University of Essex

University of Essex

Creative Writing

This course offers an approach to the practice of writing with emphasis on innovation and experiment; our modules seek to deepen students' knowledge of literary tradition, and different modes and genres, in order to develop their practical skills of expression and invention; with planned readings and writing exercises in class, students expand their techniques, as well as their critical judgement of their own work; our creative writing teaching team has a breadth of experience in the literatures of different cultures and different forms; the current teaching staff include internationally acclaimed novelist and critic Marina Warner; poet and short story writer Philip Terry; lyric writer Adrian May; poet, playwright and novelist Glyn Maxwell; and award-winning playwrights Elizabeth Kuti and Jonathan Lichtenstein; less formally, we have readings, talks and visiting writers and also currently host two Royal Literary Fund Fellows, who are professional writers on hand to help our students develop their writing on a 1-to-1 basis.

Entry requirements

Our applicants should have a 1st, 2.1 or high 2.2 degree, or equivalent, in a relevant area. If English is not your 1st language, then we require IELTS 7.0, or equivalent, with 6.5 in writing.

Course modules

Core modules: Dissertation; research methods in literary and cultural analysis. Optional modules include: Memory maps (practices in psychogeography); oulipian practice; poetic practice; writing magic; writing the novel.

Assessment methods

Combination of written coursework, end-of-term tests, practical and laboratory work (where appropriate) and end-of-year exams. During the summer, you will work on a dissertation or individual project included in your final grade.

Sponsorship information

AHRB; some University of Essex studentships available.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,950 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 14,950 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MA Part-time October 2016 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Colchester Campus Colchester CO4 3SQ South East

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Key information

Graduate Administrator, Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Telephone number: 
01206 872719