Aberystwyth University
Creative Writing and History BA (Hons)
Aberystwyth University

Key Course Facts

Salary

Salary of Graduates in History

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Creative Writing at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £25000 £19000 £22500
25-75 percentile range £22000 - £27000 £15500 - £23000 £18500 - £28000


Salary of all UK Graduates of History

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £24221 £22265 £26916
25-75 percentile range £20370 - £28048 £17124 - £27899 £20384 - £34783

Course Description

If you are interested in enhancing, broadening, and developing your voice and, if you want to explore, discover and immerse yourself in the words and historical eras that have shaped our world through the medium of literature and media platforms and culture, then a degree in Creative Writing and History at Aberystwyth University is for you. Our cross-disciplinary degree will introduce you to an ever-expanding industry, providing you with a promising and advantageous start after graduation. Learn the craft of writing poetry, fiction, non-fiction, screenplays and more. You will also develop the critical and analytical skills necessary for a career in a broad array of creative industries. Under the expert guidance of a team of award-winning writers you will discover hidden talents and find out what sort of writer you are. On completion of this degree you will have not only a portfolio of exceptional creative material but also the skills and attributes to flourish in any workplace that demands dexterity with the creative aspect and written word.

Why study Creative Writing and History at Aberystwyth University?

The Creative Writing component of this course enables you to discover our comprehensive programme which includes prose, poetry, scriptwriting for stage and screen, journalism, writing for new media. There is an opportunity for you at Aberystwyth University to flourish and develop your creative writing skills.

The History component of this course will provide you with an existing opportunity to explore many eras of History which includes Medieval and Early Modern History, Politics and Modern History, History and Welsh History. We also have a vast range of exciting modules which includes Europe and the World (1000-2000), Medieval and Early Modern Britain and Europe (1000-1800), History as Myth-Making: the ‘myth of the Blitz’, Image Wars in South East Asia: Studying 20th Century Propaganda to name a few.

A highlight for students on this course is the writing retreat which is organised during the third year. The writing treat enables you to hone in on your writing skills and talents, develop your abilities further and grow as a creative writer with your peers. This is a residential retreat and previous years have visited the well-known Gregynog Hall, roughly an hour and half outside of Aberystwyth.

The University main teaching campus also known as Penglais Campus is our learning and socialising hub. This course is taught across two departments which include the Department of English and Creative Writing and the Department of History and Welsh History, both of which are located on Penglais campus. Discover the two departments in our Virtual Tour.

Next door the Penglais Campus is the National Library of Wales which is a copyright library that houses every book that has been published in the United Kingdom. A vital resource to this degree.

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Creative Writing and History BA (Hons) at Aberystwyth University

25%
15% Finance Professionals
15% Sports and fitness occupations
10% Natural and social science professionals
10% Administrative occupations
10% Finance Professionals
5% Business and public service associate professionals
5% Sales occupations
5% Managers, directors and senior officials
0% Leisure, travel and related personal service occupations

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for Creative Writing

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
Cambridge English Advanced
Cambridge English Proficiency
IELTS (Academic) 6.5

With minimum 5.5 in each component.

PTE Academic 62

With minimum scores of 51 in each component.

TOEFL (iBT) 88

With minimum scores in components as follows: Listening 21; Writing 21; Reading 22; Speaking 23.

Aberystwyth University offers a valuable package of scholarships and bursaries to support students. Our long-established Entrance Examination competition means you could get up to £2,000 a year towards your living and study costs. You can combine that with any or all of our other awards, to make your financial package more valuable. Our awards include Sport and Music Scholarships, Bursaries for Care Leavers/Young Carers/Estranged Students and a range of department specific awards. Please visit our website for full details.

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Creative Writing and History, BA (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.

Costs

Tuition Fees Creative Writing and History BA (Hons)

England UK £9000 year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 year 1
Scotland £9000 year 1
Wales £9000 year 1
Channel Islands £9000 year 1
Ireland £9000 year 1
EU £16520 year 1
International £16520 year 1

Additional fee information

The UK and Welsh Governments have confirmed that EU students commencing their studies in the academic year 2021/22 will no longer be eligible for home fee status. Fees for EU students will therefore be charged in line with international fees from 2021/22 onwards.

Please note Irish nationals will continue to be eligible for home fee status and support by the Welsh Government under the Common Travel Area arrangement

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
  
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2025

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of Aberystwyth University in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of Aberystwyth University in related subject specific rankings.

Arts Visual & Performing

    • #2 
    • #28 
    Creative Writing
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]

Languages & Literature

    • #2 
    • #30 
    English
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]

See all 24 university rankings of Aberystwyth University

About Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth University (Aber) was founded in 1872 in Aberystwyth, Wales. This university has earned itself an impressive array of awards in various domains, including in teaching standards and post-graduate employability. Whether you enjoy walking by the beach or visiting the historic town centre, Aberystwyth is a superb option for those students looking for a quiet place to focus on their academic goals.

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