MA Creative Writing

MA Creative Writing

This programme offers a great opportunity to join our thriving literary community and grow your creative potential. You will develop your skills as a writer and explore the theory and practice of writing in the contemporary world through a combination of taught modules, independent study, writing and research.

You will have the opportunity to develop employability skills, work on a publication, and complete your own final project where you work on a longer portfolio in depth, supervised by a dedicated member of staff.

Modules offer a thematic approach and you may write in any form on any given course (you are not asked to pin down whether you are a 'poet' or a 'novelist'). There are also modules that develop your employability - these are ideal if you have an interest in either facilitating writing groups yourself, or learning how the publishing industry operates.

The portfolio project is an opportunity for independent and in-depth development of a writing project, supervised by a writer on the team, and supported by three workshops. The course is enhanced by a range of further opportunities including a writing retreat, an opportunity to meet with an agent/publisher/editor and a wealth of brilliant events through the York Literature Festival.

You will have the opportunity for one-to-one sessions with your tutors every term. The final project is independent and is a chance to invest in a project of your choice.

Entry Requirements


We normally require a BA degree at 2:1 grade or higher (or equivalent). We are open to considering previous degrees in the Humanities, Arts, Sciences and Social Sciences.

Writing Sample

You will need to submit a sample of creative writing, either in Prose, Script or Poetry of at least 1,000-2,000 words (or 3 poems) in order for staff to ascertain if the writing is of an appropriately high standard.

International Students 

International students will need to demonstrate that they have equivalent experience /qualifications as home students (ie the same entry criteria as above).

If their first language is not English they must show evidence of English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.


If you can't meet these minimum requirements it may be possible to take into account evidence of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) as an alternative method of meeting the programme’s entry requirements. In such a case, appropriate references and records of employment might be presented to support the applicant’s case for admission.

Course Details

Critical Approaches to Creative Writing
Writing the Voice
Writing in the World: Facilitation, Collaboration and Dissemination
Writing and the Environment
Genre and Audience
Tradition and Innovation
Project Portfolio

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