Taught course

Crime and Thriller Writing

University of Cambridge · Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course will normally have achieved a UK 2.1 honours degree or overseas equivalent.

There is provision to accept non-standard applicants who do not satisfy the standard academic criterion. Such applicants must produce evidence of relevant and equivalent experience and their suitability for the course.

Months of entry


Course content

You will be guided in the production of a novel-length work of crime or thriller fiction and also in critical reflection of your own work and that of other writers. The course tutors and guest speakers are all established literary professionals and there will be the opportunity to meet representatives from the world of publishing.

Who is the course designed for?

  • anyone who wants to write a crime novel or thriller - whether they are as yet unpublished or have already published, or self-published, in this genre;
  • a published crime writer who wants to improve their craft;
  • an established writer who is considering moving into the crime/thriller genre.

Aims of the programme

By the end of the course students should have

  • Developed their own writing and self-editing skills within the crime and thriller writing genres
  • Developed a solid and substantial understanding of the history (in terms of innovative developments) of crime and thriller writing and of critical, analytical and narrative theory

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Masters
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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