Taught course

Writing Historical Fiction

York St John University · School of Humanities, Religion and Philosophy

Entry requirements

  • You must have a BA (Hons) degree at 2:1 grade or higher (or equivalent). We are open to considering previous degrees in the Humanities, Arts, Sciences and Social Sciences.
  • You also need to submit a sample of creative writing of at least 1,000-2,000 words in order for staff to ascertain if the writing is of an appropriately high standard.
  • If your first language is not English, you need to take an IELTS test or an equivalent qualification accepted by the university

If you do not have traditional qualifications, you may be eligible for entry on the basis of Accredited Prior (Experiential) Learning (APL/APEL). We also consider applications for entry with advanced standing.

Months of entry


Course content

In this MA, which is studied online, you will engage with and write historical fiction using fiction and historical research methods. You will have the opportunity to develop the kinds of historical fiction writing that interest you. As part of this process you will also develop a range of key skills in critical reflection and creative practice.

You will have the opportunity to deepen employable skills through the production of industry focused writing, a module analysing industry contexts and meeting industry professionals in the final residential module. As well as the group sessions (delivered online) and directed exercises you will work with tutors on a one to one basis.

The staff team of award winning writers have an exciting and diverse approach to creative writing and are able to supervise a huge range of proposed projects. All staff members are actively publishing their writing and have won several awards between them for creative outputs.

We also have a strong focus on the relationship between critical theory and creative writing and the intersection of a number of theoretical perspectives with creative practice, including eco-criticism, psychoanalysis, biopolitics and regionality.

As a student on this course you will be part of the York Centre for Writing. We offer you:

• The integration of writing practice, critical appreciation of texts and employability skills
• A focus on contemporary writing
• Regular engagement with visiting speakers and writers
• Partnerships with local publishers and writing festivals, as well as national organisations
• Research-led teaching
• A diverse and inclusive syllabus
• Opportunities for you to experience additional optional residentials (residentials are subsidised by the university but you may be asked to pay a small contribution).

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

UK and EU fees for 2021 - 22

For UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students studying part time, the tuition fee for 2021 entry to this postgraduate course is £6,500 (£3,250 per year).

Postgraduate loans are available to help you pay for your master’s course. Find out more about postgraduate funding opportunities.

International fees for 2021 - 22

The tuition fee for 2021 entry to this postgraduate course is £12,750 for international students.

Due to immigration laws, international students on a Student Visa must be studying full-time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

More information about funding your studies is available on our International Fees and Funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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