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Creative Writing MA

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Subject area

Creative Writing

Mode of study

1 year full-time

2 years part-time



UK / EU £8,000

International £16,850

Entry requirements


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Our Creative Writing MA degree is designed to equip you with a broad range of advanced creative writing skills and academic accreditation for your creative work.

Teaching is delivered by some of the most talented and original wordsmiths working today. Between them, they’ve published over 80 books, produced countless scripts for TV, radio and film, and won umpteen awards. The teaching team includes author Bernardine Evaristo and renowned writers like Hannah Lowe and Max Kinnings.

As well as the stand-alone ‘general’ programme, we’ve added four new dynamic pathways to the course so you can choose your preferred specialism and focus your learning across key forms of contemporary creative writing:

  • General: Build an advanced knowledge on the current theory and practice of writing in the community and develop an understanding of the role of the writer in arts initiatives and creative industries.
  • The Novel: Gain a deeper insight into the structure of a novel and develop the techniques to critically assess a variety of novel forms and genres at a professional industry level.
  • Poetry: Learn how to employ language innovatively to create new poetry and create a sustained body of work that showcases a range of technical approaches.
  • Publishing: Develop your knowledge of the publishing industry its history and processes, while gaining an understanding of the relationship between author, agent, editor and the key roles at a publishing house.
  • Screenwriting: Take your ideas from the page to the screen by building an advanced knowledge of the production and reception of different genres of screenwriting.

You have the advantage of Brunel’s close location to London, the literary capital of the UK. You’ll benefit from trips to the British Library, Shakespeare’s Globe and West End theatres. You'll also get to hear from guest lectures covering different aspects of creative writing. Industry expert speakers include book publishers, screenwriters, poets and broadcasters.   

Your writing talent can also be showcased at a variety of performances hosted by Brunel including poetry, plays, comedy and film screenings, literary debates, and the popular Brunel Writers’ Series.

Our MA in creative writing can be studied full-time over one year or part-time over two years.

You can explore our campus and facilities for yourself by taking our virtual tour.

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Course content

You will study two compulsory pathway-specific modules and two optional modules, plus the dissertation. Your dissertation project involves the production of a substantial and original piece of extended writing.

Optional modules are indicative and available subject to numbers.


Typical modules

Two pathway modules and the dissertation:

  • Writers at Work (Pathway: General MA)
  • Elements of Fiction (Pathways: General MA; The Novel)
  • Planning a Novel (Pathway: The Novel)
  • Elements of Poetry (Pathway: Poetry)
  • Towards a Poetry Collection (Pathway: Poetry)
  • Elements of Publishing (Pathway: Publishing)
  • Becoming a Publisher (Pathway: Publishing)
  • Elements of Screenwriting (Pathway: Screenwriting)
  • Developing a Screenplay (Pathway: Screenwriting)
  • Creative Writing Dissertation

Two options from:

  • Creativity
  • Reviewing and Criticism
  • Creative Careers
  • Feature Journalism
  • Exploring Human Development

This course can be studied 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time, starting in September.

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Careers and your future

A creative writing degree from Brunel will prepare you fora professional creative writing career. Our graduates are working in journalism, publishing, advertising, television, radio and the internet.

Many have gone on to have their novels and poetry collections published including: Alarum (Wayne Holloway Smith); Sky Pirates (Liesel Shwartz) and Dream on Amber (Emma Shevah).

Our academics are well established in industry, have won many awards and honours and written for major national newspapers and magazines across the country. Their experience, contacts and knowledge of the literary industry can go a long way to putting you on the right track to success as a graduate.

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UK entry requirements

  • 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.
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EU and International entry requirements

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.

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.

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 through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding



£8,000 full-time

£4,000 part-time


£16,850 full-time

£8,425 part-time

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of postgraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase. 

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Teaching and Learning

Our creative writing courses are delivered by professional writers. This means you’ll be learning from staff who are publishing work and have high-level experience, knowledge and expertise in the creative industry. They will support, encourage and coach you to become a brilliant writer.

Study will combine lectures, group seminar discussions, tutorials, writing workshops, practical performance sessions, group research sessions, guided independent learning, and field trips.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

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Assessment and feedback

Your progress will be assessed via writing and research assignments, essays, coursework portfolios, journals, group practical exercises, individual and group presentations, and your dissertation.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.