Students undertaking English with Creative Writing at Queen's explore literatures in English in the widest possible sense and work with some of the leading writers working in the UK and Ireland. From the earliest writings in Anglo-Saxon to contemporary Irish, British, and 'global' literatures, students study English in its historical, cultural and material contexts.
English with Creative Writing Degree highlights
English Studies at Queen's has an extraordinary heritage, as represented by its globally esteemed writers, such as Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney and T.S. Eliot Prize recipients Paul Muldoon and Ciaran Carson, among others.
- English at Queen's offers a range of Study Abroad opportunities, from the Erasmus programme with a range of European partners, to the chance to study at a number of partner institutions in the United States.
- We regularly consult and develop links with a large number of employers including, for example, BBC Northern Ireland.
Internationally Renowned Experts
- Dr Garrett Carr has written three novels for young readers and is the author of The Rule of the Land (Faber), an exploration of the Irish border that reflects Garrett's widely-exhibited visual experiments in cartography. His innovative maps can be found in the National University of Ireland and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
- Dr Leontia Flynn is a Forward Prize for Best First Collection and Rooney Prize-winning poet. She has also had collections shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize and the T.S. Eliot Prize and was named a 'Next Generation Poet' by the English Society.
- Tim Loane created the Bafta-nominated Channel 4 series Teachers and directed the Oscar-nominated short film Dance Lexie Dance. He is currently writing the widely-syndicated Versailles for the French television station Canal Plus.
- Dr James McAleavey is one of Ireland's leading playwrights, having completed commissions for BBC Radio Three and Four, RTE, the renowned Abbey Theatre in Dublin and the Lyric Theatre in Belfast. He has two feature films presently in development.
- Dr Darran McCann is the author of the historical novel After the Look-Out and the play Confession. He has particular interests in the dynamics of historical fiction.
- Dr Glenn Patterson is the Rooney Prize and Betty Trask Prize-winning author of ten novels. He writes regularly for BBC Radio Three and Four, The Guardian, the London Review of Books, and has made a number of documentaries for Irish and British television. His co-authored screenplay for Good Vibrations was nominated for a BAFTA for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer.
- From Personal Tutors to peer mentoring, we work closely with students to ensure they are supported at every stage of their degree.
- A thriving cultural scene organised by our undergraduate and postgraduate communities, from the English Society and Poetry and Pints to the Lifeboat and the Yellow Nib, makes studying English with Creative Writing at Queen's a unique proposition.
- Students can work with our visiting Fulbright Scholars, leading US academics who spend a semester at Queen's each year.
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Studying for an English with Creative Writing degree at Queen's will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and
academic institutions. Graduates from this degree at Queen's are well regarded by many employers (local, national and international) and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline, including English. In particular, employers value the initiative, imagination, creativity and independence of thought fostered by the English degree.
The following is a list of the major career sectors that have attracted our graduates in recent years:
• Publishing, Media and Performing Arts
• Public Relations
• Fast Stream Civil Service
• Management Consultancy
Employment after the Course
Many of our former graduates have risen to the top of their fields and include many famous figures; for example:
• Seamus Heaney, Nobel prize-winning poet
• Paul Muldoon, academic and poet
• Stephen Rea, actor
• Helen Madden, writer and actor
• Annie Kelly, journalist and writer
• Annie Mac, radio presenter
Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.