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Full time | Regent Campus | 1 year | JAN-23

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Creative Writing Letter Writing (Business)

Course type


Course Summary

Course summary

The Professional Writing MA is designed for those who want to turn their love of words and writing into a dynamic and fulfilling career. It will give you the skills, motivation, networks and connections to work across a wide variety of industries – in publishing, journalism, public relations, advertising, as literary agents, copywriters and copyeditors. It will also allow you to explore the history and future of writing and the writing industries from a variety of perspectives, and to develop your own interests and specialisms.

Professional Writing takes a broad, holistic view of writing, because writing is not just about writing. It is about editing, about working with the words of others and with other languages, it is about the reader, it is about the form into which the words are packaged. It is about essays and tweets, novels and headlines, criticism and advertising, prizes and publicity. As a result, the course brings together the combined expertise of English, Creative Writing, Media, Communication, and Film and Cultural Studies to offer a truly interdisciplinary MA.

On the course you'll examine the changing role of professional writing through historical and theoretical debates and examples of contemporary professional practice across languages. From the story of the book to multimedia journalism, your modules will allow you to develop your skills and interests in a range of relevant professional contexts. You'll be taught through seminars, one-to-one and small group tutorials, practical sessions and workshops, together with independent, student-directed study where you'll develop your own project or special topic with the help of an expert mentor. You'll work with academics, practitioners and industry professionals to gain an understanding of vocational issues, practices and concerns, and will build up a network of contacts and connections within your chosen industries.


Graduates will have the knowledge, skills and experience to work in a variety of positions within and beyond the literary and arts sectors, including in publishing, journalism, public relations, advertising, as literary agents, or as copywriters and copyeditors.

You'll graduate from the course ready to enter or re-enter the job market with a wealth of experience and knowledge, equipped to challenge and diversify the literary and creative industries and shape the future of writing.


This module focuses on employability and professional development through a blend of lectures and the management of the student-led magazine, The Wells Street Journal. Being a part of the journal, you?ll be introduced to various departments of magazine publishing: editing, typesetting, design, marketing, finance and many more. This will help you develop critical practical knowledge of the professional world you?ll be graduating into. Lectures will be delivered through a series of seminars and independent work-based learning sessions, where you?ll explore key areas of writing business, how to edit, find a literary agent and use social-media for self-promotion.

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Entry requirements

A minimum of a lower second class honours degree (2:2).  

University information

Situated in the heart of the UK’s capital, the University of Westminster (UoW) has grown from the country’s first polytechnic into one of its best-established further education institutions, and one of its most diverse, with a student body made up of 19,000 people from 165 countries. Many of these are enrolled in a postgraduate qualification, with over 330 different taught qualifications available alongside world-leading research degrees....more