Durham University

Durham University

Creative Writing

The MA in Creative Writing is an exciting new programme at Durham University. Taught by award-winning writers Dr Paul Batchelor and Dr Vidyan Ravinthiran, this is an academically rigorous programme that will develop students� practical knowledge of writing poetry and prose fiction. Students will receive structured support through writing workshops and one-to-one tutorials in order to develop their own ideas. Students will also study a broad range of literature from the twentieth and twenty first centuries, and produce new work in response.

Entry requirements

Students are usually required to have an Honours Degree at 2.1 level or higher or GPA average of 3.2 from a recognised national or international university. Students should submit a sample of 4-6 poems or 2,000 words of fiction. All students for whom English is not their 1st language must have achieved a level of at least 110 in the TOEFL IBT (Internet Based Test) or 7.0 in the IELTS test (with no element below 6.5) or instruction in English for a degree within the past 2 years. All students must provide 2 positive academic or professional references.

Course modules

Core modules: creative writing poetry or creative writing prose fiction; reading as a writer; reading as a writer: the workshop; research project. Optional modules: the word in the world.

Assessment methods

Essays, creative writing portfolios, and written self-critiques.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,100 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 14,900 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Durham University Durham DH1 3LG North East

Key information

Dr Paul Batchelor
Telephone number: 
0191 334 3134