Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University

Creative Writing

NTU's MA in Creative Writing is one the longest-established postgraduate courses of its kind in the UK and many of our graduates from this course have successfully published their work. This is testament to the quality of the course and the team of award-winning writers and academics who are committed to working with talented and committed post graduate writers. This course is renowned for its lively community of writers and teachers and you'll get the chance to explore a selection of genres including fiction, poetry, children and young adults fiction. The course has been designed to develop your writing strengths by providing you with a structural framework where you'll be able to discuss your own and your peer's work. You'll be taught in small group workshops, and a series of exciting seminars, and workshops. The course is also supported by a diverse assortment of staff, visiting writers, editors and publishers which will give you a fantastic opportunity to build links with key contacts within the industry and to develop your work to an excellent standard. In the past guest speakers have included David Almond, Kathleen Jamie, Alison Moore and Carrie Etter. Nottingham has a thriving literature community, you'll be encouraged to build links with this community to be part of local events, readings and festivals. Our academic team will support you to find publishing opportunities and through various networking skills you'll meet publishers, editors and agents. Most of the assignments for each module will require that you present a piece of original creative writing which is accompanied by a critical editorial discussion of your work and you'll undertake a dissertation. Graduates from this course have pursued careers as successful published authors across a wide range of genres. Authors include Kim Slater and Hillary Spiers. Every year students from this course produce and publish their own high-quality anthology of original creative writing. This will in turn give you valuable work experience as you get a glance into the editorial and publishing industry and an opportunity to showcase your work to the public. Some of our graduates have taken the transferable skills from this course and pursued careers within and beyond the writing industries. We have strong, professional links to many well renowned industries including Nottingham Playhouse and Times Literary Supplement. This course is perfect for you if you wish to pursue your passion for the written word, enhance your writing and editing skills. You'll also enhance your communication skills, enrich your experience when travelling abroad and increase your career prospects. Applicants who hold a good honours degree ( minimum 2:2) will be considered for this course but applications are primarily assessed on the quality of the writing sample and statement.

Course modules

This MA course is divided into a series of modules which are worth a number of credits. To get your degree, you'll have to pass all the modules which add up to a 180 credit points. Writing: Research Methods, theory and practice: This module will help you to develop critically-informed opinions about important issues an trends found within contemporary writing. You'll also work on regular advanced-level practical exercises to improve your technical abilities within writing • Dissertation: With guidance from your supervisor you'll choose to write about a certain topic of your choice which will be approved by external examiners. Through tutorials you'll gain advice on reading and research methods • Optional modules: You'll also choose two of the following options: children's and young adult fiction; poetry; fiction and writing for radio, stage and screen.

Assessment methods

Students take the core module, 2 options and a dissertation (part time students do the 2nd option and dissertation in their 2nd year); there are 2 assignments in each option.

Sponsorship information

Arts and Humanities Research Council awards may be available; some University bursaries are available and are based on academic quality and impact.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,500 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 12,900 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,250 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Clifton Campus NG11 8NS East Midlands

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