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Creative Writing, MA

Study and produce creative texts in every genre, explore the latest innovative writing, and learn about cultural contexts, research methods and creative industries within the heart of London.

In this creative writing master's, you will be guided by expert writers through each of the core genres of prose fiction, poetry, scriptwriting and creative non-fiction. You’ll be able to experiment with topics, styles, forms and hybrids, leading to a substantial portfolio of original creative work.

Among our innovative approaches to imaginative writing, we encourage students to explore links between texts and other disciplines, such as history, theory, politics, and cultural studies. Different writing techniques and reflective practices will help you advance your skills in textual analysis and encourage you to consider the opportunities and challenges of writing.

Creative writing graduates will be well-placed to pursue careers in writing, academia, research, journalism, publishing, teaching, and creative and heritage industries, amongst other occupations. The course also benefits practitioners in these fields who wish to advance their writing or career prospects.

Campus

Greenwich

Duration

  • 1 years full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Start month

September

Home/international fees

* 2023 starters pay the 2022/23 fees.

2022/23 fees

What you should know about this course

  • This new MA is taught by expert writers with internationally-recognised publications.
  • You will gain advanced understanding of contemporary writing in each of the core genres.
  • You will produce new writing in every genre and specialise in a genre of your choosing.
  • You will benefit from being taught by guest experts from around the world.
  • You will join a unique writing environment, rich with other writers and industry links, in the heart of London.

What you will study

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Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact course-info@gre.ac.uk for more information.

About the course team

Welcome to our Master's in Creative Writing, which is taught from within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Your teaching comes from an expert team of lecturers and academics, all published writers in their own right, with years of experience teaching in Higher Education. 100% of our lecturers hold a PhD in their subject.

Come and meet us

Given the current situation with Covid-19, we are offering virtual events so that you can still experience how Greenwich could be the right university for you.

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Entry requirements

If you are

  • You should have a UK undergraduate degree at 2.2 or above (or an equivalent qualification - both level and grade - from a recognised non-UK university) in a relevant discipline in humanities or social sciences subject (or non-UK equivalent). Other areas may also be considered as suitable.
  • Applicants may be invited for an interview.
  • Some experience of creative writing is expected.
  • Some knowledge of literature and literary analysis would be beneficial, but it is not a requirement for entry onto the programme.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

Alternatively, please contact us:

Further information about entry

  • Applicants with professional qualifications and/or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Applicants may be invited for an interview.

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

How you will learn

Covid safe teaching and learning

We are looking forward to welcoming students to our campuses for 2021/22 and we are committed to delivering as much of our teaching, learning and student activity as possible face-to-face and on campus for the 2021/22 academic year. Please note that UK Coronavirus policy continues to adapt to ongoing changes. Our plans may need to change and we may need to move activity online at short notice in response to any changes in Government guidance and Covid safety requirements.

Teaching

In a typical week, learning takes place place through seminars in which tutors and students discuss and develop ideas prompted by set texts and guided reading. This may be supplemented by one-to-one consultations and visits to relevant museums, archives, or historical sites. Teaching takes place on the Greenwich campus.

Class sizes

You will benefit from a combination of small class sizes for workshops and a larger cohort for shared seminars with the MA Literary London. You will also have one-to-one tutorials with and receive personalised feedback from lecturers and other experts on your writing.

Independent learning

Outside timetabled sessions, you'll need to dedicate significant time each week to self-study. This may involve further reading and research, analysing set texts, and producing and editing your writing.

Our Stockwell Street library and online resources will support your further reading and research.

You can join a range of student societies, such as the Creative Writing society, and our department-wide research seminar, the lively Centre for Research & Enterprise in Language.

You can also work on the annual university Student Anthology, published each year by Galley Beggar Press, and participate in volunteering and employability events, such as the annual Greenwich Book Festival, to meet authors and publishers and get your career off to a flying start.

Overall workload

If you are studying full-time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of modules you are studying.

Assessment

On this course, students are assessed by coursework, presentations, and a dissertation, which signifies the culmination of your studies in a longer piece of independent research developed with a supervisor.

Feedback summary

We aim to give feedback on assignments within 15 working days.

Dates and timetables

The academic year runs from September to June.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

* Calculated as an average of compulsory and optional modules (where applicable each year). You can find out more detail about how individual modules are taught within the 'What you will study' section.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2022/23 fees

Full-time (per year) Part-time (per 30 credits)
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Fees are assessed based on your country of domicile, with students domiciled in the EU charged international fees. If you are unsure, find out more about how your fee status is assessed.

Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. We have dedicated accommodation for postgraduate students (Devonport House) available from just £160 per person per week, with bills included. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost. Students based at the Medway Campus can also reside in student halls in Chatham or rent privately in the local area.

There is a range of financial support available to support your studies. This includes postgraduate loans, international scholarships, and options for current students and alumni to continue studying at the university. EU students may be eligible for a bursary to support their study. View our EU bursary to find out more.

We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Other costs

Further costs may include (but are not limited to):

  • Field trips: You may need to pay travel costs to attend some of the field trips (e.g. to the British Library), or extracurricular activities.

Careers and placements

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

A postgraduate degree in this field will allow you to embed the research training necessary for embarking on extended independent scholarship along with the delivery of subject knowledge, understanding and expertise.

Graduates have the potential to pursue careers in writing, academia, research, journalism, publishing, teaching, and creative and heritage industries, amongst other occupations.

Do you provide employability services?

Our services are designed to help you achieve your potential and support your transition towards a rewarding graduate career.

The University's Employability and Careers Service (ECS) provides support when you are preparing to apply for jobs. Support includes CV clinics, mock interviews and employability skills workshops.

Each School also has its own Employability Officer, who works closely with the sector and who may be able to provide specific opportunities relevant to your own course.

More about careers.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and EFL. If you need any particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

Support from the department

You will be able to access the research facilities available in London, especially our Stockwell Street Library in Greenwich and the British Library. Your learning will be supported by our teaching team, who will direct you to public readings, open mics, conferences, competitions and research seminars, including presentations by invited speakers. Guidance for private study and extension activities will be provided via Virtual Learning, and in person from lecturers. Help with both writing and editing will also be provided by our Royal Literary Fellows and annual Writer-in-Residence.

Accommodation information

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If you are a UK student or have settled/pre-settled status (EU) and you want to study full-time then you apply through the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS).

If you are a UK student or have settled/pre-settled status (EU) and you want to study part-time then you apply to the university directly.

If you are from outside the UK, you can apply through our website, one of our agents, or the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS). If you require a student visa, you cannot study part-time at undergraduate level.

If you are from outside the UK, you can apply through our website, one of our agents, or the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS). If you require a student visa, you cannot study part-time at undergraduate level.