M.A. Creative Writing

University of Birmingham

Application deadline: None, but early application advised
Tuition fee:
  • € 5,313 / Year (EEA)
  • € 14,088 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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The programme provides a postgraduate route for students who have completed an undergraduate degree containing some Creative Writing and who wish to proceed to a career or further study in this area. It also provides a postgraduate qualification in Creative Writing for students who have taken a conventional degree in English or similar but who have considerable experience in writing creatively. With this in mind, the MA in Creative Writing offers instruction and experience across a range of writing types, including new media, yet establishes a focus (story and story-telling) that will identify Birminghams unique contribution to Creative Writing studies.


The programme will bring students together who are working in different genres in order that they might engage collaboratively across genres before specialising (in screenwriting, playwriting, fiction or poetry) for their dissertations. You take four compulsory modules and two further modules selected from a list of options. Modules are taught through seminars and lectures and one-to-one tutorials.

The compulsory modules are:

* Creative Writing Research Skills: Authorship and Creativity

* Poem as Story Story as Poem

* Intertextuality: Story, Genre, and Craft

* Dissertation Creative Writing

The optional modules include:

* Narrative Analysis of Fiction and Film

* Film, Theory, and Politics

* Media Documentary Writing


The programme is assessed by creative portfolios and assignments throughout the taught modules. In the final term you complete a dissertation comprising a full-length creative work of your choice (a collection of poetry or short stories, a novella, a screenplay or stage drama) supported by a critical essay.


You will need either of the following:

* BA degree in English with elements of creative writing (2:1 or higher)

* BA degree in English (2:1 or higher) supported by a creative writing portfolio

Students with other BA degrees (2:1 or higher) containing distinct elements of literary and/or film studies, and supported by a creative writing portfolio, will be considered. Your application should be supported by a creative portfolio consisting of one short story (of up to 3,000 words) OR a selection of poetry (up to 150 lines) OR a combination of the two (eg, 1,500 words prose, 75 lines poetry).

· IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band.

· TOEFL IBT 93 with no less than 20 in any band

English Language Requirements

CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

200 (Grade A)

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