Taught course

Creative Writing

University of Hertfordshire · School of Humanities

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2.2 honours degree, a writing sample and an interview, which may be in person or over the telephone. While all three components are considered, the quality of the writing sample will be weighted most heavily. It may also be possible for a student to be admitted with a non-traditional background on the strength of their writing sample. The writing sample should consist of approximately 4000 words of prose or script or 80 lines of poetry. The writing sample should be emailed direct to Dr Jennifer Young after you have submitted your application. Please contact Jennifer Young if you have queries about the writing sample.

Months of entry


Course content

The course includes traditional elements for a postgraduate programme in Creative Writing, such as writing workshops, intensive tutorial-based supervision and a range of guest speakers. In addition, the MA provides both literary context and practical professional experiences.

The Workshop Space: Craft and Pedagogy examines how and why we workshop. It explores questions of authority, taste and trust. You will lead part of a writing workshop and devise writing exercises for your fellow writers. While it provides a strong literary context for students, the literary material is examined and analysed from a writer’s point of view. The module Working as a Writer offers practical, independent experience.

Students can pursue either publications or design, implement and complete an independent creative project with an outside organisation. The modules we currently offer are: Writing Workshop I: Creative and Critical Processes The Workshop Space: Craft and Pedagogy Writing Workshop II: Creative and Critical ProcessesWorking as a WriterCreative Writing Dissertation.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Jennifer Young