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Creative Writing (Taught)

Cardiff University
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
20 September 2022

About this program

Creative Writing (Taught)

Designed for improving writers with previous experience of the writer’s craft, this one-year full-time course will extend your knowledge and understanding of the practice of creative writing.

Developing your creative writing abilities and ideas beyond your first degree, you will attend workshops, produce two extended portfolios of creative writing in your chosen genre(s), and attend classes in various topics in creative writing. In addition, you will have the opportunity to gain experience in teaching creative writing, or further your knowledge of other areas of creative practice or English Literature by choosing from a selection of research-led modules taught by specialists in the field.

A series of complementary modules stresses an integrated and cohesive experience of developing your craft and writing skills; at the same time, you will have the opportunity to engage with the writing industry, liaise with creative professionals, and showcase your work.

You will master the ability to independently produce literary works of sophistication and skill, and to participate in writers’ workshops. You will also develop your knowledge and skills in the writing of one or more literary genre(s), the processes of editing and revision, and either the teaching of creative writing, or other areas of creative practice or English Literature.

Admission requirements

Typically, you will need to have either:

  • a 2:1 honours degree
  • or a university-recognised equivalent academic qualification

Applicants are not required to have a degree in a particular subject area; emphasis is placed on the quality of the portfolio of creative writing submitted with the application.

English Language requirements:

IELTS with an overall score of 7.0 with at least 6.5 in all other subskills, or an accepted equivalent.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2022/23 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.

Core modules

  • The Writing Industry: Showcasing Your Work
  • Genre Explorations & Pathways: Prose, Poetry, & Drama
  • Research & Process in Creative Writing
  • Genre Specialisms: Prose, Poetry, & Drama

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.


  • Tuition fees for UK Students: £8,950 per year.
  • Tuition fees for International Students: £19,700 per year.

For more information about tuition fee, please visit the university website.


What skills will I practise and develop?

Many of the skills you will gain through studying this course are transferable, especially in the spheres of teaching and the Creative Industry (e.g. editing, publishing and Arts Administration).

Through engagement with your programme of study, you will have the opportunity to practise and develop a number of skills. You will:

  • Develop oral and presentation skills, and the ability to address an audience
  • Become practised at working to weekly deadlines
  • Hone editing skills and think more analytically
  • Learn to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Take responsibility for your own learning programme and professional development
  • Network informally and formally with writers, publishers and teaching organisations

You will demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and Understanding

  • Awareness of the writing practice and creative process of published writers, past and present
  • Awareness of the subtleties and craft of specific genres
  • Increased awareness of, and skill in handling, voice, narrative point of view, character, setting and plot
  • Understanding of, and ability to discuss, the key components of creative writing pedagogy and practice

Intellectual (analytic and cognitive) skills

  • Ability to select and organise material purposefully
  • Ability to handle complex ideas with clarity in both essay and creative work
  • Ability to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of peer work
  • Ability to reflect on own writing and redraft effectively

Subject specific skills

  • Ability to apply high level critical skills of close analysis to published creative and critical work
  • Ability to apply the same analysis to the student’s own creative text
  • For the essays, ability to sustain a critical argument and use a critical vocabulary and terminology
  • For the essay, awareness of the bibliographic conventions of the discipline and their role in communicating information
  • In all work – especially the creative: responsive to the workings of language, and especially to the nuances and subtleties of meaning

Career paths

Postgraduate study is a gateway to many careers within and beyond academia. Many overseas postgraduates return to lectureships with much enhanced career prospects. Example employers in the UK include Cardiff University, Mencap, Poetry Wales magazine, Teach First, and the Welsh Government, with jobs that include Creative Writing Lecturer, Copyeditor, Copywriter, Librarian, Literary Agent, Literary Editor, Marketing Officer, Novelist, Poet, Publicist, Publisher, Playwright, Recruitment Consultant, Teacher, and Screenwriter, among many others.

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