University of Manchester

University of Manchester

Creative Writing

The course has 2 strands, in poetry- and fiction-writing; it develops an advanced level of knowledge and understanding of the literary and practical aspects of the writing, presentation, production and publication of contemporary writing; enables students to identify and analyse a variety of different forms of evidence for this purpose, e.g. novels or poetry collections, publishers' and agents' information, presentations and reviews, and provides the intellectual tools with which to apply such evidence to the critical evaluation and writing of novels and/or poetry.

Entry requirements

A 1st or Upper 2nd Class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in English or relevant subject; English language requirements: IELTS 7.0 to include a writing score of 7.0, or 620 in the TOEFL written test or 260 in the computerised TOEFL (including 5 in TWE) or 103 in the internet-based TOEFL.

Course modules

Modules include: Forms of writing i; contemporary fiction; reading poems ii: anthologising the contemporary; workshop in fiction writing i; workshop in fiction writing ii; reading poems i; writing poems i; writing poems ii; SALC placement.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by a dissertation.

Sponsorship information

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) grants are competetive and provide payment of tuition fees and a maintenance stipend for UK students, and tuition fees (and a maintenance stipend, subject to eligibility criteria) for EU students; the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures also offers a limited number of fee bursaries on a competitive basis for Master's students; details are published in Feb/Mar each year.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 5,000 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MA Full-time £ 12,300 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MA Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Manchester Manchester M13 9PL North West

Key information

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