To join this MA, you should have a degree equivalent to UK second class honours (2:2 or above) or a degree with additional academic support, such as a diploma or comparable qualification, in a professional field.
Academic training in an arts subject is an advantage but a commitment to writing as a practice (at whatever stage in a writing career) is more important. A general willingness to participate and be self-critical and analytical is also important. A key part of the entry process is the presentation of a portfolio of your creative work (5,000 words of fiction or a group of 10-15 poems).
Months of entry
This is a programme for practising writers who wish to improve their craft, learn about contemporary forms of writing and continue to reflect on their progress. This is both in terms of a distinctive philosophy of writing and in terms of the practicalities of making creative work public.
You should have some experience of writing fiction, poetry or prose (although there is not a requirement for this work to have been published), or scriptwriting, and wish to further your skills within the academic context of creative writing as an academic discipline. You will work with a core team of professional writers and other professionals to develop your creative work and nurture an understanding about the nature of your continuing creativity, aiming towards producing a final manuscript for possible publication.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for full-time study on this MA are: £5,040 for UK and EU students and £12,750 for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2018/19; £5,220 for UK and EU students and £13,000 for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2019/20. Tuition fees for part-time study on this MA are: £28 per credit for UK and EU students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2018/19, i.e. £560 per 20 credit module; £29 per credit for UK and EU students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2019/20. i.e. £580 per 20 credit module. 180 credits are required to complete a Masters degree.The University may administer a small inflationary rise in part-time postgraduate tuition fees in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.