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MA Nature Writing

Please note: The below is for 2025 entries. Click here for 2024 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
2 years part time
Entry year September 2024
Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline English
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2:2 Honours degree

Contextual offers


  • Develop a distinctive creative voice and advanced imaginative literary skills through critical thinking, judgement and abstract evolution of principles
  • Experience a wide range of creative, critical and theoretical approaches, both classical and experimental, and learn to analyse complex literary and non-literary work
  • Based in a beautiful West Country location that is also a UNESCO City of Literature
  • You will be taught by a strong and diverse group of internationally recognised writers, with particular strengths in nature writing and the literature of the environment and climate change, who will help you develop your own writing towards publication
  • Our strong industry links within publishing, literary journalism, broadcasting, book festivals and prizes will provide valuable insights into the workings of the literary marketplace and open many opportunities to establish the contacts necessary for successful publication

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88% of our English research is internationally excellent

Based on research rated 4* + 3* in REF 2021, submitted to UoA27 English Language and Literature

Top 50 in the world for English Language and Literature

QS World University Subject Rankings 2024

A thriving and supportive writing community - our team of prize-winning and best-selling authors will help you develop your creative writing skills

Top 10 in the UK for English

9th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024

Entry requirements

We are looking for graduates with a 2:2 Honours degree with 53% or above in their first degree in a relevant subject area. While we normally only accept applicants who meet this criteria, if you are coming from a different academic background which is equivalent to degree level, or have relevant work experience, we would welcome your application.

Applicants will be asked to submit a sample of creative writing which can be roughly 2,000 words of prose or 3-4 poems.

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile E. Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.

Course content

This MA will introduce you to a diverse and intellectually challenging range of topics and materials as well as a variety of creative and critical approaches, particularly the role that Creative Writing can play in tackling major environmental and social issues. 

We primarily focus on literary texts but also include, depending on your choice of modules, the study of genre and of the market for creative productions. You will gain a range of subject specific, discipline specific, core research and academic skills, as well as creative skills and techniques, to enhance your independent writing.

The programme has been structured with different kinds of creative individuals in mind: those who wish to experiment with a wide variety of modes of writing and those who are determined to follow a particular project in their own chosen field or medium, i.e. fiction, verse, or screenplay; those seeking high level training prior to embarking on doctoral research; recent graduates who wish to extend and enhance their studies by a year before embarking on a career; individuals already in employment who are interested in career development.

Please note that this course requires you to read and analyse complex English literary texts, but we do not teach English language skills on these modules. You will need a near-native level of English to participate fully in classes and complete assessments successfully.

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.

120 credits of compulsory modules and 60 credits of optional modules

Compulsory modules

Students must take EASM123 Dissertation plus EASM156 and EASM196

CodeModule Credits
EASM123 Creative Writing Dissertation 60
EASM156 Writing Nature: Ecology, Place, Memoir (Creative Writing) 30
EASM196 Writing for the Planet: Creative Writing as Climate and Ecological Activism 30

Optional modules

Students must choose 60 credits of option modules

CodeModule Credits
MA Nature Writing - Creative Writing options 2024-5
EASM121 The Poetry of Events - Building a Plot 30
EASM122 Writing for the Screen 30
EASM133 The Structures of Realism 30
EASM166 Prose Writing Workshop 30
EASM169 Publishing and Power: Black and Asian Literary Networks in the UK 30
EASM185 Story Machines: Interactive Texts and Narrative Games 30
MA Nature Writing - English Literary Studies options 2024-5
EASM169 Publishing and Power: Black and Asian Literary Networks in the UK 30
EASM180 Crossing Medieval Boundaries 30
EASM184 World Literature and Postcolonial Studies 30
EASM192 Global Voices: Shakespeare and the Early Modern World 30
EASM109 Bodies Politic: Cultural and Sexual Politics in England, 1603-1679 30
EASM152 Criticism and Theory: Critical and Literary Theory in a Global Context 30
EASM167 World Cinema / World Literature 30
EASM171 Expanding Queerness: Critical Debates in Theory, Literature, Film and Television 30
EASM174 Writing Women in the English Middle Ages 30
EASM191 Environments of Early Modern Drama 30


2024/25 entry

UK fees per year:

£12,000 full-time; £6,000 part-time

International fees per year:

£24,300 full-time; £12,150 part-time


We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students. This includes over £5 million in scholarships for international students, such as our Global Excellence Scholarships*.

For more information on scholarships, please visit our scholarships and bursaries page.

*Selected programmes only. Please see the Terms and Conditions for each scheme for further details.

Teaching and research

Learning and teaching

Whether you already know what kind of books or screenplays you wish to write or are still searching for the best form in which to express your creativity, we offer the chance to try your hand in a range of genres, and to benefit from feedback tailored to your writing needs.

A programme of visiting speakers takes place throughout the academic year with writers, publishers and agents coming to talk to students about the next steps in their careers. The roll call changes every year to reflect both our students’ interests and new trends. Recent guest lecturers have included the Booker prize winning novelist Hilary Mantel; the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize-winning novelist Hisham Matar; the Pulitzer Prize winning US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey; the writer, editor and publisher Richard Cohen, and many others.


Our MA can be taken over one-year full time, or two years part time. During your studies, you will build a portfolio of creative work for possible publication, including a dissertation in your chosen genre. You will also be able to take a range of optional modules and explore literary genres and forms with a mutually supportive, like-minded group of fellow writers.

Research areas

Exeter’s Creative Writing staff practise and publish in a range of literary genres. Their experience of the literary world is not limited to writing and teaching. They also worked – and continue to work - as editors, publishers, agents, radio producers, and journalists. This wealth of experience is reflected in the vibrancy and diversity of our workshops and tutorials.

Research Centres

Dedicated research centres and groupings within our department include:

Research Groups


You will join a vibrant postgraduate and research community. All our staff belong to one or more research group which plan and develop research initiatives across the Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

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Whether your ambition is to become a full-time writer, a teacher of writing, or to develop a creative career which includes writing in one of its many forms, we have a strong track record of supporting our students through to publication and doctoral level work.

While at Exeter, our MA students publish their creative work in RIPTIDE and in the postgraduate journal EXCLAMATION. The Creative Writing Society also run a journal called Enigma.

In addition, our industry connections within publishing, literary journalism and broadcasting, book festivals and prizes open many opportunities to establish the contacts necessary for successful publication.


Former University of Exeter students who have gone on to develop a writing career include poets such as Luke Kennard, Abi Curtis, Eleanor Rees, Izzy Galleymore, Jaime Robles, Jos Smith, Sally Flint, and Samuel Tongue; novelists Virginia Baily, Lucy Wood, and Ruth Gilligan; and non-fiction writers such as Miriam Darlington.

Many of our former students now work in film, broadcasting, advertising, journalism, PR, publishing, teaching – including the teaching of creative writing – as well as other careers in the growing number of fields where good writing is an asset.

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.

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