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Course summary

Would you love to see your name in print? Are you curious about the creative industries? Or maybe there’s a poem or novel in you that's waiting to come out? You will be supported to develop your creative work, and learn about the process of writing and publishing from expert staff who are published poets and authors themselves. We will explore contemporary poetry, fiction and hybrid forms of writing (which cross genres), as well as building on your own critical writing skills. This broad analysis of technique and form will put you in a strong position to pursue a career in writing and the creative arts. We also offer placements and internships to enhance your professional experience in sectors including publishing, marketing, charity, journalism, theatre, teaching, museums and heritage, events and libraries. Placements are flexible; you choose the duration and number of hours that best fit around your studies and other commitments.


There are five core creative writing modules, worth 20 credits each: 'Creative Writing Conventions and Techniques', 'Writing Workshop: Fiction', 'Learning to Read: Criticism for Creative Writers', 'Writing Workshop: Poetry', and 'Practice and Practitioners'. You will also select one 20-credit optional module (chosen during enrolment).

Assessment method

Most modules are assessed by written work of varying lengths, corresponding with the content and weighting of the module. Your course tutors provide detailed comments on assignments. For your creative writing assessment, this will consist of a portfolio. Depending on the module, this could include poetry, a short story or stories, an excerpt from a novel, or something more experimental that crosses genre or form. Towards the end of your studies, you will complete a 14,000 word dissertation. This is a major piece of independent research, and you will be allocated a supervisor who is a specialist in your chosen area. You will produce an original piece of work in a medium of your choosing: you could produce a set of poems, a piece of fiction, or a series of short stories, for instance. You will also write a critical essay. Your dissertation supervisor will provide advice and guidance to help you select your area of study, and offer close supervision and support as you complete your research.

How to apply

International applicants

IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element) English language requirements - As well as IELTS (listed above), we also accept other English language qualifications. This includes TOEFL iBT, Pearson PTE, GCSE, IB and O level English

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) Applicants will be asked to submit an example of their written work. You will be contacted by the university with full details of how to submit this. The School of English welcomes writers of poetry, fiction, or a combination of the two. In reading the writing samples, we are looking for work that indicates that its author would be able to succeed on the course. There is no restriction on the subject matter of the writing sample. We only require that it is your own work. You will be asked for either no more than 3,000 words of prose fiction (this could be one story, a group of stories, or an extract from a longer piece), OR, five poems.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

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Creative Writing MA at University of Nottingham - UCAS