Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University

Creative Writing

The course is concerned with imaginative writing, which includes novels, short stories, poetry and script-writing. The emphasis is upon encouragement, to help candidates find and pursue a direction in their writing, and to understand the process of offering a manuscript for publication. The programme consists of 2 writing workshops, 2 context modules and the manuscript (a double module). Workshop 1 is a general writing workshop in which students experiment with a range of forms. Workshop 2 is a specialist workshop in prose fiction, poetry or scriptwriting. The context modules examine genres and looks at ways in which writers meet challenges from the public world.

Entry requirements

Admission to the course is based on a portfolio of creative writing, and the department's estimate of the student's commitment and potential as a writer and ability to benefit from the course. Most applicants have an undergraduate degree, but this is not essential if they can demonstrate their ability in the portfolio. The portfolio should consist of 1 or more short pieces of creative writing submitted with the application form, such as 2 chapters of a novel, 2 short stories, 6 poems, or the equivalent.

Course modules

Modules include: writing and the environmental crisis; suspense fiction; contemporary American writing; the writer and place; modernism and postmodernism; writing and gender; the short story; writing and politics; reviewing and journalism; narrative non-fiction; the love story; manuscript.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by coursework only; each writing workshop is assessed on the basis of a folder of creative writing and an early draft of part of the manuscript; each context module is assessed on the basis of an essay and a folder of creative responses; the manuscript is 35,000-40,000 words (or the equivalent for poetry and scriptwriting).


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,400 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 13,335 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 6,400 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Corsham Court Chippenham SN13 0BZ South West

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01225 875875