MA Creative Writing

Duration Full time 1 year
Part time 2 years
  • English
LocationExeter (Streatham)
Start date September



Streatham Campus, Exeter

MA students are an integral part of the flourishing writing culture within the Department, with regular extra-curricular writing workshops to develop work in progress, regular research seminars and regular visits from distinguished scholars and speakers.

We will prepare you for entry into the professions of writing, across a range of genres and provide opportunities for you to publish work by introducing you to national and international publications, publishing and broadcast media professionals and Literary Agents and Editors.

There is a special emphasis within the Department of English upon interdisciplinarity. Creative Writing as practice is studied alongside literature of the 20th and 21st centuries and in relation to other cultural products in different media – for example, the comparative development of creative writing and film.

Programme structure

Compulsory modules

EASM123Creative Writing Dissertation 60

Optional modules

Choose four modules from:

EASM144Image, Shape and Music30
EASM121The Poetry of Events30
EASM133Structures of Realism30
EASM122Writing for the Screen30
Any MA English Literary Studies module30

In place of any one of these modules, students may take any optional module offered on the MA in Literary Studies OR any one module from another MA programme offered at the University (subject to availability and, where appropriate, the required prerequisites).

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Learning and teaching

The taught components of the MA Creative Writing are delivered in the first two terms, leaving the third for your dissertation. Modules are taught in seminar groups, with lots of time for discussion and interaction. In seminars you will be expected to take part in debate and present your work.

Assessment is by coursework, consisting of critical essays and a creative writing portfolio for most taught modules plus a 20,000-word dissertation. For the dissertation students will elect either to write an entirely new piece of creative writing, or to continue a longer piece of work that has already been started in previous modules. For example, an ongoing novel-in-progress, a screenplay, or a book-length collection of verse.  This will be accompanied by a critical contextualising essay.


A degree in English, whether studied at our campus in Exeter or in Penryn, can provide you with an excellent general understanding of language, literature and culture. For our graduates, it opens up career paths in related areas such as teaching, publishing and the media as well providing a path to other areas such as the Civil Service, business, law and management.

Some destinations of graduates from English Studies programmes are:

  • Advertising
  • Associate Teaching Fellow
  • Bookseller
  • Broadcast Journalist
  • Copywriter & Social Media Executive
  • Editor
  • Events Manager
  • Fashion Assistant
  • Freelance Journalist
  • Journalist
  • Junior PR Consultant
  • Lecturer
  • Librarian
  • Marketing Executive
  • Media Account Executive
  • Merchandiser
  • Online Marketing Executive
  • Post Production Assistant
  • PR Coordinator for Europe and Middle East
  • Proof Reader
  • Psychotherapist
  • Publicist
  • Reporter
  • Sabbatical Officer
  • Teacher
  • Video Content Producer
  • Writer

Research areas

We welcome applications for research in all areas of literary, culture and film studies. Academic staff in the Department of English currently supervise over 100 research students.

All members of staff are active researchers and their interests as a whole encompass all the varieties of Anglophone culture not only in Britain, but in the US and elsewhere. This variety is reflected in the range of topics currently being studied by students, from poetry to drama, novels to films, medieval manuscripts to the internet, and from creative and life writing to the study of panoramas and magic lantern shows. It is also reflected in the number of research and reading groups organised by students and staff and by the number of conferences, talks and guest lectures that take place each year.

At the heart of the Department’s diversity is a common commitment to the intellectual development and welfare of all our postgraduate students and to cultural history and theory in their broadest sense. There is a special emphasis in the Department on interdisciplinarity – the deployment of approaches from disciplines such as history, sociology, politics, economics, psychology and visual culture alongside the theories and practices belonging to literary, film and cultural studies. It is this mix that enables the Department to offer supervisory expertise in creative writing, social theory, gender studies, feminist theory, popular culture and film studies as well as in transatlantic and post-colonial studies and all forms of literature from the medieval to the contemporary.

Entry requirements 2016

Normally a 2:1, preferably in English, although other subjects are considered.

We also welcome applications from industry professionals interested in the academic study of the subject or looking to enhance your CV with an academic qualification.  We also welcome applications from individuals with suitable skills and experience of writing creative works.

Candidates may be called for interview (which may be by telephone or video link).

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

At least 7.0 overall and no less than 6.0 in any other section.


At least 100 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

65 with no less than 55 in all skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2016/17

  • UK/EU: £6,900 full-time; £3,450 part-time
  • International: £15,950 full-time

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

Scholarships and other funding

Find out about funding opportunities available to students on our taught Masters programmes in English.

Contact us

College of Humanities
Postgraduate Administrator
Phone: +44 (0)1392 725306

Department of English
Phone: +44 (0)1392 725309