Open to applicants with a good Honours degree - UK BA (Hons) 2:1 or equivalent – preferred but not essential. Admission is via application portfolio of writing, personal statement and interview (Skype option available for overseas applicants). Please visit UEA’s website for complete details.
Months of entry
When the first Creative Writing MA was introduced in 1970 at UEA, it was the first of its kind in the UK, and is still distinguished by the unrivalled success of its alumni. This Master’s of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing builds on UEA’s extensive connections with publishers and agents, ultimately benefitting its students who will graduate equipped to launch their career as published writers, with extensive training and experience to support their literary career, or to teach it to others.
The first year of the MFA will offer all the benefits of a workshop-based approach to teaching writing. The second year will be structured on the PhD model, offering one-to-one supervision of works-in-progress, culminating in the submission of a full-length publishable piece for assessment.
Including workshops, tutorials and the double-marking of assignments, your work will be read and commented upon by faculty members around 35 times over the course of the MFA. There will be opportunities to share your work with visiting writers, such as UNESCO professors, including novelists Ali Smith, James Lasdun and Margaret Atwood.
You will become confident with all aspects of professional writing, and will enjoy greatly enhanced prospects of publication on graduation in the areas of teaching, publishing, literary agent, journalism, public relations, communications, the media, arts development and administration. The MFA is also an entry-level qualification for a career in academia in the USA, giving graduates the opportunity immediately to pursue a teaching role at undergraduate level.
Information for international students
We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Usual entry requirements are as follows: IELTS: 7.0 (minimum 6.0 each section, 7.0 in writing); PTE (Pearson): 68 (minimum 55 each section, 68 in writing)
Fees and funding
On an annual basis students studying a Postgraduate degree in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at UEA are eligible for a selection of scholarship and funding opportunities. This funding is part of UEA’s dedication to developing and enhancing postgraduate education in all disciplines of the Arts and Humanities.
Faculty of Arts and Humanities scholarships and/or bursaries are offered to students in the following areas of study:
- American Studies
- Art History and World Art Studies
- Film and Television
- Language and Communication Studies
- Literature, Drama and Creative Writing
- Political, Social and International Studies
As funds are limited you are strongly advised to apply early to avoid disappointment.
Applicants should contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office at UEA for further information.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Admissions Office
- +44 (0)1603 59 3527