Entry requirements

Normally a 2:1 degree from a UK university or equivalent and evidence of writing ability. An ordinary degree, foundation degree, higher national diploma, or university diploma, accompanied by substantial experience in an appropriate field. A sample of not more than ten pages of original writing must be submitted with all applications. An IELTS score of 7 or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

With staff including several award-winning writers, this programme will develop and hone your creativity. You will produce a substantial portfolio of original writing as you engage with the best contemporary work being published.
We provide a dedicated audience as a workshop-based programme, challenging you to submit your best writing throughout the term.
Your work will be read and discussed in the context of the best contemporary writing, exploring elements of craft and process as you work towards final products. Staff have the breadth of expertise and publishing success to guide your writing in all forms. We aim to help you accomplish your potential in the marketplace.
What makes you unique? Can your novel make a screenplay? How can you turn your compilation of 'best poems' into a coherent collection? How can you add narrative pace to creative fiction? What kind of freelance and reviewing work could you develop from your knowledge and interests? Our range of modules helps you answer such questions, and develop a truly strong body of work to propel your career to its next stage.
Completing four modules results in the PgDip award, qualifying you to write a creative MA dissertation, a supervised project of original writing such as: a collection of stories; a section of a novel; a full-length play/film script; narrative nonfiction, or a collection of poems.

Our staff include Gerard Donovan, fiction writer of various stories and novels including the internationally-lauded Julius Winsome, and Anthony Caleshu, author of two books of poems and editor of the journal, Short FICTION.

Programme content
Fiction: stories and novels
Poetry and creative non-fiction
Dramatic writing: stage and screen
Research for writers: Preparing a Dissertation
Dissertation (tutorial/independent study)

Information for international students

An IELTS score of 7 or equivalent is required.

Fees and funding

The new Postgraduate Loan for masters degrees in the UK will be introduced for students commencing in the 2016-17 academic year.

As part of a new government funded masters loan scheme, masters students who are under the age of 60 can now access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study.

The loans will be available for both taught and research masters programmes across all disciplines and subject areas (excluding PGCE, PgCert, PgDip, MClinRes or ResM).

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment100
Dissertation (25000 words)

Course contact details

Admissions Office
+44 (0)1752 585858