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Full time | Manchester Campus | 1 year | SEP-21

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Creative Writing

Course type


Course Summary


At the heart of the Manchester Writing School are our masters programmes in Creative Writing, available to study on campus in Manchester, and also from anywhere in the world via online distance learning.

On our Master of Arts (MA) Creative Writing programme, you will explore and practise techniques and styles of modern and contemporary writing and apply these through the development of your own creative work. MA students undertake a taught element blending writing workshops with reading units and an elective, and then complete their studies through submission of an extended piece of writing from a proposed full-length book or script.

You will specialise in one of the following routes: Novel (including Short Fiction), Poetry, Writing for Children & Young Adults, Scriptwriting (for stage, screen or radio) or Creative Non-Fiction.

The MA is available to complete in one year full-time or two years part-time. This course is available to study on campus (full-time or part-time) or online (part-time only). The main student intake is in September, but it is also possible to begin studying in January.


Established in 1998, The Manchester Writing School is one of the longest running, largest and most successful literary centres in the UK. More than 95 of the School’s students and graduates have embarked on publishing careers by launching first books, with many more achieving publication in journals and magazines, winning writing awards and prizes, and setting up small presses and anthologies.

We host a vibrant series of city-wide literary events, innovative publishing projects, an international writing competition, ground-breaking outreach activities and the Manchester Children’s Book Festival. We also share the same home as the Manchester Poetry Library, the North West’s first public poetry library. All of this means you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get involved and develop your experience in a number of exciting directions.

You’ll be based in Manchester, a city designated as an international UNESCO City of Literature in recognition of its thriving literary scene. Our strong partnerships with many cultural and arts organisations in the city will open up a world of doors for you, including the Royal Exchange Theatre, the Royal Northern College of Music, the Manchester Literature Festival and the Manchester International Festival.

On completion of this course you may decide to pursue PhD study, or to develop a career in bookselling, agenting, publishing, editing, the media, or in teaching creative writing. Students have access to the Careers and Employability Hub located in the business school, offering a host of information resources, one-to-one careers support and employability events throughout the year. This service is also available for up to three years after you graduate.


You will take two genre-specific Reading units, which look at the forms, themes, styles and techniques used by a range of writers in modern and contemporary literature. Outstanding writing is considered in terms of composition, process and presentation, and its relevance to your own work-in-progress.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

Full-time fee: £1417 per 30 credits per year. The same fee will also be applicable for Channel Island Students.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

Full-time fee: £2750 per 30 credits per year.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants should have an honours degree or a postgraduate diploma or a professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to a UK honours degree. Other qualifications or experience may be acceptable if they demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills to a UK honours degree standard.

University information

Manchester Metropolitan University offers a welcoming, stimulating and supportive environment in which to study for your postgraduate qualification. The award-winning, inspirational campus in the heart of Manchester provides vibrant learning spaces and excellent facilities across modern and historical buildings that reflect their teaching excellence since 1824. More than 6,000 students choose to study for a postgraduate qualification at...more