You will normally have a 2.1 Honours degree (or equivalent), though this is not a pre-requisite.
The primary basis for admission is the appraisal of a portfolio of your creative work.
You submit a portfolio of original work (poetry, fiction, life-writing or other prose, drama, and in some instances a portfolio of work in or of translation). A maximum of 20 pages (one side only, double spaced throughout) per submission will be considered, and the portfolio can contain prose, verse, script, or a combination of these.
We also require two letters of reference. Your referees should include an academic and a creative referee where possible. Where this is not possible, you can provide referees from other areas who can vouch that you are who you say you are and that your work and achievements are your own. It is particularly helpful if these referees are familiar with your writing and can provide references on that basis.
Months of entry
Our celebrated creative writing programme is perfect for talented and aspiring writers looking to gain adventurous and needed creative and critical skills. This is an exciting and supportive online course that offers you the opportunity to develop your writing practice wherever you are in the world.
Why this programme
- You will be taught by a number of successful and well-regarded writers and many of our graduates have gone on to be published and acclaimed authors.
- We have strong links with literary agents and publishers, and an impressive list of published alumni.
- This programme is delivered online and offers flexible study around your existing commitments.
This programme is directed at those who are already engaged in writing. Its clear three-part structure, focused on creative, critical and practical issues, distinguishes this programme from the others offered in the UK.
Taking the online distance learning MLitt full-time:
The programme structure covers:
- Creative workshops and guest speakers
- Reading as a writer (CX1)
- Copyright, publishing and the culture of reception
- Creative workshops and guest speakers
- Experimentation (CX2)
- Editing the twenty-first century: editorial project
These courses have been developed to:
- allow you to experiment with a range of voices, techniques and genres alongside a consideration of major creative and editorial engagements from the modern through the contemporary period.
- help you develop a critical understanding of diverse creative, theoretic and critical texts.
- provide a space to undertake extended portfolios of creative and editorial work.
- familiarise you with the writing context (audience, publishing in all its forms, the legal framework, modes of transmission);
- And most importantly, to subject you to the discipline of regular writing by providing a stimulating workshop and tutorial environment in which writing skills can be acquired, discussed and honed.
Taking the online distance learning MLitt part-time:
- Part-time year one: students take one semester of workshops and Craft and Experimentation both semesters, and have two tutorials.
- Part-time year two: students take one semester of workshops and Editing and Publication both semesters, and have three tutorials.
Graduates have gone into writing, journalism, publishing, and many other professions.
Positions held by recent graduates include Managing Director, Freelance Writer, Author, Copywriter, Author and Community Arts Work.
Find out more about our alumni and their publications by visiting our Creative Writing subject page.
Information for international students
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):
- overall score 7.0
- no sub-test less than 7.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:
Common equivalent English language qualifications
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
- ibTOEFL: 100; no sub-test less than:
- Reading: 24
- Listening: 24
- Speaking: 23
- Writing: 27
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 185; no sub-test less than 185
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 185; no sub-test less than 185
- PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 70; no sub-test less than 70
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEIII at Pass with Pass in all sub-tests
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
- School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study
- BALEAP guide to accredited courses
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's English for Academic Study Unit offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.
my language qualifications are not listed here?
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