University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Creative Writing

This course encourages a lively environment where as a budding writer you can experiment, be imaginative and ambitious, as well as critically reflect on your practice. You will have the opportunity to write literary novels, historical fiction, crime, science fiction, children's stories, as well as screenwriting or short fiction we encourage and respect all genres.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class honours degree in a related subject. Equivalent qualifications and/or notable experience as a creative writer will also be considered. An online portfolio submission may be required as part of the selection process. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Course modules

The course consists of units focusing on creative practice, academic contexts and critical understanding. For the final stage of the course you will write a creative dissertation which can take the form of a novel (or portion thereof - 30,000 to 40,000 words in length), a collection of prose, poetry or a screenplay.

Here are the units you will study:

Writer's Workshop - Exploration: In this unit, you will be encouraged to experiment in differing genres to build confidence in writing and research.
Writer's Workshop - Resolution: During the course of this unit, you will research your chosen genre or idea and write a proposal and first chapters for the major project (dissertation). Your research and writing practice will be led by reading, discussion, debate and some substantial formative work that will eventually lead to the written proposal and/or opening chapters of a novel or pages of a screenplay or poetry.
Critical Reading for Creative Writers: This is an essay-based unit, in which you will explore critical approaches to the written word with oral presentations and researched essays.
Critical Thinking for Creative Writers: This unit allows you to approach a critical theory by relating it to your own creative writing, with reference to your major creative project. This unit is also essay-based.
The Final Project - The Creative Writing Dissertation: This unit will allow you to complete a major work in any genre (prose, poetry or screenplay) of up to 30,000 words (or equivalent). You will receive guidance and support from tutors throughout this unit of study.

Assessment methods

Teaching and Assessment:

Your learning will primarily be via workshop-based sessions where you will explore and develop your own writing as well as constructively contribute to the work of other writers around you. We aim to create a friendly atmosphere in which you will receive feedback to continually help evolve your creative writing style.

How are you assessed?

Your progress will be assessed by regularly submitted work and a final creative writing project in the form of a literary form or genre of your choice and geared to a specific market.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,600 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 11,500 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,600 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,600 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,600 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 7,670 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,070 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,070 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,070 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,070 per Year 1 (England) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site Portsmouth PO1 2UP South East

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Key information

Contact: 
Admissions Team - Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries
Telephone number: 
023 9284 2421