Taught course

Creative Writing

Manchester Metropolitan University · Faculty of Humanities, Languages and Social Science

Entry requirements

Students with an undergraduate UK honours degree (or international equivalent) in any humanities discipline may apply. Non-standard applications will be considered. All applicants are asked to submit a portfolio of creative and critical writing, and references. The portfolio should consist of a sample of your own creative work and a sample of critical writing. For the creative sample, applicants to the Novel route should submit a 2,000 word extract from a novel or short story; applicants to the Poetry route should submit upto 15 poems. For the critical sample, all applicants are asked to write a 500 word book review to a publishable standard, showing evidence of close reading and explaining what it is about the book(s) you find useful as a writer; the selected book(s) should be relevant to the specialist MA route to which you are applying to (e.g. Novel OR Poetry). Both the creative and critical samples should be double-spaced. As our MA focuses on the imaginative novel and poetry writing, please do not submit any non-literary journalism or blog extracts, script-writing or life-writing. Students with an undergraduate honours degree in any humanities discipline may apply. Non-standard applications will be considered, subject to submission of satisfactory portfolio and references.

There are three specialist routes: Poetry, the novel and writing for children. The poetry and novel routes are also available to study online.

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 Arts (MA) Creative Writing programme, you will explore and practice techniques and styles of modern and contemporary writing and apply these through the development of your own creative work. MA students undertake a taught element blending writing workshops with reading units and an elective, and then complete their studies through submission of an extended piece of writing from a proposed full-length book. The MA is available to complete in one year full-time, or two years part-time/online.

You will specialise in one of the following routes:

  • Novel Writing (including Short Fiction)
  • Poetry Writing
  • Writing for Children & Young Adults
  • Place Writing

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.

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Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months
part time
36 months


distance learning
24 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
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