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Start datesSemester 1 (20 Feb 2023), Semester 2 (17 Jul 2023)No further intakeSemester 1 (20 Feb 2023), Semester 2 (17 Jul 2023)Semester 1 (20 Feb 2023), Semester 2 (17 Jul 2023)No further intakeSemester 1 (20 Feb 2023), Semester 2 (17 Jul 2023)
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Program Code40096
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67.00 (Median SR)
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Entry requirements

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

English and Writing Major

Study a major in English and Writing at the University of Newcastle

Studying the English and Writing major at the University of Newcastle allows you to explore both literary studies and practice-based creative writing so that you can combine or focus your major based on your interests and develop your strengths and skills according to your course preferences.

You may develop in-depth knowledge of literature in English and its transformation across time and/or practical understanding of the craft of creative writing.  Whatever your focus, you will have the opportunity to develop strong writing skills.

What jobs can you get with a major in English and Writing?

Career and work options for the University of Newcastle English and Writing graduates are both numerous and diverse.

The English and Writing major is highly relevant for those pursuing careers within the creative industries as well as across a broad range of sectors needing strong skills and expertise.

Courses in English and Writing provides an opportunity to develop critical thinking skills along with an in-depth understanding of writing for a range of different media. Your major will focus on literature from various periods and languages also enables you to develop skills that unlock your creative writing potential.

As an English and Writing student at UON, you will polish and apply your writing skills for careers in:

  • Print
  • Theatre
  • Film
  • Broadcasting
  • Online media and publications

Learn from the best

English Language and Literature is one of the University's key areas of strength, consistently ranking as one of the best each year.

In 2016, we ranked in the world's top 2% in 2016 QS World University Subject Rankings. Study English and Writing at the University of Newcastle to learn from and with the best.

To learn more about our expertise in English and Writing, please refer to our Humanities, Creative Industries and Social Sciences discipline contacts page.

Suitable for arts and humanities students with:

  • An interest in literature, written expression and creative writing.
  • Goals to pursue a career in one of the many forms of writing.
  • A commitment to learning about literary composition, its forms and how the context of the author has affected writing in the past.

What do you learn in an English and Writing major?

Study an English and Writing major to learn about literature from a range of historical periods, and to further develop your creative writing skills.

  • Reading English Literature: Introductory courses will see students study theoretical frameworks within which English literature can be read and interpreted. Students will learn about essay writing, literary analysis and begin to develop their creative writing skills.
  • Creative Writing: Creative writing courses will enable students to focus their major around the study of writing as a practice. You will learn about a range of forms including fiction, non-fiction and short fiction. Practices will also be studied, particularly composition and editing.
  • Studies of Literature: If you choose to study an English and writing major you will be permitted to take courses in the literature of historical periods, such as the Renaissance and Modern World. You will also be able to study literary genres such as children’s fantasy, and literary processes including film adaptation.

Which degrees include this major?

The Bachelor of Arts and associated degree programs allow you to study a major in English and Writing:

Related information

Diverse study options

If a Major in English and Writing through the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Aboriginal Practice is not for you, the University of Newcastle offers diverse alternative options. You may still study and gain expertise in this subject through other pathways.

Teach English in primary and secondary schools

English courses are open to University of Newcastle students in other programs. This includes those who are interested in pursuing an undergraduate teaching degree:

Postgraduate study

At the University of Newcastle, you can choose from diverse English and Writing postgraduate study options that will best suit your needs.

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