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Course summary

City’s MA Creative Writing allows you to explore your passion through the genre of your choice. The MA Creative Writing offers you the opportunity to develop your creative writing skills in a specific genre of your choice, in Fiction, Non-fiction or Genre Fiction. You will gain an understanding of how to read as a writer, with an informed awareness of the choices faced and the decisions taken by the writer of a text, and this understanding will inform and enrich your own writing practice. You will also acquire an understanding of the business of writing, the different forms and requirements of print and electronic publication, and the role of editors, agents and publishers in the publication process. The programme is underpinned by the conviction that the imagination is a vital mode of perception and enquiry and that language and literature have the power to transform individual lives and cultures. Our academics have a range of experience and expertise, from novelists and non-fiction writers to publishing industry professionals. Therefore, you will not only gain an understanding of the creative process from inception to completion but of writing as a professional practice. On the course you will develop your technical awareness of and skills in creative writing across a range of genres, as well as in your chosen genre, and also acquire a range of transferable skills. You will also develop personal and professional attributes such as self-management and direction, awareness of personal responsibility, motivation, flexibility, capacity to deploy academic skills and knowledge, and reflexivity. The course not only prepares you for a potential career in areas such as professional writing or publishing but also for further MFA/PhD study and research, and to expedite your access to such programmes.


The MA is made up of:

  • Core modules (60 credits)
  • Core elective modules (30 credits)
  • Optional modules (30 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)
Core Modules
  • Reading as a Writer (15 credits)
  • Working as a Writer (15 credits)
  • Creative Writing Workshop 1 (15 credits)
  • Creative Writing Workshop 2 (15 credits)
Core Elective Modules
  • Special Study: Short Fiction (15 credits)
  • Special Study: The Contemporary Essay (15 credits)
  • Special Study: The Novel (15 credits)
  • Special Study: The Genre Novel (15 credits)
  • Special Study: The Non-Fiction Book (15 credits)
Elective Modules
  • Constituting Identity (15 credits)
  • Imagined Communities (15 credits)
  • Literary Cartographies (15 credits)
  • Genre in Context (15 credits)
  • Theorising Women’s Writing (15 credits)
  • Text and Image (15 credits)
  • Digital Publishing (15 credits)
  • Creating & Developing Content in Print (15 credits)
  • Strategic Management of Content: Print & Digital (15 credits)
  • Digital Product Innovation (15 credits)
  • Creative Writing Dissertation (60 credits)
During this module you will develop an extended piece of Creative Writing in Fiction, Non-fiction or Genre Fiction. It may take the form of short stories, or a portion of a novel or book, to a total of 15,000 words.

Assessment method

We encourage you to privately reflect on your professional practice during all of your applied work. In this MA Creative Writing, you will be assessed across the core and elective modules, and in the dissertation and reflective essay. Individual modules in this MA Creative Writing can be assessed through portfolios of creative writing, analytical essays, assessed projects and research portfolios.

Entry requirements

- Hold a good Second-Class Honours BA degree or an equivalent qualification. - Have studied a relevant subject such as English, Comparative Literature, Theatre and Drama, Film and Media Studies, Creative Writing, Humanities. We welcome applications from candidates who may not meet the standard entrance criteria but who hold alternative credentials and can demonstrate their potential to produce written work at the requisite level, or who can offer prior learning which may satisfy City's requirements for RPL/RPEL. The prime criteria are demonstrable writing ability and commitment to learning. The prime criteria are proven ability and commitment. For students whose first language is not English, an IELTS score of at least 7.0 is required.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £5200 Year 1
Northern Ireland £5200 Year 1
Scotland £5200 Year 1
Wales £5200 Year 1
EU £9689 Year 1
International £9689 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Creative Writing at City, University of London - UCAS