MA Creative Writing

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


Whether you’re a recent graduate or retiree our Creative Writing MA will give you the opportunity to experiment with style and develop your own creative voice across a great range of forms. Ours is a varied programme that covers work in fiction, poetry and screenwriting.

You will be taught by professional, published writers who will help you become an active member of the South West writing community. Through regular writing workshops, research seminars and lectures from visiting authors like Hilary Mantel we will help you hone your craft.

From the high tors of Dartmoor to the beaches of the Devon coast, the landscape of the South West is an inspiring place for any writer. The city of Exeter has a long history built on Roman foundations with the medieval Cathedral and surrounding buildings being particularly popular with visitors. We have strong links to the South West Writing Community, including journals like Riptide which is co-edited by one of our graduates.

Programme structure

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

Our aim is to develop your ability and confidence within the craft of writing. We take a collaborative approach to teaching so you will take part in workshops and seminar groups where you will have the chance to gain feedback from both your writing tutors and your peers.

You might already know what sort of writing you want to do but we believe that experimentation is the key to unlocking creativity and so you will be encouraged to try a variety of different approaches. The modules you will study are designed to allow you to try some new things and foster a creative voice unique to you.

By the end of your programme you will have written an independent creative piece which may form the basis of a portfolio, publication or production.


Of course, writing can be an end in itself - if you’re interest is purely in pursuing a long held creative ambition or following up on a life-long passion. A Creative Writing MA on the other hand can open a number of interesting doors. Some of our recent graduates have gone on to work in marketing, publishing and editorial roles while others have published or are about to publish their first pieces.

Careers and employment support

While studying at Exeter you can also access a range of activities, advice and practical help to give you the best chance of following your chosen career path. For more information visit our Careers pages.

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

As a Creative Writing student you will be part of the College of Humanities. This gives you access to some of the College’s exciting Research Centres where Postgraduate students and Academic Staff work together to explore different specialist areas. This is good news for any writer, whether you have closely defined interests or are looking for fresh areas of exploration.

Within English we have four dedicated research centres:

  • Medieval and Renaissance Research Group
  • The 18th-Century Narrative Consortium
  • Victorian Studies Research Group
  • 20th and 21st Century Literature, Creative Writing and Film Research Group


As well as our Creative Writing community you will also become a part of our wider English Department, which will give you some interesting opportunities, such as the chance to study the practice of writing alongside the literature of the 20th and 21st centuries.

You will be able to use the whole range of Library services during your time at Exeter. We have modern study spaces, an extensive Academic Library, inter-Library loan system, and an extensive Digital Library all of which you will have full access to.

The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, housed within the University’s Old Library, holds a unique archival collection with particular strength in the area of British Film.

The University also houses its own Special Collections which includes original papers relating to important South West literary figures such as Ted Hughes, Daphne Du Maurier, John Fowles, John Betjeman, Agatha Christie, and Henry Williamson.

Entry requirements 2017

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).

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 2017/18

  • UK/EU: £7,500 full-time; £3,750 part-time
  • International: £16,500 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.

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

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