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Bachelor of Arts (Hons) English with Creative Writing

Offered by: The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC)
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Exam BodyThe University of Nottingham
Course Duration3 Yrs
Part Time/Full TimeFull Time
Fees (International Student)33400/Yr
FacultyFaculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Conducted entirely in MalaysiaYes
Awarding CountryUnited Kingdom
Level of StudyBachelor's Degree Level
Field of StudyLanguages (National language & other languages)
Course Description

You will study a range of core literature and language modules in Years One and Two, with a range of optional modules to choose from in your final year.

How you are taught

You will take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, which are taught in weekly seminars and combine traditional lecture-style content delivery with small group discussions, case-studies and presentations. In your ?rst year, you can expect around 12 scheduled contact hours a week, and you will spend a significant amount of time each week in independent study preparing for classes and assignments. Your private study is supported by Moodle, our virtual learning environment, comprehensive core reading lists and the resources of the library. Staff offer individual and small group consultations and encourage you to seek their advice and feedback on your work.

Your progress is assessed each semester using a combination of individual research-based essays, portfolios, exams, oral presentations and occasionally group work.


Year 1


  • Introduction to Linguistics 
    Topics covered
      - Phonology & morphology  
      - Semantics  
      - Pragmatics  
      - Psycholinguistics
      - Language & thought
      - Sociolinguistics
      - Functional grammar
      - Conversation analysis
      - Language acquisition
      - Language & identity
      - Politeness in language
       - Doing linguistic research
  • The Influence of English
    Topics covered
      - English vs Englishes  
      - Standardisation & nationhood  
      - Literatures in English   
      - African, Asian, Caribbean English  
      - Correct & incorrect English  
      - Visual English  
      - Technology & Internet   
      - Hybrid forms  
      - Teaching methodology   
      - Sociolinguistics    
      - Globalisation & identity
  • The Survey of English Literature and Drama
    Topics covered
      - Beowulf  
      - Chaucer  
      - Renaissance literature  
      - Restoration literature   
      - Eighteenth Century prose  
      - Johnson, Addison, Steele, Boswell  
      - Sheridan  
      - Jane Austin  
      - Romantic Age  
      - Blake, Wordsworth, Byron  
      - Coleridge, Shelley  
      - George Eliot  
      - Hardy, Dickens  
      - E. M. Forester   
      - Becket & Pinter   
      - Ian McEwan
  • Studying Modern Literature
    Topics covered
      - Diction & imagery   
      - Figurative language  
      - Poetry & prosody  
      - Dramatic monologue   
      - Coleridge, Arnold, B. Zephaniah  
      - Form & content  
      - Criticism: history, gender, identity  
      - Poetry & performance  
      - Drama & dramatists   
      - Shakespeare & Tennessee Williams
  • Academic Community
    Topics covered
      - Syntax & grammar  
      - Academic writing & editing  
      - Writing research papers  
      - Literature & canon  
      - Transmission  
      - Careers in English  
      - Research ethics & plagiarism  
      - Issues & debates in English studies  
      - Doing research on English  
      - Portfolio writing
  • Beginning Creative Writing
    Topics covered
      - Why write 
      - Critical reading 
      - Elements of short story
      - Personal monologue
      - Reading and writing
      - Revising and editing 

Year 2


  • Victorian and Fin de Siecle Literature: 1830-1910
    Topics covered
      - Crime & Criminality
       - Gender Stereotypes & Femininity
       - Gender Stereotypes & Masculinity
      - Victorian Gothic  
      - Fin de Siecle aesthetics
      - Literature & Imperialism
      - Religious Faith & Doubt
      - Imaginary Worlds
  • Discourse, Communication and Society
  • Modern and Contemporary Literature
    Topics covered
      - Introduction to modernism
      - Rebecca West
      - D. H. Lawrence
      - James Joyce
      - T. S. Eliot
      - Virginia Woolf
      - Katherine Mansfield
      - George Orwell
      - Buchi Emecheta
      - Hanif Kureishi   
  • Literary Linguistics
    Topics covered
      - Poetry & phonology
      - Structural & semantic parallelism
       - Narrative structure
      - Foregrounding & transitivity
      - Discourse & power
      - Prose, register, speech acts
      - Prose, gender, power
      - Drama & conversation analysis
      - Drama & politeness
      - Drama, gender, power
  • World Literatures
    Topics covered
    Homer (excerpts)
    Ramayana (excerpts)
    Lao-Tzu and Rig Veda 

    Dante (Inferno
    One Thousand and One Nights (excerpts)
    Grimm’s fairy tales
    American literature (excerpts)
    Spanish Literature (Don Quixote)
    Russian Literature (Tolstoy & Dostoyevsky)
    Tagore, Neruda, Achebe (excerpts)
    Naipaul & Atwood (excerpts) 

  • English Through Time
    Topics covered
      - Indo-European Languages
      - Old English (excerpts)
      - Middle English (excerpts)
      - Non-Chaucerian tradition
      - Chaucer  
      - William Langland
      - Early Modern English
      - King James Bible
      - Shakespeare
      - Milton & Dryden
  • Prose and Poetry Writing
    Topics covered
      - Arts and craft of writing
      - Literacy devices
      - Figuratives language 
      - Imagery  
      - Critical reading
      - Writing poetry
      - Writing short stories
      - Rewriting/editing 
  • Performance Writing  

Year 3


  • Creative Writing Dissertation
  • Advanced Writing Practice
    Topics covered
      - Characterisation
      - Setting
      - Conflict
      - Creative non-finction
      - Writing poetry 
      - Figurative language
      - Narrative structure 
  • Patterns, Functions and the Description of English
  • Malaysian English
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Shakespeare and his Contemporaries on the Stage
    Topics covered
      - English Renaissance drama
      - Theatrical conventions
      - Collaboration & authorship
      - Problem of genre
      - Problem of staging
      - Critical approaches
      - William Shakespeare
      - Ben Jonson
      - Christopher Marlowe
      - Thomas Middleton
      - John Ford
  • Malaysian Literature in English
    Topics covered
      - Introduction: Poetry & Prose (excerpts from Ee Tiang Hong, Hillary 
        Tham, Lee Kok Liang, Kassim Ahmad, T. Wignesan)
      - Exile & Home (Wong Phui Nam)
      - Malay Malaysian Poets (Muhammad Haji Salleh, Omar Mohamad, 
        Salleh Bin Joned)
      - Identity & Belonging (Lloyd Fernando)
      - Border Crossings (Shirley Lim)
      - Malaysian Theater (Kee Thuan Chye, Huzir Sulaiman)
      - Malaysian Memoir (Rehman Rashid, Bernice Chauly)
      - Malaysian Gothic (K. S. Maniam, Tunku Halim, Eeleen Lee)
      - Expatriate Malaysians (Tan Twan Eng, Preetha Samarasan, Tash Aw)
      - Contemporary Stories (Shih-Li Kow, Shivani Sivagurunathan)
      - Contemporary poetry (Cecil Rajendra, Sheena Baharuddin, Charlene 
      - Gender & Sexuality (Brian Gomez, Pang Khe Teik, Karim Raslan, 
        Dina Zama)
  • Modern British Fiction since 1950
    Topics covered
      - Fin de Siècle 
      - Narrative Form
      - Genre & Intertextuality
       - Postcolonial Detective Fiction
      - Intertextuality & appropriation
      - Sex & Gender
      - Reader, Madness, Literature
      - Clash of Civilisations
      - Popular Fiction and Canon
Entry Requirements

Entry requirements

A Levels (A2 Level)

BBB, excluding critical thinking and general studies

IB Diploma 

30 points with 5,5,5 at Higher Level


B+B+B+, excluding Pengajian Am


2As and 3 B3s, excluding Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese language


ATAR 86 (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects)

Canadian (CIMP/ICPU)

88% average based on 6 subjects (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects)

College Placement Test (US Style Curriculum)

Minimum final GPA of 3.0 (out of 4) in High School Diploma plus, 1200 in SATr and 650,650,650 in SAT Subject Tests or 4,4,4 in Advanced Placement Tests. Students taking group B subjects may be made an offer across more than three subjects at Advanced Placement level.

Advance Placement (AP)

Applicants who are taking Advanced Placement Tests in addition to another recognised qualification (not US style curriculum), may be considered on a case-by-case basis without the SATr and SAT Subject Tests

Diploma - Other Institutions

Acceptance to the second year is on a case by case basis (and at the discretion of the School) but normally would require an overall GPA of 3.33 (out of 4) or 75% and above (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects), and previous studies must meet the prerequisite requirements to the programme

Foundation - Other Institutions

Acceptance is at the discretion of the School but normally would require an overall GPA of 3.33 (out of 4) or 75% and above (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects), and previous studies must meet the prerequisite requirements to the programme

The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus Foundation

Successful completion of the Foundation in Arts and Education programme with no failed modules

We strongly encourage all interested students to apply. Our students come to us with a diverse range of qualifications and we also consider applicants' personal statement, references and interview performance (if you have one) when making a decision. The only way for us to fully determine eligibility is through the submission of a completed application.

English Language Requirements


6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each element)


87 (minimum 20 in Speaking and 19 in all other elements)

PTE (Academic):

62 (with no less than 55 in each element)

GCE A Level English Language or English Literature:

grade C

GCE AS Level English Language or English Literature:

grade C


grade A-

1119 (GCE O Level):

grade B

GSCE/IGCSE (first language):

grade C

IGCSE (Second language):

grade B


grade A2


Band 5

IB English A1 or A2 (Standard or Higher):

4 points

IB English B (Higher Level):

4 points

IB English B (Standard Level):

5 points

IELTS and TOEFL test results must be less than two years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test.


Intake Months


Career Prospects

The creative, analytical and communication skills developed during an English degree will equip you for the changing demands of the 21st-century workplace.

English graduates have a wide range of career choices open to them. Just a few include broadcasting, journalism, communications, the creative industries, research, publishing, teaching, lecturing, advertising, marketing, management, business, banking, law, government service, human resources and public relations.

All fees are in RM (Ringgit Malaysia) currency unless stated otherwise.

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