Admission to the course is based on a portfolio of creative writing, our estimate of the student's commitment and potential as a writer and ability to benefit from the course, and normally, but not invariably, on a first degree. Applicants will need to submit a short piece of creative writing with their application form, such as two chapters of a novel, two short stories, six poems, or the equivalent.
MA Creative Writing
Months of entry
The MA in Creative Writing is concerned with imaginative writing, which includes novels, short stories, poetry and non-fiction. The emphasis is upon encouragement, to help you to find and pursue a direction in your writing, and to understand the process of offering a manuscript for publication.
Because of the reputation of the MA in Creative Writing, we are able to recruit excellent students who, every year, form an exciting and mutually supportive community of writers. Frequent visits by other writers, literary agents, publishers, broadcasters and other professionals connected with writing ensure that students are given plentiful advice about how to place work and make decisions about their careers as writers.
The course is not for the writer whose only interest is in their own work, but rather for the writer who can benefit from working closely with fellow students and with tutors, many of whom are practising and published writers.
In recent years, several current or former students have been awarded excellent contracts for novels; Two were long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, three for the Orange Prize, one for the Costa Prize and one for the Guardian First Book Award. One received the Betty Trask Prize; another the Manchester Book Award; another a W.H. Smith New Talent Award. One reached the best-seller lists. Student poets have had their poetry accepted for publication in numerous literary journals, including Ambit, Magma, London Magazine, Poetry Wales, PN Review and The Reader, among others, and have been placed in such competitions as the Bridport, the Frogmore, Mslexia, and Writers Inc. Janklow and Nesbit Ltd, a leading literary agency, awards an annual prize for the best novel or novel in progress by a student on the course.
Information for international students
Candidates will be admitted on the basis of their creative writing in English, which should show, in the judgement of the course team, clear potential to reach publishable quality. Non-native English speakers will need minimum IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 550 or equivalent. For further information visit our website.
Fees and funding
For further information visit our website.
Qualification and course duration
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Course contact details
- Richard Kerridge
- +44 (0) 1225 875 573
- +44 (0) 1225 875 444