Taught course

Creative Writing

University of Essex · Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies

Entry requirements

Upper second class honours degree or equivalent in relevant subject area.

Months of entry


Course content

Building on our strong tradition of creative writing, our MA Creative Writing offers you a unique approach to the practice of writing with emphasis on innovation and experiment. Our wide variety of modules deepen your knowledge of literary tradition, and different modes and genres, in order to develop your practical skills of expression and invention. With planned readings and writing exercises in class, you expand your techniques, as well as your critical judgement of your own work.

Our creative writing teaching team has a breadth of experience in the literatures of different cultures and different forms. Our current teaching staff include internationally acclaimed novelist and critic Marina Warner, poet and short story writer Philip Terry, lyric writer Adrian May, poet, playwright and novelist Glyn Maxwell and award-winning playwrights Elizabeth Kuti and Jonathan Lichtenstein. Less formally, we have readings, talks and visiting writers and also currently host two Royal Literary Fund Fellows, who are professional writers on hand to help you develop your writing on a one-to-one basis.

Our Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies is distinctive in the breadth of our cultural interests, combining expertise in literature, film, and theatre studies to provide a strong and supportive environment for your studies.

Many of our academic staff are scholars of international reputation including our professors, John Gillies, Richard Gray, Peter Hulme and Marina Warner, who are recognised experts in the fields respectively of Shakespeare, US literature, postcolonial studies, and cultural history. Richard Gray was the first specialist in US literature to be appointed to the British Academy, while Marina Warner is a distinguished novelist who has been appointed to the British Academy. Since 2009, internationally acclaimed poet and Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott has worked annually with our students as our Professor of Poetry. In January 2011, he was awarded the prestigious TS Eliot Prize for his latest collection, White Egrets.

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0.

Fees and funding

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, visit our website at: www.essex.ac.uk.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment50
Dissertation50 (20000 words)

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 872719