Manchester Metropolitan University

Creative Writing

On our Master of Arts (MFA) 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

Master of Fine Arts - MFA (PG): In order to apply, you will need to submit a completed application form, a sample of creative writing, a book review and one reference. You can download an application form here:

Course modules

Year 1: include: Core Units: Dissertation (60 credits); reading units (2 x 30 credits); the workshop (2 x 15 credits). Optional units: creative project (30 credits); crime fiction (30 credits); from historical fact to contemporary fiction (30 credits); media skills for creative writers (30 credits); teaching creative writing (30 credits); writing about relationships (30 credits); year 2: core units: manuscript (90 credits); the industry (30 credits).

Assessment methods

Reading units are assessed through 3,000-word essays, and can compare books studied on the course with your own work-in-progress. Workshop units are assessed by a 1,500-word critique of a piece of creative work submitted by a fellow student. Assessment for elective units varies, but will include submission of 3,000 words of creative and/or critical writing. The Dissertation is a continuous extract from a proposed full-length novel, poetry collection, children's/young adult book, or place writing book (prose routes: 15,000 words; poetry route: 300 lines) including a "Genesis Document" - an account of the origins of and inspirations for your writing (1,500 words).


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Master of Fine Arts - MFA (PG) Full-time September 2018 - 1 Years
Master of Fine Arts - MFA (PG) Part-time September 2018 - 2 Years
Master of Fine Arts - MFA (PG) On-line study September 2018 - 2 Years
Master of Fine Arts - MFA (PG) Full-time September 2019 - 1 Years
Master of Fine Arts - MFA (PG) Part-time September 2019 - 2 Years
Master of Fine Arts - MFA (PG) On-line study September 2019 - 2 Years

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Main Site M15 6BH North West

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