Entry requirements

Entry requirements (Home)
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.
Due to the competitive nature of this programme, applications are being considered in stages, with deadlines for 2018 entry as follows:
Stage 1 Application deadline: 31 May 2018
1. Applicants should complete the online application form and include in the personal statement section reasons why you wish to study this programme.
2. Attach a CV which details your previous studies in the field and any publications
3. Attach a portfolio of work up to 2,500 words in length
4. Prepare for a merit-based selection interview
Stage 2 Short-listed applicants invited to attend interview: Interviews take place week commencing 25 June 2018
Merit based selection will assess:
1. Quality of work and potential for improvement/development
2. Commitment to the degree
3. Any publications/knowledge of the industry
4. Previous results, especially for those who have undertaken undergraduate studies
The panel will read, discuss and call in for interview in June.
Applications received after the application deadline may not be considered if the programme is full.
Entry requirements (International)
As this is only offered as a part-time masters degree, international students are not eligible to study this programme.
Application and selection
You will be required to complete an application form, which includes a one-page statement explaining your reasons for applying, plus a portfolio of 20 pages of screen, stage and/or radio play(s), or 3,000 words of fiction, or 100-150 lines of poetry, or an equivalent combination of these genres.

Months of entry


Course content

Explore your own original ideas in a specialist environment of feedback and critique from academics, novelists, playwrights and poets. Housed within the Liverpool Screen School you will produce a body of creative work and gain an in-depth knowledge of your craft.

  • Course now recruiting on an annual basis
  • Masters degree available to study part-time (two years)
  • Learn from practising and published writers
  • Study on a unique programme providing training in e-publishing and detailed peer critique workshops
  • 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, Tindall Street, BBC Radio, Comma Press and Faber & Faber
  • Taught in the £38million Redmonds Building in the heart of Liverpool city centre

The part-time MA Writing programme is ideal if you want to develop your writing talent with tutors who are practicing and published writers.

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.

Examiners attest to the programme’s national standing, scrupulous assessments and high quality of teaching and student work. In the national 2014 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES), the programme rated 100% satisfaction for most aspects of the course.

Information for international students

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team for more information and advice.

Fees and funding

Please see the course page for more information.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0151 231 5090