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Professional Writing MA

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Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

SEP

Key information
DATA SOURCE : IDP Connect

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Writing (Authorship)

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Develop the skills to forge a successful career in business, publishing, media communications and the arts. You’ll learn to write fiction, magazine features and marketing copy for a range of competitive and fast-moving industries.

Introduction

Immerse yourself in the literary world as part of a lively community of fellow writers and visiting speakers. Learning from working industry professionals, you’ll develop skills like genre writing, narrative structure, research and self-promotion. You’ll also learn to create compelling narratives and voices, then apply these techniques to your specialism. Graduating with a portfolio and an accomplished working style, you’ll emerge primed to tackle the industry head-on.

What our graduates do

Our graduates have become published authors, and taken on roles like deputy editor, full-time playwright, psychologist, feature writer and entertainment journalist.

What you'll learn

On top of their regular learning, our students have placed work in local and national publications, and secured placements and ongoing work with leading publishers, media organisations, copywriting agencies, magazines and newspapers.

How you'll learn

This 45-week course covers 3 study blocks and brings together seminars, lectures, real-world briefs, practical workshops and your own self-managed work. You'll work individually and in teams - collaborating with other media professionals, developing your own projects and business ideas, and giving and receiving feedback.

Assessment methods

  • Formal assessment and feedback at the end of each module.
  • Final assessment is largely based on your extended creative project, which is accompanied by a contextual essay.

Students will also achieve PgCert and PgDip exit awards during this course.

Modules

Professional Contexts
Scriptwriting
Novel
Business & Editorial Writing
Non-Fiction
Inhabiting Narrative: Character, World and Genre
Story, Structure and Form
Professional Contexts
Scriptwriting
Novel
Business & Editorial Writing
Non-Fiction
Inhabiting Narrative: Character, World and Genre
Story, Structure and Form
Independent Project & Contextual Essay

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)

£8,500

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (per year)

£16,950

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from those with relevant equivalent Level 6 qualifications. Our typical applicants hold an undergraduate degree of 2:2 or above, or equivalent experience and a demonstrable interest in the subject. We’ll also welcome your application if you have formal or 'certified' learning (such as training courses not run by universities or colleges) and learning from work experience or self-study. This is called Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL), and should have been gained within the last five years, and be equivalent to the learning outcomes of our minimum entry qualifications.