Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan University

Creative Writing

Students will explore and practice techniques and styles of modern and contemporary writing and apply these in writing workshops through the development of a full-length novel, poetry collection or children's book; they will be introduced to professionals from the publishing industries - agents, editors, publishers and publicists - and the School has strong links with many major arts, educational and cultural organisations. Students will specialise in one of the following routes: Novel writing; poetry writing; writing for children and young adults. The course is available to distance learning students via the internet. You can participate in the programme through an international forum following the same elements as you would if attending in person.

Entry requirements

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 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 (e.g. 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. Students with an undergraduate honours degree in any humanities discipline may apply.

Course modules

Core units include: Portfolio (dissertation); reading novels, reading poetry or reading children's books; the project; the text; the workshop (novel, poetry or writing for children and young adults). Optional units may include: Crime fiction; from historical fact to contemporary fiction; from historical fact to contemporary fiction; place writing; teaching creative writing and enabling new writing; writing about relationships.

Assessment methods

Literature courses are assessed through 3,000 word essays, and can compare books studied on the course with your own work in progress; 'the project' is an independent research project tailored to your specific interests and supervised individually; it can involve research into publishing, magazine editing, broadcasting, adaptation, the establishment of a print or electronic magazine, or it can consider performance or alternative modes of transmission; the final dissertation (the creative Portfolio) is a full-length novel, poetry collection, or children's book developed through the workshop unit and completed under one-to-one supervision.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 - 2 years
MA Full-time September 2016 - 2 years
MA On-line study September 2016 - 3 years
MA Part-time September 2016 - 3 years
MA Part-time September 2016 - 3 years
MA On-line study September 2016 - 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Manchester Campus Manchester M15 6BH North West

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