects
Access to HE Diploma
Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 , of which all 45 must be Merit or higher
The UCAS Tariff has changed for courses starting in September 2017. The points awarded to each qualification have been lowered in comparison to the previous UCAS Tariff. Our entry requirements are displayed as the grades you will require, however if you wish to find out the equivalent tariff points please use the UCAS calculator.
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three. For further information please visit our Transfer students page.
If you have relevant work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University qualification. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, entrance test, portfolio or audition.
The course prepares students to go on to careers in creative writing and/or journalism but graduates are welcomed into a wide range of industries wherever good writing and critical thinking are valued. Middlesex graduates include comedian and writer Russell Kane, playwright Rosa Connor, and performance poet and writer Laura Dockrill. The course is also particularly useful in areas where work on analysing and producing language is central including journalism, copywriting, advertising, website management, politics, PR, teaching, marketing and branding.
BA Creative and Media Writing graduate
Russell is a writer, comedian, actor and media personality. In June 2006, he became the face of digital station Five US, and was nominated for an If.comedy award at the Edinburgh Fringe. He was the host of Series 4, 5 and 6 of BBC Radio 2's Out to Lunch.
"I am eternally grateful for my education at Middlesex. It was the defining moment, the switching on; an explosive charge that still burns brightly."
BA Creative Writing graduate
Laura was named one of the top ten literary talents by The Times and her work includes novels, poetry and songwriting. You can find out more about Laura at www.lauradockrill.co.uk.
"One of my teachers at Middlesex, Maggie Butt, was just a high priestess of brilliance and we keep in touch. The literary festival was also fantastic; I have since come back and taken part. I am also a huge fan of London - the diversity, the colour and bustle and madness; it has so much to say and that's a massive inspiration.
"My advice to anyone looking to get published is to share your work so you can build your confidence and get yourself some delicious thick skin. It can also help your writing fall into unexpected hands. Reading aloud was how I got published."
BA Creative Writing and Journalism
"I have really enjoyed and benefited from the process of taking what is taught on the course and applying it beyond university. As a disabled student, the flexibility of tackling my learning in manageable chunks as a part time student over the past five years has also been incredibly beneficial. The lectures and seminars have been engaging and have kept me enthused throughout this time.
"I have been fortunate enough to interview Professor David Isenberg, one of the world's leading experts in Rheumatology and Auto-immune diseases at the UCH in London, as part of my studies. Seeing my completed work posted online was very rewarding. At the last Middlesex Literary Festival, I also had the chance of interviewing in front of a live audience the youngest author to be signed on by the publishing giant Faber and Faber, Chibundu Onuzo."