Creative Writing MA
MA Creative Writing
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Where better to take your writing to the next level than the home city of literary greats like Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle?
On this MA Creative Writing degree course, you'll study the genres that inspire you the most – from poetry and historical fiction, to screenwriting and crime – and spend plenty of time writing and critiquing new work of your own.
If you're imaginative, ambitious and ready to devote yourself to improving your writing, it's time to take your studies to the next level with us. We'll give you the tools you need for a successful career as a writer, or in fields such as publishing, media, and education.
MA Creative Writing Master's degree entry requirements
Qualifications or experience
- A good honours degree in a related subject. Equivalent qualifications and/or notable experience as a creative writer will also be considered.
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
An online portfolio submission may be required as part of the selection process.
For more information on how to put together a portfolio, read our MA Creative Writing portfolio guide.
What you'll experience
On this Creative Writing degree course, you'll:
- Get to grips with different writing techniques and study contemporary skills to inspire and entertain your audience through the power of the written word
- Learn from lecturers with professional experience, many of whom are established writers
- Complete a major project in the form of your own novel, screenplay or poem
- Take part in writer's workshops, where you'll develop your own skills and constructively contribute to the work of other writers
- Learn about the market and current debates within differing genres
- Hear from accomplished guest speakers from the worlds of publishing and writing
- Tap in to our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, including computing and printing facilities, and 24-hour internet access
- Join our community of writers
Careers and opportunities
What can you do with a Creative Writing degree?
Once you graduate, you'll have the skills and confidence to continue writing. And you'll be able to pursue a career path in fields such as:
You may also consider further academic study.
What you'll study on this MA Creative Writing degree course
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
You need to study modules worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 30 credits and 1 module worth 60 credits.
- Critical Reading for Creative Writers (30 credits)
- Critical Thinking for Creative Writers (30 credits)
- The Final Project: The Creative Practice Dissertation (60 credits)
- Writer's Workshop: Exploration (30 credits)
- Writer's Workshop: Resolution (30 credits)
Changes to course content
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
Work experience and career planning
We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
academicwriting notetaking timemanagement criticalthinking presentationskills referencing workingin groups revision, memory and exam techniques
Teaching methods on this course include:
- independent writing
- critical analysis
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks:
- September/October to December/January – teaching block 1
- January/February to May – teaching block 2
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
- creative writing projects
- final creative writing project
Course costs and funding
Tuition fees (2021 start)
- UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £7,450
- EU students – £7,450 a year (including Transition Scholarship)
- International students – £15,500
- UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £4,970 in 1st year, £2,480 in 2nd year
- EU students – £4,970 in 1st year, £2,480 in 2nd year (including Transition Scholarship)
- International students – £10,330 in 1st year, £5,170 in 2nd year
Fees subject to annual increase.
Funding your studies
Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
You may be required to spend £100 - £200 per annum on sundry materials.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
If you choose to complete a project not supported by existing University resources, you may wish to purchase extra materials or software. These costs will depend on the nature of the project.
Also, if the project involves working with an external client, you may have to pay travel costs for attending occasional development meetings. These may be in the region £50 - £100.
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us (above) or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.
If you don’t meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.