You will need either of the following: BA degree in English with elements of creative writing (2:1 or higher) BA degree in English (2:1 or higher) supported by a creative writing portfolio Students with other BA degrees (2:1 or higher) containing distinct elements of literary and/or film studies, and supported by a creative writing portfolio, will be considered.
Months of entry
This programme is for those who have completed an undergraduate degree containing some creative writing or for English graduates with considerable experience in writing creatively and who wish to proceed to a career or further study in this area. You will receive instruction and experience across a range of writing types, including new media, collaborating with other students across genres before specialising in either screenwriting, playwriting, fiction or poetry for your dissertation.
The programme brings together students who are working in different genres so that you can engage collaboratively across genres before specialising in screenwriting, playwriting, fiction or poetry for your dissertation.
You will take five core modules [full descriptions available below]:
- Creative Writing Research Skills I: Theories and Practice
- Creative Writing Research Skills II: Theories, Models, Self
- Poem as Story - Story as Poem
- Intertextuality: Story, Genre, Craft
- Editing as Collaborative Practice
You will also take one optional module from within English, or from another discipline.
You will complete the programme with a dissertation which will be 75% creative portfolio and 25% critical essay. You will write a 20,000-25,000 word portfolio of creative work in as a screenplay, novella, excerpt of a novel, a collection of short fiction or a collection of poetry. This will be accompanied by a 5,000-word essay placing your work in a critical and creative context, with reference to your development as a writer over the course of the MA. You will receive feedback on work in progress during one-to-one tutorials and in work-sharing seminars with peers (groups divided along the lines of genre/form).
The programme is also assessed by creative portfolios and assignments throughout the taught modules.
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Fees and funding
Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. For more information, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Enquiry Service
- 0121 414 5005