University of Birmingham

Creative Writing, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English
If you have completed an undergraduate degree containing some creative writing or are an English graduate with considerable experience in writing creatively and wish to proceed to a career of further study in this area then our innovative MA in Creative Writing from University of Birmingham is for you.


The Creative Writing programme from the University of Birminghamwill allow you to develop your own work, your own voice and your own ideas with dedicated workshop time and opportunities to give and receive feedback to and from your peers. You will also benefit from professional skills training to prepare you for entering the writing industry, with insights from industry professional such as editors and publishers.

The programme 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 four core modules [full descriptions available below]:

  • The Writer's Workshop
  • Creative Writing Masterclass: From Workshop to Bookshop
  • Poem as Story - Story as Poem
  • Intertextuality: Story, Genre, Craft

Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by a range of employability support services offered by the University.

The University's Careers Network provides advice and information specifically for postgraduates that will help you to develop an effective career and skills development strategy, and to make the most of your time with us at the University. The College of Arts and Law also has a dedicated careers and employability team to deliver tailored programmes of careers events and local support.

You will have opportunities to: meet employers face-to-face at on-campus recruitment fairs; attend employer presentations and skills workshops; receive individual guidance on your job applications, writing your CV and improving your interview technique; and access to comprehensive listings of hundreds of graduate jobs and work experience opportunities.

You will also be able to access our full range of careers support for up to two years after graduation.

Over the past three years, over 96% of Creative Writing postgraduates were in work and/or further study six months after graduation. Postgraduates in the Department of Film and Creative Writing develop a range of skills including: the ability to lead and participate in discussions; critical thinking, and an appreciation of different theoretical contexts; the ability to develop opinions and new ideas; and an aptitude for thinking and working creatively with others. While some graduates go on to careers in related industries - such as writing, media and television - others have used their transferable skills to pursue roles such as advertising, teaching, and in the heritage and cultural sectors.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Writer’s Workshop
  • Creative Writing Masterclass: From Workshop to Bookshop
  • Poem as Story – Story as Poem
  • Intertextuality: Story, Genre, Craft

              Detailed Programme Facts

              • More details:

                Monday 2 July is the application deadline for international students who require a visa to study in the United Kingdom.

              • Programme intensity

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

                • Full-time duration 12 months
                • Average part-time duration 24 months
                • Intensity Flexible
                • Part-time variant
              • Credits
                180 alternative credits
              • Languages
                • English
              • Delivery mode
                On Campus
              • More information Go to the programme website

              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 B2):


                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

              You need the following GPA score:

              Required score: Upper Second Class

              Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

              Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

              • We ask for a 2:1 Honours degree, or equivalent, in Creative Writing, or in English with considerable experience of writing creatively. 
              • All prospective students must also submit a sample of written work as part of the online application process. 

              Tuition Fee

              • International Applies to you

                17010 GBP/year
                Tuition Fee
                Based on the original amount of 17010 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
              • EU/EEA Applies to you

                9000 GBP/year
                Tuition Fee
                Based on the original amount of 9000 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
              We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
              UK / EU:  £4,500 part-time

              Living costs for Birmingham

              • 765 - 1140 GBP/month
                Living Costs

              The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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