Taught course

Creative Writing (Distance Learning)

Lancaster University · English Literature and Creative Writing

Entry requirements

A 2:1 Honours degree (UK or equivalent) in a Humanities subject is normally required.

We may also consider non-standard applications where you either have a degree in other subjects, or relevant professional experience and/or publications.

Please contact us for more information.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

Additional Requirements

As part of your application you also need to provide

A portfolio of original writing (no more than 12 poems or 20 pages of prose/scriptwriting) showing potential for publication.

An outline (approximately 300-400 words) of your proposed project, which is the single point of assessment and is submitted at the end of the course. This could be a collection of short stories, poems, a script, extracts from a longer fiction, creative non-fiction, or life writing piece.

Months of entry


Course content

Why Lancaster?

  • Study from anywhere in the world, whenever it suits you, with our online tutorials and conferences
  • Sharpen your writing with detailed individual feedback from a published author in your chosen genre
  • Join us for a summer school on campus to spend time with our friendly community, share your work and learn from brilliant writers
  • Learn from published writers who specialise in long prose fiction, memoir, short stories, poetry and work for stage and screen
  • Work towards your ambition of being a published writer – we’ll help you turn your passion into a career path
  • We believe distance learning should be like a book – you should be able to pick it up and put it down when it suits you. By studying with us, you can benefit from invaluable one-to-one support from one of our published writers and work on your writing project without changing your lifestyle.

A global community

The DLMA Creative Writing at Lancaster has an established track record of success: our list of graduates who have published their work speaks for itself. Studying with us, you’ll become part of our diverse community of students who connect with each other from all corners of the globe, each bringing their unique personal experiences and cultural perspectives to the course.

Supporting your success

To support your writing project, you’ll learn from detailed online one-to-one tutorials and group conferences. We’ll match you with a published writer in your chosen genre who will be your personal tutor throughout the programme. As well as this one-to-one support, you’ll take part in virtual conferences where you’ll share your work with other students and members of our expert team.

Unmissable summer school

In the summer term of your first year, we run a week-long summer school on campus. Past students have travelled to Lancaster from locations ranging from the USA to Singapore. While this is an optional part of the programme, previous participants have said this is a highlight of the programme as they have the chance to meet other students in person, join interactive workshops and review their progress face-to-face.

During this exciting week, you’ll also benefit from interacting with professionals such as agents, publishers and writers who join us from across the UK. You’ll also take part in a field trip to the Wordsworth Trust in the beautiful Lake District.

Information for international students

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 7.0, and a minimum of 6.5 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email pgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Fees and funding


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Admissions coordinator
+44 (0)1524 593089