Taught course

Professional Writing

Falmouth University · School of Writing and Journalism

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from those with relevant Level 6 qualifications, or relevant equivalent experience, and a demonstrable interest in their subject. If you have professional experience, this can sometimes be substituted for traditional academic qualifications. This experience should be current (gained within the last five years) and should be equivalent to the learning outcomes of our minimum entry qualifications.

Months of entry

January, October

Course content

On this commercially focused course, which can be studied either full-time on campus or part-time online, you'll develop the core skills you need to write flexibly and effectively.

Whether it's fiction, non-fiction, marketing copy, magazine features or screenplays, you'll learn how to tailor your work to competitive and fast-moving markets, developing a high-quality portfolio along with the confidence and professionalism you need to forge a successful career.

The course is taught entirely by practising writers and editors, and you'll also benefit from Falmouth's outstanding connections across the writing and publishing sector, with opportunities to learn from many leading writers and publishing industry insiders. Through a wide range of projects, live briefs and assignments, you'll discover your strengths as a writer, explore media and audience, and learn how to develop and pitch your ideas – all setting you up to excel as a professional writer.

The MA has a strong reputation for giving talented writers the skills needed to build a viable career. That's because we recognise that only by working to exacting, real-world standards can you rise to the tough demands of life as a writer.

You'll be immersed in the world of writing from the outset, learning how to create compelling narratives and voices before going on to apply these techniques to the specialist areas of your choice. You'll gain in-depth understanding of the content industry, and of how to raise your own professional profile within it. You'll be part of a lively and supportive community of fellow writers – whether you take the MA as a full-time or a part-time (online) student.

On graduation you'll be primed to tackle the writing industry head on – with a portfolio and accomplished working style ready to impress potential employers and meet any writing challenge.

Note: The part-time online option starts in January each year.

Information for international students

Please apply using the online application form on our website. You will be asked to submit a portfolio of creative work and satisfy the English language entry requirement IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. We offer a range of scholarships for international applicants, details are available on our website.

Fees and funding

UK students
£5,250 FT / £3,250 PT per year
International students
£12,500 FT / £6,250 PT per year

The University has been awarded 30 postgraduate bursaries of £10,000 each for students admitted to taught Masters degree programmes at Falmouth in September/October 2015. The scheme can only consider applications from students who: have been paying £9,000 fees as an undergraduate (and graduate in 2015); are a UK or EU student; and qualified for grant/bursary support in their final year of undergraduate studies, or were from Cornwall prior to commencing their undergraduate studies, or have a disability which qualifies for DSA.

Please note that students applying for the part time distant learning option do not qualify for this award.

For more information and to apply, please visit our website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
distance learning
24 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
01326 213730