Entry requirements

In order to apply, you will need to submit a completed application form, a sample of creative writing, a book review and one reference. For more information please visit our website.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

At the heart of the Manchester Writing School are our Masters programmes in Creative Writing, available to study on campus in Manchester, and also from anywhere in the world via online distance learning.

On our Master of Fine Arts (MFA) programme, you will explore and practice techniques and styles of modern and contemporary writing and apply these through the development of your own full-length book. MFA students undertake all of the elements of our MA Creative Writing programme (a taught element blending writing workshops with reading units, an elective, and a dissertation), then take an additional unit about the publishing industry and submit a full-length manuscript: a completed novel, poetry collection, book for children or young adults, or book about place. The MFA is available to complete over two years full-time or three years part-time/online.

You will be introduced to professionals from the publishing industries which may include literary agents, publishers, broadcasters and arts practisioners, and the School has strong links with many major arts, educational and cultural organisations. Our MFA model is unparalleled in coaching students through the development and completion of a full-length book under the sustained guidance of distinguished, practising writers and seeing those students achieve success in publishing.

You will specialise in one of the following routes:

  • Novel Writing (including Short Fiction)
  • Poetry Writing
  • Writing for Children & Young Adults
  • Place Writing (Creative Non-fiction)

Applications are also welcome from those already holding an MA in Creative Writing (180 credits) – from Manchester Metropolitan or other universities – who would like to top-up to an MFA, by taking an additional 120 credits (inlcuding the Manuscript unit).

For more information about the Manchester Writing School, including profiles of staff and published students, and news items about events and projects, visit mmu.ac.uk/writingschool

Information for international students

For more information to support your studies in the UK, including course details, how to apply, and living in the UK visit www.mmu.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
See website for details
International students
See website for details

Please visit out Masters scholarships page for information on funding opportunities.

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Qualification and course duration

MFA

full time
24 months
distance learning
36 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries Team
Email
postgradenglish@mmu.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 161 247 6969