Research course

Creative Writing

University of West London · University of West London

Entry requirements

A good undergraduate degree (2:2 or above). An Enthusiasm for writing.

Months of entry


Course content

This award gives you the opportunity to develop a major writing project of your own and achieve an MPhil Research degree. Working with an individual supervisor suited to your project, you will refine your writing over a series of one-on-one meetings. Writers will also be supported by a series of master-classes and lectures from industry figures (typically - authors, editors, publishers, agents) as well as UWL's 'in house' writers. We provide a stimulating and supportive environment for peer feedback and discussion.

Writing projects on the MPhil span fiction and non-fiction, as well as different forms. Writers may choose to develop a:

  • Novel
  • Screenplay
  • Adaptation
  • radio drama
  • travelogue
  • scholarly edition.

Irrespective of the preferred final work, all writers are encouraged to develop their skills in the broadest way possible. This means participating in writing exercises across a wide spectrum including (for example) reviews, poetry, and blogs. UWL's team of writer/supervisors (see separate staff profiles) have a wealth of relevant experience as authors and editors across a range of writing formats and topics. Working collaboratively, we aim to help you craft your work to the highest possible standard as well as facilitating your engagement with the professional world. Your creative output will also be accompanied by a short thesis (15,000 - 20,000 words) that places the work in a critical and historical context. Together, these assessed elements lead to the award of the prestigious Research Degree 'Master of Philosophy'/MPhil.

Writers also have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the entire creative arts environment offered at UWL. Free screenings, performances, recitals, public and professorial lectures are a crucible for the generation and development of ideas, as well as an unparalleled opportunity to enjoy both world-class and emerging talent. At UWL arts and social events writers interact with filmmakers, musicians, photographers, actors, composers, media technologists, singers and broadcasters. From year to year, we can never guess the collaborative projects that arise, but we work hard to create opportunities for students to see beyond a single discipline and develop life-long professional and creative networks.

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
36-48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Research Degrees
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