University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield

Creative Writing

You�ll study contemporary creative writing and develop your skills in different genres and styles. You�ll also develop and explore your own writing through practical workshops. You�ll complete two core modules, optional modules and a dissertation. Your final portfolio of work may take the form of short stories, a novel extract, script or poetry. An English Literature masters from Sheffield is the mark of an independent thinker, a skilled researcher, someone who can bring complex projects to fruition. Our graduates go into teaching, management and consultancy, advertising, journalism, publishing, and all branches of the arts � especially theatre, film and creative writing. Our courses are also excellent preparation for a PhD.

Entry requirements

A good first degree (2.1 or above, or the equivalent) in English literature, language, linguistics, or a related discipline (e.g. history, philosophy, modern languages). If you are an international student, you need a minimum IELTS score of 7.5 and a minimum of 6.5 in all other components.

Course modules

Core modules: creative writing: fiction 1; creative writing: fiction 2; creative writing: poetry 1; creative writing: poetry 2. Optional modules: �tales of the city�: the living space in contemporary American fiction; contemporary British poetry; memory and narrative in contemporary literature; language and literature in the workplace; study of texts.

Assessment methods

You�ll be assessed on your essays, a creative writing dissertation and portfolio. Fiction writers and dramatists: 12,000 words of creative work. Poets: 50 poems or equivalent. All students complete a 3,000-word critical essay.

Sponsorship information

There are a number of studentships and fee bursaries available, funded by the University. Deadlines for funding applications are usually in winter/early spring.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time - 12 months
MA Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site Sheffield S10 2TN Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
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