MA Creative Writing

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Faculty Faculty of Arts
Awards available MA
Programme length One year full-time;
two years part-time;
three years part-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Two years part-time study requires attendance at one seminar in TB1, one seminar in TB2. and four hours of tutorial in TB3 in the first year. In the second year, the two years part-time study option requires attendance at one seminar in TB1, one seminar in TB2 and four hours of tutorial in TB3. Three years part-time study requires attendance at one seminar in TB1, one seminar in TB2 and two hours of tutorial in TB3 in the first year. In the second year, it again requires attendance at one seminar in TB1, one seminar in TB2 and two hours of tutorial in TB3. The third year of study requires the student to attend six hours of tutorials.
Start date September 2021

Programme overview

The MA in Creative Writing at Bristol is designed for writers who would like to begin publishing their work. In warm, supportive workshops, you will be helped to improve your writing and in lectures and seminars you will increase your understanding of the industrial and critical contexts of contemporary literature. 

The MA in Creative Writing at Bristol is industry-focused. You will be taught by experienced published writers. A special unit will introduce you to issues in contemporary publishing. Guest writers and experts from industry will speak, bringing up-to-date knowledge and expertise to the course. We also work closely with local competitions, writing groups and writing initiatives. You will also work with a professional writer one-on-one as your manuscript develops with ten allocated hours of supervision. 

The MA in Creative Writing at Bristol is research-rich. Housed in the University's prestigious Department of English, you will be taught by groundbreaking researchers about contemporary critical issues in literature. You will be encouraged to read widely and books will be suggested for you by faculty. At the end of the course, you should be able to speak confidently and intelligently about your work and your reading. 

The MA in Creative Writing at Bristol is accessible. Twilight teaching allows people with working or caring responsibilities to study - as do the part-time options. A strong writing portfolio will allow access without a first degree in a related subject - or indeed without a first degree. Times of classes will be announced well in advance, so that students can accommodate study in their busy lives.

Fees for 2021/22

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2021/22 are as follows:

UK: full-time
£9,100
UK: part-time (two years)
£4,550
Overseas (including EU): full-time
£20,000
Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time
£9,100

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2021/22

Creative Writing is among the subjects eligible for funding from the AHRC South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership. The Faculty of Arts also offers funding opportunities for taught and research programmes.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

For full-time students, in Teaching Block One:

  • Workshop One (20 credits)
  • Critical Issues in Contemporary Literature (20 credits)
  • Exploration for Creative Dissertations (20 credits).

In Teaching Block Two:

  • Workshop Two (20 credits)
  • Issues in Contemporary Publishing or Placement in Contemporary Publishing and Related Industries (20 credits)
  • Planning and Beginning a Creative Dissertation (20 Credits).

This is followed by the Creative Dissertation (60 Credits).

Entry requirements

Places are offered on the basis of a portfolio of writing and interview (which may be by telephone or Skype for international applicants). We are looking for writers with potential to soon begin publishing their work. 

It is helpful, but not essential, for the applicant to have some idea of the project they hope to undertake during the course of the degree.

Evidence of prior study in the area, a long-standing writing practice, workshop experience, and extensive reading can also strengthen the application. However, the most essential element of the application is the writing itself. 

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile A
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement

Careers

Graduates of the MA in Creative Writing often enter portfolio careers, where creative writing becomes only one element of their income. Other elements may include:

  • Teaching
  • Workshop Delivery
  • Proof-reading
  • Editing.

The close-reading skills developed on a master's in Creative Writing can also prepare graduates for careers in publishing. 

Advanced skills in understanding nuance and tone have also helped graduates secure work in business communications, marketing and corporate social media.

How to apply
Application deadline: 31 July 2021 for International applicants. 19 August 2021 for UK and EU applicants. Early applications recommended; places may fill before the deadline. As students from different regions tend to apply at different points in the application period, applications from some regions may close earlier in the year.

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Phone: +44 (0) 117 394 1649 Email: choosebristol-pg@bristol.ac.uk

School website: School of Humanities
Department website: English

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REF 2014 results

  • 20% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 45% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 30% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 5% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

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