Creative Writing

MA, 1-2 years, full- or part-time

This is for you if... you want to develop your creative writing in a supportive and stimulating environment, taught by experienced and professional writers.

Course Description

The MA in Creative Writing is a challenging course, both intellectually and imaginatively. You will be able to develop your writing skills in a supportive and stimulating environment, taught by experienced and professional writers.

The course offers you the opportunity to become involved in a uniquely vibrant literary scene in Leicester, with connections to Literary Leicester Festival, the Centre for New Writing, Leicester Shindig and many other events and organisations across the city.

Because of the mixture of forms and genres that the course covers - including poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and script-writing - you will be encouraged to experiment beyond your usual experience. In your final dissertation, you'll be able to specialise in a chosen genre, through a sustained piece of work.

The course is highly innovative, in its mixture of creative and academic work and in its vocational elements, that are designed to enhance your employability prospects. It encompasses both traditional forms of writing and publishing and emerging technologies, such as e-books and new media writing. Teaching methods are similarly varied, ranging from seminars, to workshops, individual tutorials, computer labs and guest masterclasses and readings.

The degree can also be taken part-time over two years. If you choose to study part-time you will take one module per semester.

Key Facts
Start date
September each year

Course enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 2620

Course Director
Dr Jonathan Taylor

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Why Leicester?

You will be taught by critically acclaimed published authors and academics as well as visiting industry professionals.

You will learn key literary and academic skills as well as relevant vocational and real-world applications.

The course offers a stimulating and supportive environment in which you can develop your writing skills – with personal support from our teaching staff.

Our extensive network of contacts will let you meet professional writers and gain insight into a large array of possible career routes.

Course Structure



Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Additional Information

Centre for New Writing Writers' Retreat

As well as the Creative Writing MA, we also run a Writers' Retreat. It will take place on 27 and 28 March 2017 in Uppingham. The retreat is open to students on this course, as well as members of the public, giving you the chance to engage with tutors from the Centre for New Writing and to improve your writing skills.

Teaching and Assessment

During the course you will be taught by a wide variety of methods, including:

  • seminars
  • workshops and feedback sessions
  • computer lab sessions
  • lectures
  • readings and talks from external speakers
  • individual tutorials and supervisions
  • directed and self-directed study, writing and research time

There will be approximately two hours of contact time per week for each module.

Throughout the course, you will have the chance to talk individually to members of staff, and to blog about your on-going experience on a dedicated course blog.

Assessment methods will include Creative Writing portfolios, reflective commentaries, a research project, an oral presentation, and a final dissertation.

Entry Requirements

Normally a 2:1 degree in Creative Writing, English Language or Literature, or another relevant subject. We also consider applicants with significant writing experience.

Where appropriate, you may be asked to submit an essay as part of our admissions process. We will contact you if this is the case.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

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Fees and Funding

  • This is the total course fee.

    Starting in September 2018

    • £7,835

    Find out more about fees and funding.

    Waddington Scholarship

    The Waddington Scholarship is an award of £1,000, awarded on the basis of academic merit. It is open to full-time and part-time students from anywhere in the world.

    Did you know you can apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000, subject to eligibility?

  • This is the total course fee.

    Starting in September 2018

    • £15,405

    Find out more about fees and funding.

    Waddington Scholarship

    The Waddington Scholarship is an award of £1,000, awarded on the basis of academic merit. It is open to full-time and part-time students from anywhere in the world.

Career Opportunities

Individual and personal tutorials also address issues of career management and planning. The course team have many connections with external networks, organisations and employers (e.g. publishers, agents, writing organisations, festivals etc.). This aspect of the course is closely connected with the Career Development Service, who offer relevant support, in the form of workshops, mock-interviews and more.

With its focus not only on writing skills, but also on the practical aspects of working in the Creative Writing field, this degree helps you work towards a variety of related fields, from publishing and e-publishing, editing, literary agency, to teaching the subject at school (with a PGCE qualification), or undertaking a PhD. Graduates in Creative Writing might be employed as author, poet, playwright, screenwriter, storyliner, video game creator, journalist, TV producer, publisher or agent, teacher or lecturer, stand-up comedian, academic research, public relations, advertising and marketing, political research and speech-writing, arts management, content provider, tweet writer, web editor, blogger, franchise creator, branding consultant, literary event manager, or intellectual property adviser.

Key transferable skills include:

  • Oral communication skills
  • Written communication skills: ability to write precisely, concisely and clearly
  • Writing for different contexts, outlets, audiences and markets
  • Research skills
  • Digital skills
  • Teamwork and providing feedback

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
Creative Writing MA 1 year full-time October each year Apply Now
Creative Writing MA 2 years part-time October each year Apply Now
Creative Writing
1 year full-time
Start Dates
October each year
Creative Writing
2 years part-time
Start Dates
October each year

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