Creative Writing, M.Sc.

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  • 12 months
  • Tuition
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  • English (take IELTS)
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The Creative Writing programme from The University of Edinburgh seeks to establish a responsive forum of students and tutors, of intelligent readers and acute listeners within a supportive yet challenging environment.


This one-year, full-time taught MSc in Creative Writing fro The University of Edinburgh offers students the opportunity to focus in depth on their own practice - of poetry or fiction - and develop both creative and critical skills through a combination of weekly workshops and seminars.

On a regular basis, students present their own work for discussion and in seminars examine particulars of their chosen form, moving from theoretical considerations to practical applications of these through regular writing assignments.

In addition, students elect to take one MSc literature option course. A programme of guest writers and other professionals offers the opportunity to gain insight into the practicalities of life as a writer and a voluntary but very popular collaborative project with Edinburgh College of Art encourages a deeper awareness of the relationship between text and image.

On beginning the programme, students contract to produce and develop new work, to attend seminars, presentations and weekly workshops as well as the programme of visiting speakers, to respond critically and supportively to the work of their peers, and to consult regularly with tutors.

The programme, which is team taught so students have the benefit of input and response from a range of tutors, aims to encourage students to develop and refine existing skills and to expand expertise to the highest level possible.

Ideally, by hand-in of final portfolio students will have completed a substantial body of quality work.

Career opportunities

Having developed your creative skills in this programme, and gained insights and possible contacts within the publishing industry, you will be better equipped to tackle the competitive world of creative writing. You may decide to extend your studies to the doctoral level and pursue a career in academia. Alternatively, you may follow your own creative agenda, with the aim of joining the ranks of published authors.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Creative Writing Core Course 1
  • Creative Writing Core Course 2
  • Acts of Storytelling: Narrator, Text, Audience
  • Exploring the Novel
  • An English Heritage: Nativism, Language and History in the Work of Four Post-War Poets
  • Poet-Critics: the Style of Modern Poetry
  • Poetry and Northern Ireland
  • Post-Colonial Writing
  • Shakespeare Adapted
  • Contemporary Scottish Fiction
  • Contemporary American Fiction
  • Fairy Tales
  • Romanticism and Victorian Society

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Admission Requirements:
  • A UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent, in an appropriate subject.

English language requirements

All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:
  • an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration
  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 23 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module)
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 17400 International
  • GBP 8500 EU/EEA


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