Creative Writing, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    15660 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    7290 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
University rank #101 (ARWU) ,
This Creative Writing MA programme from the University of Birmingham is for those who have completed an undergraduate degree containing some creative writing or for English graduates with considerable experience in writing creatively and who wish to proceed to a career or further study in this area.

About

The Creative Writing MA programme from the University of Birmingham brings together students who are working in different genres so that you can engage collaboratively across genres before specialising in screenwriting, playwriting, fiction or poetry for your dissertation.

You will take five core modules:

  • Creative Writing Research Skills I: Theories and Practice
  • Creative Writing Research Skills II: Theories, Models, Self
  • Poem as Story - Story as Poem
  • Intertextuality: Story, Genre, Craft
  • Editing as Collaborative Practice

You will also take one optional module from within English, or from another discipline.

You will complete the programme with a dissertation which will be 75% creative portfolio and 25% critical essay. You will write a 20,000-25,000 word portfolio of creative work in as a screenplay, novella, excerpt of a novel, a collection of short fiction or a collection of poetry. This will be accompanied by a 5,000-word essay placing your work in a critical and creative context, with reference to your development as a writer over the course of the MA. You will receive feedback on work in progress during one-to-one tutorials and in work-sharing seminars with peers (groups divided along the lines of genre/form).

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Aesthetics of Television
  • Approaches to Nineteenth-Century Studies
  • Contemporary European and American Cinema 
  • Death and the Moving Image
  • Film Theory Politics
  • Last Year's Novels
  • Modernism 
  • Writing Revolutions: Politics, Publics, and Professionalism in Literary Culture

              Detailed Programme Facts

              • More details:

                3rd of July deadline refers only to the international students.

              • Programme intensity

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

                Full-time
                • Full-time duration 12 months
                Part-time
                • Average part-time duration 24 months
                • Intensity Flexible
                • Part-time variant
                  Flexible
              • Credits
                180 alternative credits
              • Languages
                • English
              • Delivery mode
                On Campus
              Check if you match the admission requirements

              English Language Requirements

              You only need to take one of these language tests:

              • Minimum required score:

                6.5

                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 B2):

                176

                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:

                88

                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

              You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

              • by holding an English language qualification to the right level; for this course we ask for IELTS 6.5 overall with no less 7 in writing and 6 in all other bands
              • by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students

              Tuition Fee

              • International

                15660 EUR/year
                Tuition Fee
                Based on the original amount of 15660 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
              • EU/EEA

                7290 EUR/year
                Tuition Fee
                Based on the original amount of 7290 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.

              Funding

              Postgraduate Loan - A loan of up to £10,280 available to students across all discipline subject areas for full-time, part-time and distance learning Masters programmes

              International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

              StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.