Entry requirements

First or upper second-class degree or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in English literature or a cognate discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

Our Master of Arts in Creative Writing is a stimulating course which will prepare you to be a professional writer. You'll be taught by practicing writers, focusing on your own creative writing as well as studying contemporary work. Your lecturers will include four-time novelist Rebecca Smith, award-winning fiction writer and Washington Post freelancer Carole Burns, experimental poet Sarah Hayden, and the highly acclaimed non-fiction writer Philip Hoare.

You'll study with faculty staff and students from countries all over the world, including India, Columbia, Pakistan, Iceland, the USA, Nigeria, and of course the UK. This gives the programme an international focus, and will expose you to a wide range of experiences and writing traditions.

Our Centre for Modern and Contemporary Writing also hosts regular events, readings, and conferences. Recent visitors to the centre include Caroline Bergvall, Lavinia Greenlaw and Amitav Ghosh.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 overall, with minimum of 6.0 in writing, 6.0 in reading, listening and speaking, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources. Please check the website for more information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Admissions Team
+44 (0) 23 8059 8062