Creative Writing MA

Entry requirements:
2:1 +
1 year
2 years
Start date:
October 2018
UK/EU fees:
International fees:



in the UK for English and Creative Writing

Guardian University Guide 2018


Our Creative Writing MA is taught by a team of writers, academic experts and special guests. You will pursue a syllabus that gives you the opportunity to write in a range of genres and forms, while choosing what to submit for feedback.

You will work on elements of fiction and poetry, and genres such as writing for TV and creative non-fiction, including travel writing and biography. You will have opportunities to take part in workshops, guest readings and open-mic nights on campus, and take advantage of the School's connections with regional and national literature organisations.

It is a distinctive feature of our Creative Writing MA programme that we produce self-aware graduates who share wide interests with other MA students who can demonstrate a developed consciousness of how they create their work and why. They are also aware of industry possibilities including the demands of internet publishing. Many of our graduates go on to have work published, in poetry or fiction, as well as finding careers that involve their creative thinking and knowledge of the literature section.

English and Creative Writing staff are now located in a newly refurbished building with improved study spaces for all students in close proximity to staff offices and teaching spaces. Improved access to IT workshop spaces and individual lockers enhances the already strong sense of community across the student body.

External speakers are frequently invited to meetings held by our research groups. MA students from a wide range of backgrounds attend these events, enjoying the opportunities both for socialising and for networking. Creative Writing students may also nominate external visitors to be invited to meetings.

Groups hosted by the School include Gendered Lives, Politicized Practice, Arts in the Public Sphere and Early Victorian Culture.

What makes this programme different?

  • Explore a range of genres and forms
  • Learn how to find an agent, how to run a workshop, and how to apply for funding
  • Have opportunities to take part in workshops, guest readings and open-mic nights

Who should study this programme?

Our Creative Writing MA programme is suitable for you if you are looking to develop your skills in major genres of writing, including fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry, in an encouraging and stimulating environment.

Entry requirements

An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification in English, Drama or a related subject.

In addition to the online application, initial assessment will be based on a sample of written work (2,000-4,000 words), CV, personal statement, and confidential reports from two named referees.

Applicants with non-standard profiles, or without a relevant first degree, will be considered on the basis of their CV, samples of work and references.

English Language Requirements

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not.

IELTS: 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.0 in all elements.

What you'll study

The modules on our Creative Writing MA are designed to deliver a high quality educational experience. Our School of the Arts, English and Drama has an impressive reputation for teaching and research excellence in the fields of visual, literary and performing art.


Our Creative Writing MA covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have expanded on some of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.

Semester 1

Departures (30 credits)

This module aims to extend your repertoire, deliberately introducing you to a range of alternative literary and non-literary forms. Classes are interactive and regular readings of work – of drafts and “finished” work - are included in the timetable. Individual consultations are also scheduled.

Resources for Advanced Research (15 credits)

Much of the most complex forms of research involve the evaluation of evidence and the archives from which it is derived. On this module you will be encouraged to consider how non-traditional forms of evidence (for example, web resources or local historical collections) might be judged for their authenticity and usefulness. By this means, it is usual to explore fresh approaches to research questions. Our sense is that the most valuable creative work often derives from choice of content as well as form.

Perspectives (15 credits)

The approach in this module is to offer a range of investigations into points of view and narrative choices. The texts explored in the initial weeks exemplify “broken” or radically structured works that challenge the reader. You will then be encouraged to adopt such techniques in their own work.

Semester 2

Diversions (30 credits)

Drawing closely upon other Creative Writing work, this module looks closely at the distinction between the literary and non-literary and whether the boundary between these categories is valuable or helpful.

Writers and the Writing Industries (30 credits)

One of the tasks for any creative writer is to get their work published. This involves both hard-copy and digital opportunities and also necessary connections with industry professionals. You will be armed with the relevant knowledge that this entails and methodologies about how to advertise in relevant sites and events.

Dissertation (60 credits)

The dissertation allows you to pursue a topic or project of your choice, leading to the submission of a portfolio of original work accompanied by a report on your own process. It is common for candidates to capitalise upon preparatory study in relevant modules in order to pursue projects of a radical and challenging nature.

How you'll be assessed

Assessment is by submission of pieces of writing of differing lengths, from 2,000-4,000 words, which may include a reflective element, and include presentations of your work and your professional plans. The final dissertation is 15,000 words.

How you'll study

Independent study
Group work

Your personal and professional development

Our Creative Writing MA will encourage you to respond creatively to prompts and exercises, and in doing so, to understand more about yourself as a writer in terms of what and how you write best.

You will benefit from the experience of workshopping and editing both yours and others' work to a high standard, as well as learning advanced research skills that will enable you to initiate, develop and deliver creative projects. You will gain a vital understanding of the literature sector and enhance your routes to publication and employability by learning about the work of agents, publishers and literature organisations, as well as the many ways that you, as a writer, can flourish in the digital age.

Future career prospects

You will receive training in a range of professional skills such as how to find an agent, how to run a workshop, and how to apply for funding so you graduate with knowledge of the writing industries and your place in the sector.

Graduate destinations

Recent graduate roles include:

  • Digital Content Producer
  • PhD student
  • Maitre de Langue
  • Founding Partner and Creative Director
  • Performance Poet
  • Account Manager
  • Writer and Writing Coach
  • Communications Coordinator

Graduate destinations include:

  • Natural History Museum
  • Penguin Random House
  • Université de Lorraine
  • Hope&Glory PR
  • Mac&Moore

Your personal development

On successful completion of this programme, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a capacity to provide constructive feedback on other writers’ work
  • Demonstrate an enhanced ability to produce good writing in your chosen genre or genres
  • Develop the ability to write self-reflexively about your own work
  • Assess the connections between your own work and the current state of the literary marketplace
  • Demonstrate well developed writing and interpersonal communication skills
  • Deliver required work to a given brief, format, length and deadline

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

Our students

Rupert Ibbotson

Creative Writing MA

I enjoy working in an environment where everyone has a similar interest (in my case creative writing) but everyone is unique.


Creative Writing MA

My degree injected me with the confidence to write and keep on writing.