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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MA Creative Writing (2016 and 2017 entry)

Academic Year: 2017/18

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department School of the Arts, English and Drama
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award MA/ PGDip/ PGCert
Programme title Creative Writing
Programme code EAPT39, EAPT40
Length of programme The minimum duration of the programme is one calendar year full-time, two calendar years part-time.
UCAS code
Admissions criteria


Date at which the programme specification was published Fri, 28 Jul 2017 16:52:19 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • to provide an encouraging and stimulating environment in which students can develop their creative writing;

  • to develop students’ skills in major genres of writing, including scriptwriting, radio writing, prose writing and poetry, and to encourage them to develop specialisms in these.

  • to develop students’ critical skills and self-critical skills;

  • to give students the opportunity to mix critical and creative writing in new ways;

  • to develop students’ research skills, particularly with reference to the kinds of research demanded by creative writing;

  • to develop students’ knowledge of contemporary trends in writing and in the writing industries.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

  • The Benchmark Statement for English and for Drama

  • The Creative Writing Subject Benchmark Statement

  • Framework for High Education Qualifications (FHEQ)

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding


On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of

  • the research methods relevant to the production of original, creative work;
  • contemporary developments in creative writing;
  • the usefulness of workshops to develop creative skills;
  • key characteristics of the writing industries.



3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to

  •  demonstrate an awareness of generic conventions;
  •  develop a qualitative framework through which to judge their own and others’ work;
  •  understand how to make use of academic research in creative writing;
  •  understand how to produce writing in a structured and consistent way
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to

  • demonstrate a capacity to provide constructive feedback on other writers’ work;
  • demonstrate an enhanced ability to produce good writing in their chosen genre or genres;
  • develop the ability to write self-reflexively about their own work;
  • assess the connections between their own work and the current state of the literary marketplace
c. Key transferable skills:
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to
  •  retrieve relevant information from both electronic and hard-copy sources and evaluate such sources;
  •  demonstrate well-developed skills in communicating to an audience, both orally and on paper;
  •  demonstrate well-developed writing and inter-personal communication skills;
  •  deliver required work to a given brief, format, length and deadline.


4. Programme structure

4.1     To be eligible for consideration for these awards, students must obtain appropriate credit from the following compulsory modules.  

Compulsory modules account for a total of 60 credits in Semester 1 and 120 credits in Semester 2 including the Dissertation, making a total of the required weighting of 180 credits overall. 

Semester 1



30 credits


Resources for Advanced Research

15 credits



15 credits

Semester 2



30 credits


Writers and the Writing Industries

30 credits



60 credits

 4.2       The subjects for the Dissertation module (EAP018) must be approved in advance by the Programme Leader or nominee, and dissertations must be submitted by a specified date in the first half of September. The dissertation should be a maximum of 15,000 words in length.

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

5.1      In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must satisfy the requirements specified in Regulation XXI.

5.2      Students will normally be permitted to proceed to the Dissertation module (EAP018) after studying taught modules with a total modular weight of 120.

5.3      In accordance with Regulation XXI, candidates who have the right of reassessment in a module will be offered an opportunity to be reassessed in the University’s special assessment period.



6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

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