The course enhances your skills as an evolving writer and linguist at your own pace and in your own way, all the while showing you how your work relates to the wider realms of literary, cultural, social and political contexts. The programme seeks to move you progressively through a structured series of writing assignments and exercises, working on all genres of writing in the first academic year alongside introductory modules on linguistics and language study. You are then able to specialise in subsequent years. Both the Creative Writing and English Language elements of the degree allow you to work practically on your own writing but also the language of others. In the second academic year, the focus becomes more specific with modules that look at discourse analysis, language and identity as well as exploring different genres and mediums within creative writing. In the final academic year, you are able to specialise further and are encouraged to develop your own research interests. The modules explore the relationships between writing and the world beyond the University, looking at publishing, producing, community audiences, writing and teaching, and cognitive stylistics.