Taught course

Creative Writing

Durham University · Department of English Studies

Entry requirements

Students are usually required to have an Honours Degree at 2:1 level or higher or GPA average of 3.2 from a recognised national or international university. Students should submit a sample of 4-6 poems or 2,000 words of fiction.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Creative Writing is an exciting new programme at Durham University. Taught by award-winning writers Dr Paul Batchelor and Dr Vidyan Ravinthiran, this is an academically rigorous programme that will develop students’ practical knowledge of writing poetry and prose fiction. Students will receive structured support through writing workshops and one-to-one tutorials in order to develop their own ideas. Students will also study a broad range of literature from the 20th and 21st centuries, and produce new work in response.

Information for international students

All students for whom English is not their first language must have achieved a level of at least 110 in the TOEFL IBT (Internet Based Test) or 7.0 in the IELTS test (with no element below 6.5) or instruction in English for a degree within the past two years.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

English Studies
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