University of Surrey

University of Surrey

Creative Writing

This programme will hone your research and writing skills to produce critically informed prose or poetry, and creative criticism. We will help you to locate your work in its literary and cultural context, and you will have the chance to reflect on your creative process and the finished work. You will have access to a yearly calendar of events hosted at the University created to broaden your thinking, and develop your writing skills such as the Morag Morris Poetry Lecture, the annual Surrey New Writers' Festival and the Surrey Poetry Festival. This programme provides a strong foundation to embark upon a career in writing, communications, publishing, marketing, advertising, journalism or teaching, or to undertake a PhD.

Entry requirements

MA: Applicants should have a first or 2:1 degree (or equivalent) and will be asked as part of the application procedure to provide a portfolio of creative material (5,000 words prose or equivalent). In exceptional cases, students with a proven commitment to creative writing but no first degree may also be admitted. English language requirements: IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall, 7.0 in Writing, 6.0 in each other component (or equivalent). For current entry requirements, please visit our website. The link is under Course contact details.

Course modules

Example module listing: Research and Writing Skills I; Research and Writing Skills II; Literary Scholarship and Creativity I; Literary Scholarship and Creativity II; Creative Writing Workshop I; Creative Writing Workshop II; Extended Portfolio; Open Essay I; Open Essay II; Special Author I; Special Author II; Open Creative Piece I; Open Creative Piece II; Beat Writing; Realism and Its Critics; Found Materials: Poetry and Practice; Advanced Studies in 19th Century Literature; Advanced Studies in 20th and 21st Century Literature; Literature and Science; Issues in Literary Translation; Identity: Communication in Practice; Organisations and Written Communications; Children's Literature; Screenwriting.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods for 15-credit modules will usually be a 2,500 word portfolio of creative work (or equivalent for poetry), plus a 500 word reflective critical commentary; a 15,000-word dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2018 15,900 per Year 1 (International) 12 Months
MA Full-time September 2018 7,000 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 12 Months
MA Part-time September 2018 3,500 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 24 Months
MA Part-time September 2018 8,000 per Year 1 (International) 24 Months

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Main Site GU2 7XH South East

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