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Course summary

Overview Imagine writing an innovative full-length novel under the guidance of award-winning crime writers and experienced creative writing tutors. All without relocating or giving up work. UEA’s part-time, low-residency MA Creative Writing Crime Fiction gives you unique flexibility with a distance-learning course supported by residencies. You’ll take the course via a specially designed, highly inclusive online platform, with three 2-day residential periods per year, circumstances permitting. Our residencies have involved visits from literary agents and editors as well as professional writers such as Lee Child, Ian Rankin, Arne Dahl, Denise Mina, Dreda Say Mitchell, Cath Staincliffe, and Yrsa Siguroardottir. By the end of the course, you will have a draft of a full-length work, a stronger self-awareness as a writer and critic, and a greatly increased chance of publication. About This Course The Creative Writing programme at UEA was the first of its kind in the UK and is distinguished by the unrivalled success of its alumni, who include the 2017 Nobel Laureate Kazuo Ishiguro, and his fellow Booker Prize-winners Ian McEwan and Anne Enright. We introduced the first MA in 1970, the first PhD in 1987, and students now join us from all over the world. The MA Crime Fiction builds on our world-leading expertise, presenting you with the unique opportunity to further your knowledge and skills within the highly dynamic crime genre. We have now embedded critical crime fiction and non-fiction modules across most levels of taught study within the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing, and doctoral research and supervision in the area is also growing at UEA. Plus, we’re a founding partner of Norwich’s annual crime writing festival, which takes place in September, coinciding with the September residential period. The principal aim of the course is to help you develop a deeper understanding of the craft and context of producing exceptional crime writing, and have an enhanced critical awareness. By the end of the course, you’ll have become more adept and more self-aware in your own practice, and you will have completed a draft of a full-length novel. You’ll become fully conversant with all aspects of being a professional writer, and – like all UEA creative writing students – will enjoy greatly enhanced prospects of publication on graduation. Our course builds on our extensive connections with publishers and agents. Disclaimer Course details are subject to change. You should always confirm the details on the provider's website:


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Assessment method

In year one students complete three creative, critical and practical/theoretical modules. There is continual (formative) assessment, with marked (summative) assessments occurring at the end of the academic year. In year two students take one module of the completion of a full-length, market ready, work of crime fiction which is assessed throughout the year and marked at the end of the course. A final module requires attendance at the three residential sessions per year.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree at a minimum 2.2 level or equivalent. Applicants must also submit a sample of their work (up to 5,000 words - this does not have to be crime writing focused, but must be prose fiction). All applicants who are not a British national and/or whose first language is not English will need to demonstrate a suitable level of English language proficiency. This is equivalent to an IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components and 7.0 in writing, although we do accept many other types of qualifications or tests. In accordance with the UK Border Agencies Tier 4 visa guidelines, we will also waive the English language requirement for applicants who meet the defined nationality test or who have completed a degree level course in one of the listed countries. For a full list of these, as well as the qualifications / tests that we will consider, please visit our website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £10700 Whole course
Northern Ireland £10700 Whole course
Scotland £10700 Whole course
Wales £10700 Whole course
International £10700 Whole course

Additional fee information

If you are a postgraduate student on a part-time course please assume a 50% fee of the equivalent full-time course per year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking. Module fees are subject to incremental increases for any subsequent years of study. Please enquire within the faculty admissions office to find out whether a part-time option is available for your course.

Sponsorship information

The School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing has a number of scholarships and bursaries available for Home, EU and Overseas students. Further details can be found on the School website.

Creative Writing Crime Fiction at University of East Anglia UEA - UCAS