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MA Creative Writing

University of Portsmouth
3-4 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Portsmouth
English

About this program

MA Creative Writing

If you’re an aspiring writer, there’s no better place to hone your craft than the home of literary greats, Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

On this BA (Hons) Creative Writing degree, you’ll learn to write across various mediums. From stories to scripts and plays to poetry, you’ll develop your writing voice and improve your technique under the guidance of professional novelists, poets and playwrights.

The course develops your talent and prepares you for a career in writing. You’ll learn the skills to succeed in many creative and professional industries, from print and online media to film and television, as well as public relations, advertising and teaching.

Admission requirements

Typical offers

  • A levels – BBC–BCC
  • UCAS points – 104–112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DMM
  • International Baccalaureate – 25

English language requirements

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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


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Program content

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • True Stories
  • Telling Tales
  • Tips, Tricks and Techniques
  • Professional Writing
  • Creative Reviews and Features
  • Writing for the Film and TV Industries

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

  • Creative Writing and Critical Thinking
  • Finding Form - Fiction
  • Finding Form - Nonfiction

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Creative Writing for Comedy
  • Creative Writing for Film
  • Engaged Citizenship Through Interdisciplinary Practice
  • Film, Media and Performance Study Exchange
  • Finding Form - Writing for Performance
  • Investigative Journalism
  • Modern Language (Institution-wide Language Program)
  • Playwriting and Text for Performance
  • Press and Public Relations
  • Professional Experience
  • Specialist Journalism
  • Student Enterprise
  • Transmedia Narratives and Strategies

Placement year (optional)

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions.

Year 3

The core module in this year is:

  • Creative Writing Dissertation

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Cultures of Consumption
  • Fact and Fiction
  • Fan Fiction
  • Global Journalism and Human Rights
  • Media Fan Cultures
  • Representing Science in the Media
  • Researching Animation
  • Studying Comedy
  • Travel Writing
  • Writing and Producing Magazines
  • Writing Project (with Publishing)

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

Duration

  • 3 years full-time
  • 4 years sandwich with work placement
  • 6 years part-time

Tuition

  • For UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250 per year
  • For International students: £15,500 per year

Qualification

On this course, you'll:

  • Get to grips with techniques that writers have used for centuries and study contemporary skills to inspire and entertain your audience through the power of written word
  • Learn from published authors, scriptwriters and media specialists who'll help you bring your ideas to life in creative workshops
  • Share your work with fellow writers who are buzzing with fresh ideas
  • Learn to write across a variety of mediums and genres including magazine articles, television dramas, stage plays, autobiography, travel writing, fan fiction and publicity campaigns
  • Have the chance to publish your work in our annual anthology and course blog
  • Glean tips and tricks from visiting professional writers like Andy McNab, Francesca Beard and Suzi Feay
  • Get the opportunity to shadow theatre professionals and have your work performed on stage thanks to our links with Portsmouth's New Theatre Royal and other local theatres

Continuing studies

You could also go on to postgraduate study or research.

Career paths

You’ll graduate from this Creative Writing degree course with the knowledge, skills and market awareness to succeed wherever your writing takes you, in whatever industry you choose.

What jobs can you do with a Creative Writing degree?

With the ability to take on roles in a variety of professional and creative sectors, previous graduates have gone on to become copywriters, journalists, theatre managers and editorial assistants in areas such as:

  • creative writing (prose, poetry, script)
  • advertising and marketing
  • arts and events management
  • local and community broadcasting
  • teaching

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University of Portsmouth

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Why study at University of Portsmouth

Portsmouth is consistently within the top-ranked institutions in the UK for student satisfaction, which is reflected in the teaching quality, but also the experience that students enjoy with us.

Students can live a few minutes' walk away from their faculty buildings on campus, with only a 5-10 min walk to the seaside.

The cost of living and accommodation in Portsmouth are significantly lower than in the larger cities in the UK, meaning you'll be able to live more comfortably here. The city is so compact that you don't need to take any public transport and most students/lecturers get around by bike.

The city has a population of around 200,000 and over 10% of this is made up of our student population. We have 5,000 students from overseas on campus.

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University of Portsmouth

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PO1 2UP Portsmouth Hampshire
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