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Creative Writing MA

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1-year full-time; 2-year part-time

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Brunel University London campus

Creative Writing MA


Postgraduate Loans: From 1 August 2018 , students who live in England will be able to apply for a Postgraduate Loan in academic year 2018/19 of up to £10,609. Find out more

About the course

MA Creative Writing at Brunel University London is designed for writers who want to express their creativity in a number of forms – novels, film scripts, poems, journalism – rather than specialise in only one.

The Creative Writing master's course will appeal to writers who wish to try out a number of areas before deciding which they are best at or those who already know their strongest form, but feel the need to gain expertise in other fields to fund their speciality.

In addition, the course provides instruction on writing in the community, creative writing teaching and the organisation and funding of arts events.

We seek to create a supportive but constructively critical environment for circulating and evaluating students’ creative and journalistic work and to foster a broad span of creative and critical writing skills, including the ability to work independently on a long creative/critical project.

All applications should include a sample of writing.


  • This degree will give you instruction and practice in a broad range not only of writing forms, but also of strategies and techniques within those forms.
  • You will be introduced to the latest theories of creativity and up-to-date thinking on literary and journalistic genres.

We seek to create a supportive but constructively critical environment for circulating and evaluating students’ creative and journalistic work and to foster a broad span of creative and critical writing skills, including the ability to work independently on a long creative/critical project.

The Creative Writing master's programme will prepare you for:

  • a career as a creative or feature writer.
  • progression to doctorate-level creative writing or journalistic research.
  • employment in the creative industries or other areas of work where writing skills are a central requirement.


Contact our Enquiries team.
Course Enquiries: +44 (0)1895 265599 (before you submit an application)
Admissions Office: +44 (0)1895 265265 (after you submit an application)

Course content

The MA consists of compulsory modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.

Full-time route

Term 1

  • Elements of Writing: Fiction
  • Creativity

Term 2

  • Feature and Screenwriting
  • Writers at Work

Term 3/Summer Vacation (until the end of September)

  • Independent Writing Project

Part-time route

  • Term 1: Elements of Writing: Fiction
  • Term 2: Feature and Screenwriting
  • Term 4: Creativity
  • Term 5: Writers at Work
  • Term 6/Summer Holiday (until the end of September): Independent Writing Project

Module descriptions

Creativity (30 credits) explores the ways in which theory can illuminate what goes on in your mind and on the page when you are writing creatively or professionally and how that writing will be received by readers and by society at large. It also looks at how to be more creative in your approach to writing by considering everything from the choice of individual words right up to the overarching structure of a complete text.

Elements of Writing: Fiction (30 credits) investigates essential literary techniques, which are then discussed in seminars, revolving around exemplary novels, and practiced by means of workshopped exercises.

Feature and Screenwriting (30 credits) analyses the main strategies and conventions of feature and screenwriting and then practices them with workshopped exercises. Students choose to taker either the feature or the screenwriting strand.

Writers at Work (30 credits) is a career-focused module, which considers the teaching of creative writing in schools, universities and community environments, arts administration and artistic support initiatives. It will therefore look at what methods are used in the teaching of creative writing; at how community writers’ groups and reading groups operate; at how to organise literary festivals, poetry events, and writing competitions; at how to establish a career in the arts industry; at how project design works and artistic projects get to be funded.

Read more about the structure of postgraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.

Typical dissertations

The opening chapters of a novel; a collection of short stories; a play; a film, TV or radio script; a volume of poems; a portfolio of articles; a memoir; travel writing.


Careers and your future

Graduates of the MA Creative Writing Programme will be able to pursue careers in authorship, creative writing teaching, arts administration, the media (journalism, advertising, publishing, television, radio, the internet).

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

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Entry criteria 2019/20

  • A 2:2 (or above) UK honours degree, or equivalent internationally recognised qualification. Other qualifications and relevant professional or practical experience will be assessed on an individual basis.

  • A sample of your creative writing (i.e. short stories; novel-in-progress; poems; play or film scripts; articles for newspapers) between two and five thousand words, which demonstrates appropriate ability and commitment, should be submitted with your application.

  • Applicants will be invited to an interview.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

International and EU entry requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason.

We offer our own BrunELT English Test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options at the Brunel Language Centre.

Teaching and learning

The course offers various forms of teaching and learning methods such as:

  • 3-hour lectures, combining presentation and practice
  • workshops
  • seminars
  • presentations
  • project supervision
  • tutorials
  • independent learning and practice.

Assessment and feedback

Students of the master's course will need to gain 180 credits to complete the Creative Writing MA degree; you will therefore take all the four modules of Strand A (120 credits) and the project of Strand B (60 credits). Full-time Creative Writing students will take two taught modules in Term 1 and two in Term 2. Part-time students will generally take the morning module in Terms 1 and 2 of the first year, and the afternoon module in Terms 1 and 2 of Year 2, although, if circumstances require, this pattern can be reversed.

Special features

MA Creating Writing students are taught by some of the most talented, original, exciting and experienced writers publishing in the industry today. Brunel’s creative writing staff have between them published over 80 books and have written for television, film and radio. The team includes writer and broadcaster Will Self and renowned performance poet, writer and broadcaster Benjamin Zephaniah.

The broad range of forms, techniques and strategies taught on the MA Creative Writing gives you the opportunity to experiment and discover which suits you best. If you are already specialising in a particular area of writing, it will underpin your expertise by equipping you with a varied knowledge of other methods.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2019/20 entry

UK/EU students: £8,000 full-time; £4,000 part-time

International students: £16,850 full-time; £8,425 part-time

Some courses incur additional course related costs. You can also check our on-campus accommodation costs for more information on living expenses.

Read about funding opportunities available to postgraduate students

UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.

Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).

Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home/EU undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International and postgraduate fees will increase annually in line with RPI, or 5%, whichever is the lesser.

There is a range of financial support available to help you fund your studies. Find out about postgraduate student funding options.