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Professional Writing with Extended Work Placement MA

Professional Writing with Extended Work Placement MA

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Full time


2 years

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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 with Extended Work Placement 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.

The course 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.


This course is intended to move you to a new level in your career as a writer. You’ll be taking an Extended Work Placement module, where you’ll do a placement or internship of a minimum 550 hours in a professional work environment of your choice. It will help you develop sophisticated critical, creative and professional skills, much sought-after in the highly competitive world after graduation.

You’ll be encouraged to network with your tutors, course mates, other writers and identify useful opportunities for career development, through seminars, workshops, tutorials and group discussions. The critical and practical skills you’ll acquire by the end of the course will make you a strong candidate in areas like copy editing, copy writing, freelance writing, journalism, publishing, public relations, advertising, literary agencies and many more.


The Independent Project is an extended piece of practice-based research work. It is designed as an opportunity for you to pursue, with supervision, a topic of personal interest in the broad field of professional writing. The project will have a practical and/or professional focus, for example, the creation of a written artefact with a short accompanying essay or a business proposal for a publishing venture.

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Entry requirements

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

University information

The University of Westminster (UoW) is a truly global university, having one of the most diverse student bodies in all of the UK; of the 19,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students enrolled, over 160 different countries are represented. And it’s no surprise, since this is a university where students can achieve anything they want to. There is no set template for learning – postgraduate students are able to forge their own path, learn in an...more

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