Manchester Metropolitan University

Creative Writing

On our Master of Arts (MA) Creative Writing programme, you will explore and practice techniques and styles of modern and contemporary writing and apply these through the development of your own creative work. MA students undertake a taught element blending writing workshops with reading units and an elective, and then complete their studies through submission of an extended piece of writing from a proposed full-length book. The MA is available to complete in one year full-time, or two years part-time/online. You will specialise in one of the following routes: Novel Writing (including Short Fiction); Poetry Writing; Writing for Children & Young Adults; Place Writing.

Entry requirements

MA: Students with an undergraduate honours degree in any humanities discipline may apply. Non-standard applications will be considered. All applicants are asked to submit a portfolio of creative and critical writing, and references. The portfolio should consist of a sample of the applicants own creative work and a sample of critical writing. For the creative sample, applicants to the Novel route should submit a 2,000 word extract from a novel or short story; applicants to the Poetry route should submit up to 15 poems. For the critical sample, all applicants are asked to write a 500 word book review to a publishable standard, showing evidence of close reading and explaining what it is about the book(s) they find useful as a writer; the selected book(s) should be relevant to the specialist MA route to which they are applying to (eg Novel OR Poetry). Both the creative and critical samples should be double-spaced. (As our MA focuses on the imaginative novel and poetry writing, please do not submit any non-literary journalism or blog extracts, script-writing or life-writing.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2019 - 1 Years
MA On-line study September 2019 - 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 - 2 Years

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Main Site M15 6BH North West

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