Entry requirements

The standard entrance requirement is a good first degree in any Humanities discipline. UK applicants should normally have a 2.1 or above, though applicants with non-standard qualifications are also invited to apply. International students will be considered on the basis of their transcripts and references. Non-native speakers of English need to have a minimum of IELTS at 6.5 or TOEFL at 580/237.

Months of entry


Course content

The Diploma/MLitt in Creative Writing is a taught postgraduate programme designed to offer students the opportunity to develop their creativity and literary skills in a highly supportive, constructive learning environment. It also introduces students to, and prepares them thoroughly for, the processes and challenges involved in publishing creative written work, whether poetry or prose.

Students can take this degree as a stand-alone one-year or two-year part-time Masters degree (but immigration regulations prevent an overseas student from outside the EU from studying part-time), or as a first step towards an MPhil or PhD (subject to admission to a further degree programme either at Aberdeen or elsewhere). Hence, it is likely to appeal to those who wish to develop their own knowledge and practical skill in imaginative writing, those who wish to create a solid foundation on which to build a PhD research proposal in Creative Writing and those who wish to teach Creative Writing.

Information for international students

The English Language Requirement for all College of Arts and Social Sciences Masters programmes is an IELTS of 6.5 with 6.0 in the writing and reading (or equivalent TOEFL iBT or PTE). For more information see www.abdn.ac.uk/international/english-requirements

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
9 months
part time
21 months

Course contact details

D Wheatley
+44 (0)1224 272625