Taught course


Liverpool John Moores University · Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies

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Entry requirements

You will need:
  • Good Honours degree (classification 2:1 or above) in English, Writing or a cognate subject.

Applicants who demonstrate professional skills and evidence of achievement in a related area without formal qualifications will also be considered.

We place particular emphasis on both the portfolio and the interview. The above requirements may be waived if a portfolio shows promise.

Please refer to the Application and selection section for further information on the application and interview process.

Additional information:

  • Please see application and selection section below
  • IELTS English language requirement: 6.5 (Minimum 6.0 in each component)
  • Person requirements: 58-64 (Minimum 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
  • RPL is accepted on this programme
  • As this is only offered as a part-time masters degree, international students are not eligible to study this programme

If you have any specific queries, please contact apsadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk

Months of entry


Course content

This Writing MA from LJMU will provide you with the opportunity to read, write, reflect and develop your identity as a writer.
  • Study on a unique programme providing training in e-publishing and detailed peer critique workshops
  • Learn from published writers
  • Enjoy strong links with Curtis Brown, Blake Friedman, The Society of Authors, the Royal Literary Fund, NAWE, Hodder and Stoughton, Parthian, Salt, Everyman Theatre, Byte the Book, Misspelled Word, Tindall Street, BBC Radio, Comma Press and Faber & Faber
This unique programme will help you to develop a contemporary and traditional foundation in creative writing, finding a creative voice of your own.

The programme explores the process of writing from first inspiration to final draft and publication and reflects the need for writers to keep up-to-date with rapid advances in the new technologies of contemporary publishing. You will benefit from the close study of writerly techniques and strategies, develop your work to a professional standard and gain access to professional practitioners, such as visiting novelists, poets and screenwriters as well as editors, agents and publishers. In this way your work will be able to thrive in the wider world.

Although you will be encouraged to explore at least two genres of writing across the programme, you will be free to specialise in any genre. Workshops form the heart of the course, sharing your work, developing your editing skills, defining and enhancing your identity as a writer.

Other activities involve reading as a writer, exploring new technologies such as websites, e-publishing and social networks, as well as meeting guest writers, agents and editors. These further develop the programme’s aim of finding the best ways for you to advance and perfect your writing.

Information for international students

Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

Fees and funding

Please see the course page for more information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0151 231 5090