Creative Writing MA
MA Creative Writing
Where better to take your writing to the next level than the home city of literary greats like Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle?
On this MA Creative Writing degree course, you'll study the genres that inspire you the most – from poetry and historical fiction, to screenwriting and crime – and spend plenty of time writing and critiquing new work of your own.
If you're imaginative, ambitious and ready to devote yourself to improving your writing, it's time to take your studies to the next level with us. We'll give you the tools you need for a successful career as a writer, or in fields such as publishing, media, and education.
What you'll experience
On this course, you'll:
- Get to grips with different writing techniques and study contemporary skills to inspire and entertain your audience through the power of the written word
- Learn from lecturers with professional experience, many of whom are established writers
- Complete a major project in the form of your own novel, screenplay or poem
- Take part in writer's workshops, where you'll develop your own skills and constructively contribute to the work of other writers
- Learn about the market and current debates within differing genres
- Hear from accomplished guest speakers from the worlds of publishing and writing
- Tap in to our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, including computing and printing facilities, and 24-hour internet access
- Join our community of writers
Work experience and career planning
We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
Careers and opportunities
Once you graduate, you'll have the skills and confidence to continue writing. And you'll be able to pursue a career path in fields such as:
You may also consider further academic study.
- A good honours degree in a related subject. Equivalent qualifications and/or notable experience as a creative writer will also be considered.
- An online portfolio submission may be required as part of the selection process.
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
Tuition fees (2019 start)
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
- Full-time: £7,000
- Year 1 (120 credits): £4,670
- Year 2 (60 credits): £2,330
- Full-time: £13,900
- Year 1 (120 credits): £9,270
- Year 2 (60 credits): £4,630
Fees subject to annual increase
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
You may be required to spend £100 - £200 per year on sundry materials.
If you choose to complete a project not supported by existing University resources, you might want to purchase extra materials or software. These costs will depend on the nature of the project.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
What you'll study
Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 units worth 30 credits and 1 unit worth 60 credits.
Core units in this year include:
- Writer's Workshop – Exploration
- Writer's Workshop – Resolution
- Critical Reading for Creative Writers
- Critical Thinking for Creative Writers
- The Final Project – Creative Writing Dissertation
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
Teaching methods on this course include:
- independent writing
- critical analysis
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:
- September to December – teaching block 1
- January – assessment period 1
- January to mid-May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
- Mid-May to early June – assessment period 2
Most teaching takes place during the day, on Thursdays, Fridays and very occasionally on Saturdays. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
- creative writing projects
- final creative writing project
Apply for this course using our online application form.
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.
- Subject area
- English and creative writing
- Media and journalism