Taught course

Creative Writing Crime Fiction

University of East Anglia · School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing (LDC)

Entry requirements

UK BA (Hons) 2:1 or equivalent preferred but not essential. Please visit UEA’s website for complete details.

Months of entry


Course content


Crime/thriller fiction is the most popular literary genre in the world, with UEA at the forefront of both its critical and creative study. This Master’s gives students a window to create a full-length novel under the guidance of award-winning crime writers and experienced creative writing tutors – without having to relocate or give up their day job. Delivered over two years via a specifically designed distance learning online platform, and three short residential periods per year, in September, January and May. Students can stay at UEA’s on-campus hotel.


Creative Writing will be supplemented with the critical study of landmark crime texts, while addressing other aspects such as characterisation, place, plot, and suspense. Residential periods incorporate creative and critical workshops and seminars, a masterclass from a leading crime writer, plus visits from literary agents and editors of crime fiction. Modules delivered by distance learning include tutor and student lead group presentations, discussions, workshopping, and one-on-one Skype tutorials.


UEA is a founding partner in ‘Noirwich’: Norwich’s annual Crime Writing Festival, which takes place in September to coincide with the student’s residential period. UEA offers exceptional links with leading crime writers, critics, publishers and agents, whose expertise is at your disposal.


Students can go on to publish with a major house, or work with smaller, more specialist publishers. Some graduates undertake further postgraduate study, or return to their original discipline (teaching, journalism, law). Students also have the opportunity to meet some of the UK’s leading agents, publishers and crime writers who are linked to this genre of writing as a career.

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
  • History
  • Language and Communication Studies
  • Literature, Drama and Creative Writing
  • Philosophy
  • 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


distance learning
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0)1603 591515