Masters | Postgraduate Course - Creative Writing MA Course Details within University of Surrey

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Full-time UK/EU fees £7,000 Overseas fees £15,900 Part-time UK/EU fees £3,500 Overseas fees £8,000
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Creative Writing MA

Study Details

MA 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Why choose this course?

You will have access to a yearly calendar of events hosted at the University created to broaden your thinking, and develop your writing skills: events such as the Morag Morris Poetry Lecture, the annual Surrey New Writers’ Festival, the Cultures in Contact research seminar, and the Surrey Poetry Festival.

Teaching is research-led, so you benefit from the individual expertise and passion of a vibrant, multidisciplinary group of published authors and academics, including our Poet in Residence and Distinguished Writer in Residence.

What you will study

The MA Creative Writing programme will hone your research and writing skills to produce critically informed prose or poetry, and creative criticism. We will help you to locate your work in its literary and cultural context, and you will have the chance to reflect on your creative process and the finished work.

Our programme will build your confidence and technical ability in composing creative prose and/or poetry, while deepening your critical awareness of the cultural, literary and theoretical history of text production.

The MA in Creative Writing provides a strong foundation to embark upon a career in writing, communications, publishing, marketing, advertising, journalism or teaching, or to undertake a PhD.

Global opportunities

There may be opportunities to acquire valuable European experience by working or conducting research abroad during your degree or shortly afterwards. It is possible to do this in the summer period with an Erasmus+ grant working on your dissertation or as a recent graduate. In order to qualify your Erasmus+ traineeship must be a minimum of two months.

Module details


  • Organisations And Written Communication
  • Identity: Marketing And Communication In Practice
  • Literary Scholarship And Creativity
  • Special Author I
  • Special Author Ii
  • Open Essay I
  • Open Essay Ii
  • Advanced Studies In 19th Century Literature
  • Creative Writing Portfolio
  • Creative Writing Workshop I
  • Creative Writing Workshop Ii
  • Open Creative Piece I
  • Open Creative Piece Ii
  • Beat Writing
  • Childrens Literature
  • Screenwriting
  • Writing Shamanism - Literature And Visual Media
  • Magic, Mysticism, And Modernity
  • Issues In Literary Translation
  • Research And Writing Skills
  • Advanced Studies In Medieval Writing
  • Narrative And The Body

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a first or 2:1 degree (or equivalent) and will be asked as part of the application procedure to provide a portfolio of creative material (5,000 words prose or equivalent). In exceptional cases, students with a proven commitment to creative writing but no first degree may also be admitted.

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