Taught course

Writing the Modern World

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

Entry requirements

Open to applicants with a good Honours degree - UK BA (Hons) 2:1 or equivalent. Applicants must submit a sample of academic writing (essay from undergraduate degree) for assessment. Please visit UEA’s website for complete details.

Months of entry


Course content


Writing in the Modern World is devoted to the critical and creative study of 20th and 21st century literature. Writing is understood as what we read and what we make; exploring the interrelation of the two activities is central to this MA. As a student on Writing the Modern World you will both reflect on and participate in this on-going dynamic of thinking, reading and writing about modern and contemporary literature.


At the core of this degree are two innovative modules: Living Modernism and Creative-Critical Writing. Theory in both of these modules is treated as an interactive component of the 20th and 21st century literary tradition. Two further modules are selected from a variety of specialist options, including ones from related MA programmes. The programme concludes with a dissertation, where students work one-to-one with a tutor on a topic of their own choosing.


As well as being taught by prize-winning scholars and authors, you will also encounter the foremost figures in contemporary writing via the UEA Literary Festival. As a postgraduate student in the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing you’ll be part of a vibrant mix of MA and PhD students who are engaged in writing the modern world in a variety of ways: from producing critical studies of novels, poetry or plays through to writing their own.


Many students have used their course dissertation as a testing ground for further study at PhD-level. You will be prepared for pursuing doctoral research, but also equipped with transferable skills in research, project management and critical thinking that you are needed to pursue a career outside academia.

Information for international students

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows: - IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components) - PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)

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


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0) 1603 591515