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Develop your skills as a writer and consider key theological questions and concepts
Qualify with a degree that gives you skills in creative writing alongside theological analysis, critical debate, and research.
Our BA (Hons) Creative Writing and Theology degree allows you to learn, and then specialise in, a wide-range of creative writing disciplines including: fiction, novels, screenplays and creative non-fiction.
In addition, you can explore fundamental ethical and philosophical questions, and how to investigate the place of religion in society.
You will learn from our team of practising and published poets, novelists, and screenwriters, as well as leading experts in the field of theology.
On this course you will:
- Study the craft of writing short fiction, poetry, novels, screenplays and creative non-fiction.
- Consider fundamental theological questions around God, religion, and society.
- Learn from our expert team of published writers and leading academics.
- Engage with contemporary issues in your writing such as climate change, race and sexuality.
- Build your degree around your interests.
- Meet and talk with agents and editors at our annual publishing panel.
Deepen your creative writing practice with theological study
In your first year, you will learn to tap into your own experience and engage with the wider world for creative material. You will also begin to examine a number of fundamental theological questions and concepts.
In your second year, you will explore poetry, short fiction, life writing, flash fiction, and writing for children.
You will also take modules that deepen your understanding of theological and philosophical ideas, including those focusing on philosophical and ethical issues and / or those concerned with theology and biblical studies.
The creative modules in your final year allow you to explore your discipline and genre of choice. You will also explore more specific genres such as YA fiction, flash fiction, digital writing, fantasy, and science fiction. You will explore the novel, short stories and poetry.
Your theological studies will allow you to further explore your interests, with modules that focus on Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, ethics, and the philosophy of religion.
Select a year
The Writer’s Notebook
This module introduces you to keeping a writer’s notebook and how to use this as a storehouse of ideas, images, research and drafts. You will also learn about the journey from rough idea to finished piece as you examine a selection of case studies of notebook entries, drafts, and published work.
Teaching and Assessment
Learn from published writers and experts from the field of Theology
Our team of experienced tutors and experts use the latest research to underlie their teaching. This ensures that you have access to emerging creative writing techniques and the latest debates within the study of theology.
Much of our teaching takes place in small groups. Within these classes, you will typically discuss good writing practice and workshop your own writing.
Our commitment to smaller class sizes allows you to feel more confident to discuss your ideas in a supportive environment. It also allows your tutors get to know you and how best to aid your development.
Creative writing modules are predominately assessed through portfolios of work.
For your theology modules, you will be asked to write essays as you might expect, but you might also write book reviews, reviews of films, write reports on projects, make a video, construct an exhibition and make presentations.
Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, allowing you to clearly see your academic progress at all stages of the course.
Gain vital experience within the workplace
The Work Placement module allows you to develop your skills in a work environment and gain vital experience to put you ahead in your future career of choice.
This allows you to gain experience in, for example, a workplace such as a local newspaper or as a writer-in-residence. You will then use the skills you have learnt on your course in order to reflect critically on the world of work.
Alternatively, you could pursue opportunities to work closely with local institutions that are also engaged with questions of literature, culture and history, including New Park Cinema, Chichester Festival Theatre, and Pallant House Art Gallery.
The city of Chichester, with its rich history and literary culture, is a perfect place to enhance your knowledge of our cultural past and present.
Gain unique insight into the creative writing industry
The University boasts a blossoming writing culture and community, with regular book launches and conferences.
We also run special events with renowned creative writers. As a Creative Writing and Theology student, you can use these as opportunities to learn more from those with critical insight into the industry.
Some renowned authors to have visited the University in recent years include:
- Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy
- Matthew Sweeney
- Helen Dunmore
- Jo Shapcott
- Sarah Hall
- Bernardine Evaristo
- Vicki Feaver
- Sarah Hall
- Kate Mosse
- Alison MacLeod
- John McCullough.
Open up your future career options
Our Creative Writing and Theology graduates are highly-valued by employers for their strong problem solving and communication skills and often continue into a wide range of careers.
Career paths include:
- Communications and PR
- Local and national government
- Human resources
- Youth work
Creative writing success
The last few years have shown a fabulous flowering of our Creative Writing students’ work. Many students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level have continued on to become published writers.
- MA Creative Writing
- MA English Literature
- MA Cultural History
- Postgraduate Research (MPhil/PhD)