Entry requirements

Offers are typically made to applicants holding an undergraduate degree with at least upper second-class honours (or equivalent). Each applicant will be assessed on an individual basis through their application, reference, a creative writing sample and personal statement.

Northeastern University London welcomes applications from mature students who may have been out of education for a while who have equivalent professional experience.

Months of entry


Course content

The Master of Arts in Contemporary Creative Writing at Northeastern University London equips students with the knowledge, craft skills and discipline needed to be a creative writer now. There are more routes to publication available than ever before. However, navigating the twenty-first century literary marketplace requires specialist skills and knowledge alongside artistic prowess.

From the moment they join our MA programme, our students are considered writers and supported in achieving their personal and professional creative goals. Diverse contemporary authors and publication platforms are foregrounded, contextualised by the study of significant shifts in the literary landscape over the last 25 years. This enables students to situate their creative practice in today’s marketplace, develop awareness of avenues for artistic expression and gain professional skills suitable for the creative industries. All courses are led by published authors who are also experienced academics at the forefront of Creative Writing as a discipline.

This fully online MA aims to be flexible and inclusive, with full- and part-time study options. Writers evolve their creative practice in a supportive and structured online learning environment, suitable for a writing community including recent graduates, lifelong learners, returners to education, and writers with wellbeing or access needs.

Students will take courses which explore fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, scripts and screenplays alongside each other, and others which enable them to specialise in favoured forms. A combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning tasks means writers can work in a way which accommodates their individual lifestyles. These include lively online forums, interactive learning activities, creative writing workshops, face-to-face webinars and regular bespoke feedback from tutors on works-in-progress. Community is central: although working at distance, students work closely with peers and tutors on developing craft, critical and editing skills, preparing them to work professionally with editors, producers, agents, publishers and publicists.

Writers can choose to enrich their online experience by attending Northeastern University London’s annual in-person Summer Writing Series at an additional cost. This option is open to all MA students but is not a required element of the programme. Participants will be able to meet peers and tutors, write together and attend a series of live literary events curated by the Creative Writing Faculty. Events may include author talks, creative industry Q&As, guest lectures, professional role plays and live workshops.

Our MA in Contemporary Creative Writing is an innovative, flexible programme which aims to draw together writers from across the world. This enables diverse experiences, encounters and perspectives to inform a truly global outlook on being a creative writer today.

Questions about the Master of Arts in Contemporary Creative Writing? Email the programme founder Dr Claire Griffiths at claire.griffiths@nulondon.ac.uk to enquire or set up a Zoom chat. Alternatively, ask the Creative Writing team via Twitter: @WritingNULondon.

Why Choose Our MA Contemporary Creative Writing?

  • To be part of a new kind of MA, focused on contemporary creative writing. Who is being published now, why, and how can you join them?
  • Our innovative online experience: work in a way that suits your lifestyle, with full- or part-time study, weekly synchronous and asynchronous learning activities, and plenty of live interaction with tutors and peers.
  • To be inspired by writers from all over the world, working as part of a diverse writing community.
  • To work with lecturers who are also authors, and who will offer bespoke feedback on your writing.
  • For the option to participate in our annual in-person Summer Writing Series, where you can meet tutors, peers and industry professionals, and take part in live classes, talks and workshops.
  • Our Inaugural Cohort Scholarship: to celebrate the launch of the MA, all successful applicants for our first cohorts will receive a £2,250 scholarship towards the cost.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Inaugural Cohort Scholarship

Home & International: £2,250

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

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