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

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Creative Writing MA

Study Details

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

Why choose this course

Our MA Creative Writing is about more than just words. It’s a pathway to self-discovery and finding your own unique literary voice, while you benefit from the experience of our published writers and academics. 

You’ll engage with intriguing literary theory, writing techniques, and discover how to find your niche and engage with the publishing world. While benefitting from a focus on community and the sharing of ideas, you’ll also have access to a yearly calendar of events that will broaden your thinking and develop your writing skills such as the annual Surrey New Writers’ Festival and Surrey Poetry Festival.

What you will study

Choosing our MA Creative Writing course will sharpen and refine your research and writing abilities. Whether prose or poetry, you’ll engage with theory, practice and research that encourages lateral thought and lays the groundwork for your own ideas to develop and mature. 

It could be that you arrive with an existing project in mind, but actually finish the course having been inspired by your research, with something very different and more technically impressive. This is where the experience of our published writers and academics comes into its own, including our Distinguished Writer in Residence and Poet in Residence. 

You will also deepen your awareness and understanding of the cultural, literary and theoretical history of text production.

This course could be your stepping stone to a career in writing, communications, publishing, marketing, advertising, journalism or teaching, or a gateway to PhD study. 

Module details

Year 1 (full-time)

  • CREATIVE WRITING PORTFOLIO Compulsory Year-long
  • 21ST-CENTURY LITERARY STUDIES: THEORIES, METHODOLOGIES AND APPROACHES Optional
  • CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP I Compulsory
  • GEOGRAPHIES OF NATION AND EMPIRE: THE VICTORIAN NOVEL 1850 - 1890 Optional
  • ISSUES IN LITERARY TRANSLATION Optional
  • MAGIC, MYSTICISM, AND MODERNITY Optional
  • NARRATIVE AND THE BODY Optional
  • OPEN WRITING I Optional
  • ORGANISATIONS AND WRITTEN COMMUNICATION Optional
  • RESEARCH AND WRITING SKILLS Compulsory
  • SCREENWRITING Optional
  • CHILDRENS LITERATURE Optional
  • CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP II Compulsory
  • IDENTITY: MARKETING AND COMMUNICATION IN PRACTICE Optional
  • LITERARY SCHOLARSHIP AND CREATIVITY Compulsory
  • OPEN WRITING II Optional
  • REALISM AND ITS CRITICS Optional
  • THE AGE OF CHIVALRY: MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN ROMANCE Optional
  • WRITING SHAMANISM - LITERATURE AND VISUAL MEDIA Optional
  • WRITING THE VICTORIANS: NEO-VICTORIANISM IN CONTEMPORARY CULTURE Optional

Optional modules for Year 1 (full-time) - FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

  • Students choose two of the listed optional modules (one in each semester)

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a first or 2:1 UK honours degree, or a recognised equivalent international qualification. 

As part of the application procedure, applicants will be asked to provide a portfolio of creative material (5,000 words prose or equivalent).