Entry requirements

- Hold a good Second-Class Honours BA degree or an equivalent qualification.

- Have studied a relevant subject such as English, Comparative Literature, Theatre and Drama, Film and Media Studies, Creative Writing, Humanities.

We welcome applications from candidates who may not meet the standard entrance criteria but who hold alternative credentials and can demonstrate their potential to produce written work at the requisite level, or who can offer prior learning which may satisfy City's requirements for RPL/RPEL. The prime criteria are demonstrable writing ability and commitment to learning. The prime criteria are proven ability and commitment.

For students whose first language is not English, an IELTS score of at least 7.0 is required.

Months of entry


Course content

With a focus on imagination as a vital ingredient in the ability of writing to impact people’s lives, City’s MA Creative Writing allows you to explore your passion through the genre of your choice. The MA Creative Writing offers you the opportunity to develop your creative writing skills in a specific genre of your choice, in Fiction, Non-fiction or Genre Fiction. You will gain an understanding of how to read as a writer, with an informed awareness of the choices faced and the decisions taken by the writer of a text, and this understanding will inform and enrich your own writing practice. You will also acquire an understanding of the business of writing, the different forms and requirements of print and electronic publication, and the role of editors, agents and publishers in the publication process.

The programme is underpinned by the conviction that the imagination is a vital mode of perception and enquiry and that language and literature have the power to transform individual lives and cultures.
Our academics have a range of experience and expertise, from novelists and non-fiction writers to publishing industry professionals. Therefore, you will not only gain an understanding of the creative process from inception to completion but of writing as a professional practice. On the course you will develop your technical awareness of and skills in creative writing across a range of genres, as well as in your chosen genre, and also acquire a range of transferable skills.

You will also develop personal and professional attributes such as self-management and direction, awareness of personal responsibility, motivation, flexibility, capacity to deploy academic skills and knowledge, and reflexivity. The course not only prepares you for a potential career in areas such as professional writing or publishing but also for further MFA/PhD study and research, and to expedite your access to such programmes.

Fees and funding

Please visit: https://www.city.ac.uk/prospective-students/courses/postgraduate/creative-writing

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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