City, University of London

Course Introduction

Who is it for?

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.

Objectives:

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.

Career prospects:

The MA Creative Writing prepares you for a career as a writer. It also develops key transferable skills in oral and written communication relevant to a range of careers, including Teaching, Editing, Community Arts Work, Arts Management and Administration, Publishing and Journalism, and within other areas of the creative industries such as advertising and video or computer game production. You will have exposure to agents, editors and others within both traditional and electronic publishing.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,000 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £14,000 Overseas Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,000 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £4,000 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £4,000 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £4,000 European Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students will normally have an upper second class degree (in any subject) or the overseas equivalent, but successful completion of a certificate course in creative writing, or a professional qualification, or relevant experience may also be acceptable. The prime criteria are proven ability and commitment.
  • International entry requirements: Students will normally have an upper second class degree (in any subject) or the overseas equivalent, but successful completion of a certificate course in creative writing, or a professional qualification, or relevant experience may also be acceptable. 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.
  • IELTS score: 7