School of English

Building a successful career

Studying drama and creative writing can be an end in itself - allowing you to explore your passion and develop it into a career.

One of the many strengths of our degree is that the skills you gain can also be applied to different careers, which is why our graduates are so in demand.

University of the Year 2017 Graduate Employment

Creative careers

Clare Harvey, MA Creative Writing, prize-winning author

Clare's MA dissertation turned into the prize-winning novel The Gunner Girl.
The MA really did what it said on the tin: it made me understand the internal workings of fiction and, without doubt, made me a better writer.

Helping you gain vital work experience


Bespoke placements run throughout the academic year with theatre companies, creative writing collectives, literary festivals and many more! You will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience and enhance your own practice.

The placement students become part of the voice of the organisation, which we like to be diverse and varied. They help with key activity in terms of promoting our events and sessions and engaging in useful research.

Charlotte Hodkinson
Lead producer, Mouthy Poets


Volunteer with the Literacy Support Project

Volunteering in local schools can help improve literacy levels, inspire others and develop your own skills in communication and creative thinking. 

The number of classroom hours that I completed has allowed me to apply for postgraduate teacher training, thus bringing me a step closer to my dream job.

Joe Jones
Literacy Support Project volunteer

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More about careers and employability

What our graduates say

Anthony Lau

Anthony-Lau-HeadshotWas actively involved in writing and directing with the New Theatre.

Now works at the Nuffield Theatre as part of the BBC Performing Arts Fellowship scheme.

The University of Nottingham allowed me the time and opportunities to discover what I really wanted to do but more importantly it gave me the means to try and fail in a supportive environment.


Laura Lomas

Laura LomasBA Hons English.

Now developing her career as a successful playwright.

Throughout my time at Nottingham my tutors were always incredibly supportive and genuinely interested in my writing. Having that encouragement early on, from tutors I really respected was very important to me when I first started writing.


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The University of Nottingham
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