Creative Writing, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English
This Creative Writing program offered by Bath Spa University will help you to bring a novel, book of poems, book of short stories or work of non-fiction as near to publishable quality as possible.


Studying this Creative Writing program offered by Bath Spa University  you’ll develop your writing and build up a substantial body of work. Weekly workshops are taught by a strong team of published writers, and there are regular visits by literary agents, publishers, magazine editors and broadcasters, as well as other writers.

You’ll learn:

  • To plan a manuscript (a novel, collection of short stories, collection of poems or book of literary non-fiction) and complete it, or a substantial part of it, brought to publishable quality or as near as possible.
  • To understand literary form, style and genre, as relevant to your chosen form of writing
  • To acquire a variety of relevant writing techniques, and research techniques to support writing, and adapt them to your particular creative project.
  • To understand and respond creatively to questions arising from the subject-matter, themes, genres, traditions and other literary contexts with which your chosen manuscript is engaged.
  • To receive and give precise and sensitive critical feedback in workshop groups and one-to-one tutorials.

Programme Structure

  • Workshops: The first workshop module, ‘Professional Skills’, taken in trimester one, provides intensive group discussion and some plenary lectures. You’ll bring short pieces of writing to workshop groups consisting of a tutor and not more than seven other students. 
  • Context: Each context module explores connections between your creative writing and the wider world as represented by a theme or genre. Seminars are divided between considering set texts and workshopping your creative writing. 
  • Manuscript: In trimester three, you’ll take ‘The Manuscript’, taught by means of one-to-one tutorials. This is the culmination of the course – the book, or substantial part of a book.

Detailed Programme Facts

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:


    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

As part of the online application you’ll need to upload a variety of documents. This may include:

  • Copy of passport
  • Qualifications
  • Portfolio
  • Previous UK visas (if applicable)
  • Reference.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    14400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14400 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    7400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7400 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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