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English literature and creative writing ba (ucas qw38).

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22 September 2025

3 years full-time

Qualification

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Warwick Writing Programme

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Find out more about our English Literature and Creative Writing degree at Warwick

Studying English Literature and Creative Writing (BA) at Warwick will transform your understanding of literature, of yourself, and of the world. It will also fully prepare you to thrive in any profession that values intellectual rigour, creativity, and the ability to communicate a message that matters.

General entry requirements

A level typical offer.

AAA or A*AB to include grade A in English Literature or English Language and Literature (combined).

A level contextual offer

We welcome applications from candidates who meet the contextual eligibility criteria and whose predicted grades are close to, or slightly below, the contextual offer level. The typical contextual offer is ABB, including A in English Literature or English Language and Literature (combined). See if you’re eligible.

General GCSE requirements

Unless specified differently above, you will also need a minimum of GCSE grade 4 or C (or an equivalent qualification) in English Language and either Mathematics or a Science subject. Find out more about our entry requirements and the qualifications we accept. We advise that you also check the English Language requirements for your course which may specify a higher GCSE English requirement. Please find the information about this below.

IB typical offer

36 to include 6 at Higher Level in English Literature or combined English Language and Literature.

IB contextual offer

We welcome applications from candidates who meet the contextual eligibility criteria and whose predicted grades are close to, or slightly below, the contextual offer level. The typical contextual offer is 32 including grade 6 in Higher Level English Literature or English Language and Literature (combined). See if you’re eligible.

Other UK qualifications

We welcome applications from students taking BTECs alongside A level English Literature or English Language and Literature (combined).

Scotland Advanced Highers

AA in two Advanced Highers including English, and AAB in three additional Highers subjects.

Welsh Baccalaureate

AAB in three subjects at A level including A in English Literature or English Language and Literature (combined) plus grade C in the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate.

Access to Higher Education Diplomas

We will consider applicants returning to study who are presenting a QAA-recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma on a case-by-case basis.

Typically, we require 45 Credits at Level 3, including Distinction in 33 Level 3 credits and Merit in 12 Level 3 Credits. We may also require subject specific credits or an A level to be studied alongside the Access to Higher Education Diploma to fulfil essential subject requirements.

International qualifications

  • English Language requirements

All applicants have to meet our English Language requirements Link opens in a new window . If you cannot demonstrate that you meet these, you may be invited to take part in our Pre-sessional English course at Warwick Link opens in a new window .

This course requires: Band B

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Frequently asked questions

Contextual data and differential offers.

Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in a Widening Participation programme or who meet the contextual data criteria .

Differential offers will usually be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer.

Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP)

All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only).

Find out more about standard offers and conditions for the IFP .

  • Taking a gap year

We welcome applications for deferred entry.

We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

Course overview

Creative work can happen anywhere, but in our School of Creative Arts, Performance and Visual Cultures you can learn the craft of writing and work with other emerging writers in a place of energy and ideas.

If you intend to pursue a career as an author, or to work in the creative industries or teaching, this practical course will teach you about the creative writing process and help you become a better reader, with a deeper understanding of literary history, literary theory and the past and future of creative writing. You will be taught by practising and award-winning writers, bridging the gap between academic and creative approaches to literature. Our course is number one for creative writing in the UK (The Times Good University Guide 2023) and has 91.7% overall student satisfaction in National Student Survey.

You will undertake real-world writing tasks and will regularly meet, engage with, and learn from industry professionals, including publishers, editors, literary agents, poets, and authors. Our graduates enter the world with advanced communicative, imaginative, and critical abilities, plus practical and vocational literary writing skills including composition, interpretation, and evaluation. In addition, you will develop argument, analysis and speaking skills, and a capacity for independent thought. Many of our graduates have become professional novelists, poets, dramatists, filmmakers, and performers.

Study abroad

As a student on our English degrees, you will have the opportunity to spend your third year at one of our partner institutions in Europe, China, or North America. You will then return to Warwick to complete your fourth and final year of your degree.

You will be able to apply to transfer to the four-year course when you are in your second year at Warwick, subject to availability of places from the University's International Office.

Core modules

In your first year you will gain the foundation you need to become a better reader and writer. In Modes of Writing, we explore writing in different forms, including poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and writing for performance and new media. Through studying Medieval and Early Modern Literature, you will appreciate the context of contemporary beliefs and social developments. Epic into Novel will give you an understanding of some of the great texts of classical and modern times. The Written World will introduce you to some of the ideas and themes in literary theory, with a particular focus on texts that are important to writers.

As a second year you will progress to Composition and Creative Writing, in which you explore and deepen your practice of fiction and non-fiction. You will take an English Literature module focusing on texts from before 1900 , as well as any module from English Literature, Creative Writing, or another University department.

In your final year you will progress to the Personal Writing Project, your opportunity to work one-to-one with a tutor on an extensive piece of writing in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, screenwriting, or a genre of your choice. In addition, you will select a global literature module, as well as any module from English Literature, Creative Writing, or another University department.

Modes of Writing

This is a core module for first-year undergraduates reading for the degree QW38 English Literature and Creative Writing. The module is 100% fully assessed. The module complements The Written World and prepares you for the more specialist writing modules in years two and three such as Composition and Creative Writing, The Practice of Poetry, The Practice of Fiction and The Personal Writing Project. The module also complements other academic optional modules in which writing, imitation, rhetoric or translation may be practised or studied.

Read more about the Modes of Writing module Link opens in a new window , including the methods of teaching and assessment (content applies to 2023/24 year of study).

Medieval and Early Modern Literature

Taking you from the mythical court of King Arthur to the real world of ambition, intrigue, and danger in the courts of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, this module introduces you to early literature in a global context. You will study texts like Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales , Thomas More’s Utopia , Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene , and Shakespeare’s sonnets to explore some of the period’s highest ideals—‘trawthe’ or integrity—as well as some of humanity’s darkest impulses: greed, deception, revenge, and desire.

Read more about the Medieval and Early Modern Literature module Link opens in a new window , including the methods of teaching and assessment (content applies to 2023/24 year of study).

Epic into Novel

Tracking the transition from the epics of the ancient world to their incarnation as texts of modernity, this module introduces you to some of the most influential and formative works of world literature. You will study central texts of the classical world, such as Gilgamesh , Homer’s Iliad, Virgil’s Aeneid, and Catullus; ancient epics from India and Africa; Milton’s Paradise Lost ; as well as responses to ancient epic by Tennyson, Margaret Atwood, Seamus Heaney, and Maria Dahvana Headley. Reading across history and cultures, between languages and genres, you will develop the skills to analyse narrative, character, and style.

Read more about the Epic into Novel module Link opens in a new window , including the methods of teaching and assessment (content applies to 2023/24 year of study).

The Written World

This module will introduce students on the BA in English Literature and Creative Writing to ideas and theories from literary studies, linguistics, critical theory, translation studies and cultural studies that will underpin more specialised scholarly and creative study in the second and third years.

Read more about the The Written World module Link opens in a new window , including the methods of teaching and assessment (content applies to 2023/24 year of study).

Composition and Creative Writing

You will develop your fiction and non-fiction writing through practice of the processes involved, from inception, through drafting and revision, to considerations of audience. You will gain insights into narrative form, including traditional and experimental methods.

Read more about the Composition and Creative Writing module Link opens in a new window , including the methods of teaching and assessment (content applies to 2023/24 year of study).

Personal Writing Project

The Personal Writing Project will see you working closely with a practitioner to advance your technical and critical skills in the development of a portfolio of work focused on a specific genre. You will gain an appreciation of the research and methodology needed for large-scale creative works and in so doing, gain the maturity and confidence to advance your career as a professional writer.

Read more about the Personal Writing Project module , including the methods of teaching and assessment (content applies to 2023/24 year of study).

Optional modules

Optional modules can vary from year to year. Example optional modules may include:

  • The Practice of Poetry
  • The Practice of Fiction
  • Screenwriting
  • Advanced Screenwriting
  • US Writing and Culture 1780-1920
  • Romantic and Victorian Poetry
  • The Seventeenth Century
  • Game Theory: Interactive and Video Game Narratives

Assessment is a combination of creative projects, portfolios, essays, and optional performance. For example, in our Shakespeare and Selected Dramatists of his Time module, student creative work recently included film and radio adaptations, musical compositions, painting, sculpture and photography inspired by Shakespeare's texts.

Practising writers deliver teaching through workshops and seminars. Also, writers and publishers visit and engage with you at our weekly Warwick Thursdays events. Most core modules in your first year are taught through lectures and seminars. In your second and third years, optional modules are normally taught in seminars and workshops.

Working together, we seek to improve our students’ skills and confidence through writing workshops, peer review and live performances. You will be encouraged to attend and participate at spoken word events in the local area.

Class sizes

Targeted teaching with class sizes of 10 - 15 students (on average).

Typical contact hours

Guided learning of typically eight contact hours per week. Seminars are usually 1.5 hours each.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees cover the majority of the costs of your study, including teaching and assessment. Fees are charged at the start of each academic year. If you pay your fees directly to the University, you can choose to pay in instalments.

Home students

Undergraduate fees.

If you are a home student enrolling in 2024, your annual tuition fees will be £9,250 . In the future, these fees might change for new and continuing students.

2+2 course fees

If you are a home student enrolling in 2022 for a 2+2 course through the Centre for Lifelong Learning, your annual tuition fees will be £6,750 . In the future, these fees might change for new and continuing students.

How are fees set?

The British Government sets tuition fee rates.

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Overseas students

If you are an overseas or EU student enrolling in 2024, your annual tuition fees will be as follows:

  • Band 1 – £24,800 per year (classroom-based courses, including Humanities and most Social Science courses)
  • Band 2 – £31,620 per year (laboratory-based courses, plus Maths, Statistics, Theatre and Performance Studies, Economics, and courses provided by Warwick Business School, with exceptions)

Fees for 2025 entry have not been set. We will publish updated information here as soon as it becomes available, so please check back for updates about 2025 fee rates before you apply.

Fee status guidance

We carry out an initial fee status assessment based on the information you provide in your application. Students will be classified as Home or Overseas fee status. Your fee status determines tuition fees, and what financial support and scholarships may be available. If you receive an offer, your fee status will be clearly stated alongside the tuition fee information.

Do you need your fee classification to be reviewed?

If you believe that your fee status has been classified incorrectly, you can complete a fee status assessment questionnaire. Please follow the instructions in your offer information and provide the documents needed to reassess your status.

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Additional course costs

As well as tuition fees and living expenses, some courses may require you to cover the cost of field trips or costs associated with travel abroad.

For departmental specific costs, please see the Modules tab on this web page for the list of core and optional core modules with hyperlinks to our Module Catalogue Link opens in a new window (please visit the Department’s website if the Module Catalogue hyperlinks are not provided).

Associated costs can be found on the Study tab for each module listed in the Module Catalogue (please note most of the module content applies to 2023/24 year of study). Information about module specific costs should be considered in conjunction with the more general costs below:

  • Core text books
  • Printer credits
  • Dissertation binding
  • Robe hire for your degree ceremony

Further information

Find out more about tuition fees from our Student Finance team .

Scholarships and bursaries

Learn about scholarships and bursaries available to undergraduate students.

We offer a number of undergraduate scholarships and bursaries to full-time undergraduate students. These include sporting and musical bursaries, and scholarships offered by commercial organisations.

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International scholarships

If you are an international student, a limited number of scholarships may be available.

Find out more information on our international scholarship pages. Link opens in a new window

You may be eligible for financial help from your own government, from the British Council or from other funding agencies. You can usually request information on scholarships from the Ministry of Education in your home country, or from the local British Council office.

Warwick Undergraduate Global Excellence Scholarship 2023

We believe there should be no barrier to talent. That's why we are committed to offering a scholarship that makes it easier for gifted, ambitious international learners to pursue their academic interests at one of the UK's most prestigious universities. This new scheme will offer international fee-paying students 250 tuition fee discounts ranging from full fees to awards of £13,000 to £2,000 for the full duration of your Undergraduate degree course.

Find out more about the Warwick Undergraduate Global Excellence Scholarship 2023. Link opens in a new window

Part-time fee waiver

Find out more about the Warwick scholarship for part-time students. Link opens in a new window

Warwick Bursary for low income students

We provide extra financial support for qualifying students from lower income families. The Warwick Undergraduate Bursary is an annual award of up to £3,000 per annum. It is intended to help with course-related costs and you do not have to pay it back.

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Sanctuary scholarships for asylum seekers

As part of the 'City of Sanctuary' movement, we are committed to building a culture of hospitality and welcome, especially for those seeking sanctuary from war and persecution. We provide a range of scholarships to enable people seeking sanctuary or asylum to progress to access university education.

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Find out more about Warwick undergraduate bursaries and scholarships.

Eligibility for student loans

Your eligibility for student finance will depend on certain criteria, such as your nationality and residency status, your course, and previous study at higher education level.

Check if you're eligible for student finance .

Home students residing in England

Tuition fee loan.

You can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to cover your tuition fees. It is non-means tested, which means the amount you can receive is not based on your household income. The Loan is paid directly to the University so, if you choose to take the full Tuition Fee Loan, you won’t have to set up any payments.

Maintenance Loan for living costs

You can apply for a Maintenance Loan towards your living costs such as accommodation, food and bills. This loan is means-tested, so the amount you receive is partially based on your household income and whether you choose to live at home or in student accommodation.

Find out more about government student loans for home students residing in England. Link opens in a new window

Home students residing outside of England

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EU students

If you’re starting a course on or after 1 August 2021, you usually must have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme Link opens in a new window to get student finance.

If you are an EU student and eligible for student finance you may be able to get a Tuition Fee Loan to cover your fees. It is non-means tested, which means the amount you may receive is not based on your household income. The Loan is paid directly to the University so, if you choose to take the full Tuition Fee Loan, you won't have to set up any payments.

Help with living costs

For the 2023 academic year, you may be eligible for help with your living costs if both of the following apply:

  • You have lived in the UK for more than 3 years before the first day of the first academic year of your course
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If you are coming to the UK from 1st January 2021, you may need to apply for a visa Link opens in a new window to study here.

Please note: Irish citizens do not need to apply for a visa or to the EU Settlement Scheme.

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Repaying your loans

You will repay your loan or loans gradually once you are working and earning above a certain amount (for students starting their course after 1 August 2023 the repayment threshold is £25,000). Repayments will be taken directly from your salary if you are an employee. If your income falls below the earnings threshold, your repayments will stop until your income goes back up above this figure.

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Your career

Graduates from our course have gone on to work for employers including:

  • Bloomsbury Publishing
  • British Council
  • Cambridge University Press
  • Civil Service
  • The Forward Poetry Foundation
  • Pan Macmillan
  • The Poetry Society
  • Penguin/Random House
  • Royal Opera House
  • The Society of Authors
  • The Sunday Times
  • Teach First

They have pursued roles such as:

  • Authors, writers, dramatists, poets, and translators
  • Journalists, newspaper, and periodical editors
  • Creative directors
  • Arts officers, producers, and directors
  • Musicians and composers
  • Marketing associate professionals
  • Academics and researchers
  • Higher Education administrators

Helping you find the right career

Our staff have excellent links not only with other writers but also with publishing houses, literary journals and agencies, with national and regional organisations such as the Arts Council, PEN, and with other creative writing programmes both in Britain and in the USA. We also run the Young Writer of the Year Award jointly with The Sunday Times and host the prestigious Warwick Prize for Women in Translation.

Our School of Creative Arts, Performance and Visual Cultures also has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant to support you. They offer impartial advice and guidance, together with workshops and events throughout the year. Examples of workshops and events include:

  • Discovering Careers in the Creative Industries
  • Careers in Publishing and Journalism
  • Freelancing
  • Careers in the Public Sector
  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year

Find out more about careers support at Warwick. Link opens in a new window

Welcome to the Warwick Writing Programme, an internationally acclaimed writing programme that attracts writers and literary translators from across the globe. If you join us you will immerse yourself in contemporary and experimental narratives, including screenwriting, literary translation, gaming, spoken word and fieldwork.

We foster and maintain excellent creative industry links and networks to enable our students to achieve their career ambitions. We are title partner for The Sunday Times and University of Warwick Young Writer of the Year Award, whose recent winners have included Raymond Antrobus, Adam Weymouth and Sally Rooney. We are also the home of the Warwick Prize for Women in Translation.

Our teaching staff of novelists, poets, non-fiction writers, screenwriters and literary translators includes Lucy Brydon, A.L. Kennedy, Tim Leach, Nell Stevens, Maureen Freely, Gonzalo C. Garcia, David Morley, Dragan Todorovic and Jodie Kim.

Find out more about us on our website Link opens in a new window

Explore our new Faculty of Arts building

The department recently moved into the brand new £57.5 million Faculty of Arts building.

This means, as an Arts student at Warwick, you’ll find your home amongst brand new teaching, learning and social spaces, including specialist facilities, all designed to support collaborative working and to enable your creativity and innovation to flourish.

The sustainably built, eight-storey building is located next to the newly refurbished Warwick Arts Centre in the heart of the University’s creative and cultural arts quarter.

Explore our new Faculty of Arts building further.

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Life at Warwick

Within a close-knit community of staff and students from all over the world, discover a campus alive with possibilities. A place where all the elements of your student experience come together in one place. Our supportive, energising, welcoming space creates the ideal environment for forging new connections, having fun and finding inspiration.

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  • Clubs and societies
  • Food and drink
  • Sports and Fitness
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Warwick Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is key to helping you settle in quickly.

We have 12 self-catering undergraduate halls of residence on campus.

Our student property management and lettings agency manages more than 8,000 rooms both on and off campus, and provides advice to all full-time undergraduates.

Explore Warwick Accommodation

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You won't be short of ways to spend your time on campus - whether it's visiting Warwick Arts Centre, using our incredible new sports facilities, socialising in our bars, nightclub and cafés, or enjoying an open-air event. Or if you need some peace and quiet, you can explore lakes, woodland and green spaces just a few minutes’ walk from central campus.

Explore our campus

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We have lots of cafés, restaurants and shops on campus. You can enjoy great quality food and drink, with plenty of choice for all tastes and budgets. There is a convenience store on central campus, as well as two supermarkets and a small shopping centre in the nearby Cannon Park Retail Park. Several of them offer delivery services to help you stay stocked up.

And don't miss our regular food market day on the Piazza with tempting, fresh and delicious street food. Soak up the atmosphere and try something new, with mouth-watering food for all tastes.

Explore food and shops

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We currently have more than 300 student-run societies.

So whether you’re into films, martial arts, astronomy, gaming or musical theatre, you can instantly connect with people with similar interests.

Or you could try something new, or even form your own society.

Explore our societies

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Sports and fitness

Staying active at Warwick is no sweat, thanks to our amazing new Sports and Wellness Hub, indoor and outdoor tennis centre, 60 acres of sports pitches, and more than 60 sports clubs.

Whether you want to compete, relax or just have fun, you can achieve your fitness goals.

Explore sports at Warwick

Studying on campus

Our campus is designed to cater for all of your learning needs.

You will benefit from a variety of flexible, well-equipped study spaces and teaching facilities across the University.

  • The Oculus, our outstanding learning hub, houses state-of-the-art lecture theatres and innovative social learning and network areas.
  • The University Library provides access to over one million printed works and tens of thousands of electronic journals
  • Three Learning Grids offering you flexible individual and group study spaces.

Studying at Warwick

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Travel and local area

Our campus is in Coventry, a modern city with high street shops, restaurants, nightclubs and bars sitting alongside medieval monuments. The Warwickshire towns of Leamington Spa and Kenilworth are also nearby.

The University is close to major road, rail and air links. London is just an hour by direct train from Coventry, with Birmingham a 20-minute trip. Birmingham International Airport is nearby (a 20-minute drive).

Travelling from campus

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Wellbeing support and faith provision

Our continuous support network is here to help you adjust to student life and to ensure you can easily access advice on many different issues. These may include managing your finances and workload, and settling into shared accommodation. We also have specialist disability and mental health support teams.

Our Chaplaincy is home to Chaplains from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths. We provide regular services for all Christian denominations and a Shabbat meal every Friday for our Jewish students. There is also an Islamic prayer hall, halal kitchen and ablution facilities.

Student support

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Writing MA The University of Warwick

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  • Sep 30, 2024 Part-time - 2 years
  • Sep 30, 2024 Full-time - 1 years

Key Course Facts

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Course Description

Writing is a profession and a passion; it is also an act of community. Warwick’s MA in Writing introduces you to the real world of writing, surrounded and supported by writing staff and students who share your ambition. It will show you how to make your way in the world as a writer.

The Warwick Writing Programme, founded in 1996, is the largest and most comprehensive of its kind in Europe and was ranked first by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021.

Course overview

Our flexible MA in Writing is open to students from around the world.

Four taught modules (Fiction Workshop 1, Non-Fiction Workshop, or Writing Poetry), plus three other taught modules of your choice.

Across the Autumn and Spring terms, you will take four taught modules (Fiction Workshop 1 or Non-Fiction Workshop plus three other taught modules of your choice). In the summer term, you will work with a supervisor on your Long Project, for which you write a long piece of creative work in any genre that the Programme is able to supervise. This creative piece is accompanied by a shorter critical reflection.

If you study Part Time, you will take either Fiction Workshop 1 or Non-Fiction Workshop in your first Autumn term, and take one optional module in the Spring term. In your second year, you will take two optional modules (one in the Autumn and one in the Spring term) and then do your Long Project in the Summer term.

Warwick Writing Programme

The acclaimed Warwick Writing Programme is the largest and most comprehensive of its kind in Europe. You will be working alongside practising, award-winning novelists, poets and literary translators. Our teaching staff includes: A.L. Kennedy, Tim Leach, Nell Stevens, Maureen Freely (Chair of the International Booker Prize 2019), Gonzalo C. Garcia and David Morley (winner of the Ted Hughes Award 2015). We are closely involved with The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. Each year the winner of the award – which has in the past included Sally Rooney and Raymond Antrobus – spends a period of time as writer-in-residence at Warwick, working with students.

Further information about the MA in Writing is available on the Warwick Writing Programme website.

This information is applicable for 2024 entry. Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply.

Assessment Methods

Entry requirements / admissions, requirements for international students / english requirements.

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

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Minimum requirements

2: 1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject.

In addition to the usual application materials, candidates will be selected on the basis of a personal statement and a portfolio of their written work. The portfolio should be a maximum of 20 pages of poetry or 5,000 words of fiction/non-fiction, or a combination of the two. You must upload this with your online application form.

English language requirements

You can find out more about our English language requirements. This course requires the following:

IELTS overall score of 7.5, minimum component scores of two at 6.5/7.0 and the rest at 7.5 or above.

International qualifications

We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.

Average student cost of living in the UK

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

University Rankings

Positions of the university of warwick in top uk and global rankings., about the university of warwick.

The University of Warwick, often shortened to Warw, is a government funded research university situated on the outer limits of Coventry, England. With an eye on the future, Warw intends to establish itself by 2030 as one of the world’s exceptional universities, helping to transform the region, country and world for collective good by the application of research. The main campus is located between Coventry and Warwickshire on almost three square kilometres of leafy woodland.

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Writing is a profession and a passion; it is also an act of community. Warwick’s MA in Writing introduces you to the real world of writing surrounded and supported by writing staff and students sharing your ambition. It shows you how to make your way in the world as a writer.

We teach in writing workshops seminars and one-to-one supervisions. Most modules are assessed by portfolios of writing in the relevant genre sometimes with an accompanying essay. Space for reading thinking and writing matters almost as much as teaching. Our campus is a good place for writers with a wide range of creative spaces and events open throughout the year.

An annual anthology

Each year the MA group produce an anthology of new writing derived from work done during their time at e latest volume Chimera was launched at an evening of celebratory readings at the Piccadilly branch of Waterstone's in June 2019. You will get the chance to be involved in the production editing writing and promotion of a new anthology seeing your work in print and gaining some invaluable hands-on experience along the way.

A career in writing

Our staff have excellent links not only with other writers but also with publishing houses literary journals and agencies with national and regional organizations such as the Arts Council PEN and the Royal Literary Fund and with other creative writing programmes both in Britain and in the USA.

Many of our alumni have forged highly successful writing careers and picked up major national and international prizes: recent examples include Sophie Mackintosh's novel The Water Cure Katy Whitehead winning the 2017 Fitzcarraldo Essay Prize and Sohini Basak's debut collection We Live in the Newness of Small Differences winning the 2016 Beverly Series.

At Warwick Thursdays our weekly literary and cultural salon you will encounter creative practitioners (typically including writers filmmakers literary translators visual artists) and indsutry guests (typically including publishers agents journalists) gaining an insight into a range of possible careers in the creative industries.

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Why choose this course

Surrey’s MA Creative Writing is about more than just words. It’s a pathway to finding your own unique literary voice.

Drawing on the experience of our published writers and academics, you’ll discuss intriguing literary theories and writing techniques, discover how to find your niche and engage with the publishing world. As part of our School of Literature and Language s, you’ll share ideas within a diverse, creative community and be able to attend a calendar of events that will broaden your thinking and develop your writing skills – this includes the annual Surrey New Writers’ Festival and Morag Morris Poetry Lecture .

As part of our commitment to further enriching our students’ skills in creative writing, we host a Distinguished Writer-in-Residence and a Poet-in-Residence in the School. They run workshops, masterclasses and one-to-one surgeries for our students. On this course, you will have the chance to collaborate with and be inspired by internationally acclaimed figures.

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Whether you are an aspiring writer of prose or poetry or both, our MA in Creative Writing encourages lateral thought and will sharpen your research and writing abilities.

You may join us as a relatively new writer, wanting to experiment with a range of forms and discover your voice and genre. Alternatively, you may arrive with a more advanced project you want to develop further.

Either way, the extensive experience of our published writers and academics will help you hone your technical ability, and deepen your understanding of the cultural, literary and theoretical history of text production.

Please be aware: the course content and modules listed for this course are subject to change for the 2024/25 academic year, whilst we undertake a curriculum design review. Please contact the programme leader if you have any queries about the course.

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The staff are an absolute joy. Knowledgeable, insightful, and always willing to give advice. They are all such a huge part of why I enjoyed this course.

As a Creative Writing MA student, you’ll have use of our Library , open 365 days a year, and our extensive assortment of e-publications, allowing you to access resources 24 hours a day. We also have more than 100 archives and special collections , with previously unseen texts and transcripts available to you.

In addition, you can use our publishing room, podcast room, bookable project spaces, study areas and computer suites.

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.

As a creative writing student, you’ll build a network of industry contacts by working alongside published writers and editors. Our courses are a launch pad for a career in writing, communications, publishing, marketing, advertising, journalism and teaching.

Some of our graduates have gone on to start their careers in the following roles:

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  • Professional writer
  • Technical writer.

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At Surrey we offer the best of both worlds – a friendly campus university, set in beautiful countryside with the convenience and social life of Guildford on your doorstep.

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Full-time students typically take four modules per semester, followed by a dissertation to be completed after the summer, over one calendar year. Part-time students typically take two modules per semester, then complete the dissertation during the summer period in their second year of study.

The compulsory modules (including Research and Writing Skills, 21st Century Literature: Forms, Modes, and Genres, Creative Writing Workshop I & II), run alongside a range of options (which change from year to year and may include Screenwriting, Advanced Children’s Literature, Writing Gaming and Building Stories).

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Modules are subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:

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Optional modules for Year 1 (full-time) - FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

Students choose four of the listed optional modules (two in each semester). They also have four compulsory modules to complete (two in each semester), as well as the compulsory Creative Writing Portfolio module.

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Optional modules for Year 1 (part-time) - FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

Over the course of the two-year Part-Time programme, students choose four of the listed optional modules. By the end of Semester 2, Year 2 students must have completed all four compulsory modules alongside four optional modules. It does not matter which year (or mix of years) the compulsory modules are taken in as long as by the end of Semester 2, Year 2 all four compulsory modules have been completed. Students take the compulsory Creative Writing Portfolio module in year 2.

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Optional modules for Year 2 (part-time) - FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester.

We usually run the English Literature MA and Creative Writing MA modules on Mondays and Tuesdays, but please note that we cannot always guarantee this, and scheduled teaching can potentially take place on any day of the week (Monday – Friday). Please therefore check with academic staff before the beginning of the academic year. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

View our code of practice for the scheduling of teaching and assessment (PDF) .

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.

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Applicants should have a first or 2:1 UK honours degree, or a recognised equivalent international qualification.

We may be able to take relevant work experience into consideration if you don't meet these requirements. If you have at least one year of relevant experience in a full-time graduate-level role (or a minimum of two years’ experience in a relevant graduate-level part-time role) please provide full details of your role and responsibilities in your personal statement and CV when you submit your application.

As part of the application procedure, applicants will be asked to provide a portfolio of creative material (5,000 words prose or equivalent).

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You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have an Australian bachelors degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve one of the following: 

  • Bachelor (Honours) degree (four years) with 2:1 honours (division B / 2). ​
  • Bachelor ordinary degree (three Years) with Distinction (approximately 70%).

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve one of the following:

  • Bachelor (Honours) degree (four years) with 2:2 honours (division B / 2). ​
  • Bachelor ordinary degree (three years) with Credit (approximately 65%).

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 2.0 overall where 1 is the highest.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 3.0 overall where 1 is the highest.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must have completed a Bakalavr/Specialist Diploma with a GPA of 4.3 or 77.5% overall.

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You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have completed a four-year degree from a recognised Bangladesh university.

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You can apply for our undergraduate masters courses if you have a Belgian bachelors degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 14 out of 20 or 70% overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 12 out of 20 or 60% overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a B overall, 65% or GPA 3.5 out of 5.0 at masters degree level.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a C overall, 55% or GPA 2.5 out of 5.0 at masters degree level.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have a Bacharel Licenciatura, Licenciado or professional title from a university in Brazil.

You can apply for our MPhil/PhD courses if you have a masters degree from a university in Brazil.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a minimum GPA of 7.5 out of 10. 

For courses that require a 2:2, you must achieve a minimum GPA of 6.5 out of 10.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a GPA of 8.5 out of 10.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have a bachelors degree at 2:2 or above from Brunei University of Engineering, Business and Computing, Universiti Brunei Darussalam or Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a 2:1 honours degree or GPA 3.2 / 65% from an honours degree. 

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a 2:2 honours degree or GPA 2.7 / 55% from an honours degree.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a first-class honours degree.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have a bachelors degree from a university in Bulgaria.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 5 out of 6.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 4 out of 6.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must have a bachelors degree with either:

  • Grades of 70%, B overall, or a GPA of 3.0/4 where pass mark is 50%
  • Grades of 75%, B overall, or a GPA of 3.0/4 if the pass mark is 60%.

For degrees that require a UK 2:2, you must have either:

  • Bachelor’s degree, where pass mark is 60%, with 70%, GPA 2.5/4, GPA 5.1/9 or C overall
  • Bachelor’s degree, where pass mark is 50%, with 65%, GPA 2.5/4, GPA 5.1/9 or C overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, the grade requirement depends on the institution you have studied at in China. Our usual requirement is between 70% and 75% overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve between 65% and 70% overall, depending on the institution at which you have studied.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA or 4.0 out of 5.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA 3.0 out of 5.0.

You can apply for our MPhil/PhD courses if you have a masters degree.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have a bachelors degree from a university in the Czech Republic.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve either a GPA of 1.5, a B, velmi dobře ‘very good’ (post-2004) or 2.0, dobře ‘pass’ (pre-2004) in your bachelors degree.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve either a GPA of 2.0, a C, dobře ‘good’ (post-2004) or 3.0, dobře ‘pass’ (pre-2004) in your bachelor degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 10.0 out of 12.0 in Bachelors degree / Candidatus Philophiae / Diplomingenior / Professionsbachelor.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 7.0 out of 12.0 in Bachelors degree / Candidatus Philophiae / Diplomingenior / Professionsbachelor.

For courses that require a UK 2:1, you must complete one of the following:

  • A bachelors degree from a recognised institution with 75% or GPA 3.0 overall
  • A bachelors degree from the American University of Cairo with 3.0 GPA or a B overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must complete one of the following:

  • A bachelors degree from a recognised institution with 70% or GPA 2.8 overall
  • A bachelors degree from the American University of Cairo with 2.7 GPA or a C overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve either a GPA of 4.0, 81% or a B overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve either a GPA of 3.0, 71% or a C overall.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have a Kandidaatti.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 4.0 out of 5.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 3.0 out of 5.0.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have a French Bachelors degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 12.0 out of 20.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 11 out of 20.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have a German bachelors degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 2.5, where 1 is the highest.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 3.0, where 1 is the highest.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 3.25 or a 2:1 honours degree.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 2.5 or a 2:2 honours degree.

If you are applying for a masters degree, it is compulsory to seek the support of our appointed in-country agent, at no extra cost, who receive extensive training from Surrey to support you with the application and visa process. Further details and contact information available .

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a bachelors degree with an overall score of 7.0 out of 10 from a university recognised by NARIC/Eccits.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a bachelors degree with an overall score of 6.5 out of 10 from a university recognised by NARIC/Eccits.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a 2:1 honours degree.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a 2:2.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a Egyetemi Oklevél (university diploma) with a GPA of 4.0 out of 5.0. Or a Főiskolai Oklevél (college diploma) with a GPA of 4.51 out 5.0. Or Alapfokozat with 4.0 out of 5.0 overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a Egyetemi Oklevél (university diploma) with a GPA of 3.51 out of 5.0. Or a Főiskolai Oklevél (college diploma) with a GPA of 4.0 out 5.0. Or Alapfokozat with 3.51 out of 5.0 overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve at least an overall average of 60% or 65% in your undergraduate study depending on the institution you have completed your degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve at least an overall average of 55% or 60% in your undergraduate study depending on the institution you have completed your degree.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve at least an overall average of 65% or 70% in your undergraduate study depending on the institution you have completed your degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a Sarjana 1/Diploma IV with a 3.0-3.5 GPA, depending on the BAN-PT accreditation status of your institution of study.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a Sarjana 1/Diploma IV with a 2.8-3.3 GPA, depending on the BAN-PT accreditation status of your institution of study.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a Sarjana 1/Diploma IV with at least a 3.5 GPA overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 15.0 out of 20.0 overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 12.0 out of 20.0 overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a bachelors degree (four years) with 75% overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a bachelors degree (four years) with 70% overall.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree, you must achieve a bachelors degree (four years) with 80% overall.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have an Irish bachelors degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a 2:1 honours degree.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a 2:2 honours degree.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have an Italian bachelors degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve the Licenza di Accademia di Belle Arti certificate or Diploma di Laurea with an average minimum mark of 90 out of 110 overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve the Licenza di Accademia di Belle Arti certificate or Diploma di Laurea with an average minimum mark of 80 out of 110 overall.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have a Japanese bachelors degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a minimum of 76% or a B+ overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a minimum score of 70% or a B overall.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a minimum score of 82% or an A overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a bachelors degree with 76% overall or a GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a bachelors degree with 68% overall or a GPA of 2.6 out of 4.0.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a bachelors degree with 84% overall or a GPA of 4.0 out of 4.0.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 4.25/5.0, 3.7/4.33 or 3.4/4.0 overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 4.0/5.0, 3.4/4.33 or 3.0/4.0 overall.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a GPA of 4.5/5.0, 4.0/4.33 or 3.8/4.0 overall. The grade requirement depends on the institution at which you have studied.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a 2:1 honours degree or a B overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a 2:2 honours degree or a C overall.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a first-class honours degree or an A overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a bachelors degree with 3.33/4.0 overall or a masters degree with 3.0/4.0 overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a bachelors degree with 2.6/4.0 overall.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree, you must achieve either a bachelors or a masters degree with 4.0/4.0 overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 6.0 out of 8.0, 8.0 out of 10 or a B overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 5.0 out of 8.0 or 6.0 out of 10 overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a B overall, a score of 12 out of 20 overall in either a Bachelor Degree, Licence or Maîtrise.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a C overall, or a score of 11 out of 20,in either a Bachelor Degree, Licence or Maîtrise.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 8.0 out of 10.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 7.0 out of 10.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree, you must achieve a GPA of 9.0 out of 10.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 16 out of  20.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 14 out of 20.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a GPA of 18 out of 20.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 3.0/4.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 2.67/4.0.

2:1 - Bachelor's degree (honours) with 70% overall (second class, upper division). Bachelor's degree (general) with 90% overall.  

2:2 - Bachelor's degree (honours) with 55% overall (second class, lower division). Bachelor's degree (general) with 80% overall.  

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a 2:2 honours degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 8.0 out of 10, or 16 out of 20.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 7.0 out of 10, or 14 out of 20.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have a bachelors degree, HBO certificate or doctoral certificate from a university in the Netherlands.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 7.0 out of 10.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 6.0 out of 10.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a B+ overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a B- overall.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve an A- overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 3.2/4.0 from the AUN or 3.3/5.0 from other universities.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 2.7/4.0 from the AUN or 2.8/5.0 from other universities. If you have relevant work experience, you may be considered with a GPA of 2.4/5.0.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 2.5, where 1.0 is the highest, or a B overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 3.25, where 1.0 is the highest, or a C overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 3.0 or 3.2 out of 4.0, depending on the institution at which you studied.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 2.7 or 2.9 out of 4.0, depending on the institution at which you studied.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a GPA of 3.3 or 3.5 out of 4.0, depending on the institution at which you studied.

To enrol on a masters course at Surrey, you will need the equivalent of a 2:1 or 2:2 degree from a recognised university. If you would like advice on the requirements from the country in which you are studying, please email  [email protected] .

To enrol on a masters course at Surrey, you will need the equivalent of a 2:1 or 2:2 degree from a recognised university.

If you would like further information on the requirements from the country in which you are studying, please email  [email protected] .

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a bachelors degree with a GPA of 2.6 or 2.8 out of 4.0 (65 or 70%), depending on the institution at which you studied. If you have studied a two or three-year bachelors degree plus a masters degree, you must achieve a GPA of 2.8 or 3.0 out of 4.0 (70% or 75%), depending on the institution at which you studied.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a bachelors degree with a GPA of 2.4 or 2.6 out of 4.0 (60% or 65%), depending on the institution at which you studied. If you have studied a two or three-year bachelors degree plus a masters degree, you must achieve a GPA of 2.6 or 2.8 out of 4.0 (65% or 70%), depending on the institution at which you studied.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree, you must achieve a bachelors degree with a GPA of 2.8 or 3.0 out of 4.0 (70% or 80%), depending on the institution at which you studied. If you have studied a two or three-year bachelors degree plus a masters degree, you must achieve a GPA of 3.0 or 3.2 out of 4.0 (75% or 80%), depending on the institution at which you studied.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have a Polish bachelors degree or above.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1: 

Bachelors degree  

Any of the following with 4+ (4.5) / B overall (dobry plus / fairly good).  

Dyplom Tytuł Licencjat (bachelors degree, started after 2006)  

Dyplom Tytuł Inżynier (bachelors degree, started after 2006)  

Masters degree  

4 (4.0) / C overall (dobry / good).  

Dyplom Tytuł Magister (masters degree) If awarded from 2001.  

For courses that require a UK 2:2:

Any of the following with 4 (4.0) / C overall (dobry / good).  

3+ (3.5) / D overall (Satisfactory).  

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must have achieved the Portugal Licenciado/Diploma de Estudos Superiores Especializados (DESE) with a GPA of 16.0 out of 20.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must have achieved Portugal Licenciado/Diploma de Estudos Superiores Especializados (DESE) with a GPA of 14.0 out of 20.0.

For courses that require a UK first, you must have achieved Portugal Licenciado/Diploma de Estudos Superiores Especializados (DESE) with a GPA of 18.0 out of 20.0.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 2.8 out of 4.0.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve an overall GPA of 3.2 out of 4.0.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must have achieved the Diploma de Licenta with a GPA of 8.0 overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must have achieved the Diploma de Licenta with a GPA of 7.0 overall.

For postgraduate taught courses, a Specialist Diploma and Baklavar will all be considered as suitable qualifications for entry depending on grades and subjects studied.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 4.1 our of 5.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 3.9 out of 5.0.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve 75% overall or a GPA of 3.5/5.0 or 3.0/4.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve 65% overall, or a GPA of either 3.25 out of 5.0 or 2.6 out of 4.0.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve 80% overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 3.0/4.0 or 3.8/5.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 2.75/4.0 or 3.4/5.0.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 1.5, grade B or 'very good' overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 2.0, grade C or 'good' overall.

The following qualifications are accepted as equivalent to a UK bachelors degree:

  • Diploma o pridobljeni univerzitetni izobrazi
  • Univerzitetni diplomant
  • Diplomirani.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must have achieved any of the above qualifications, with a score of 8.5.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must have achieved any of the above qualifications, with a score of 7.0.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve 70% overall or a 2:1 honours degree.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve 60% overall or a 2:2 honours degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a Haksa GPA of 3.2/4.3 or 3.4/4.5 overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a Haksa GPA of 2.8/4.3 or 3.0/4.5 overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 7.0 out of 10.0 or 2.0 out of 4.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 6.0 out of 10.0.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must have achieved 80% from a three-year bachelors degree or 60% from a four-year special bachelors degree or a five-year professional degree.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must have achieved 70% from a three-year bachelors degree or 55% from a four-year special bachelors degree or a five-year professional degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must have achieved a majority of VG / AB / B / Vall Godkand.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must have achieved a majority of G / BA / C / Godkand.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of between 7.0 and 8.0 out of 10.0, 2.2 out of 5.0, or 5.0 out of 6.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of between 6.0 and 7.0 out of 10.0, or 4.5 out of 6.0.

For courses that require a UK first, you must achieve a GPA of between 8.0 and 9.0 out of 10.0, 2.7 out of 5.0, or 5.5 out of 6.0.

Our grade requirements for postgraduate courses vary depending on the institution at which you have studied:

  • For postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, our minimum grade requirement is 73%, 78% or 88%
  • For courses that require a UK 2:2, our minimum grade requirement is 68%, 73% or 83%
  • For courses that require a UK first, our minimum grade requirement is 78%, 83% or 93%.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a 2:1 honours degree.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a 2:2 honours degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 2.8 or 3.0 out of 4.0, depending on the institution at which you studied.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 2.6 or 2.8 out of 4.0, depending on the institution at which you studied.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a GPA of 3.2 out of 4.0.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of between 2.8 and 3.0 out of 4.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of between 2.6 and 2.8 out of 4.0.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 4.0 or a 2:1 honours degree.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 3.0 or a 2:2 honours degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you will need to have completed one of the following:

  • Dyplom Bakalavr (after 2007) with 80% overall
  • Specialist Diploma (five years) with a GPA of 4.3 out of 5.0
  • Dyplom Magistra (before 2006) with a GPA of 4.3 out of 5.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you will need to have completed one of the following:

  • Dyplom Bakalavr (after 2007) with 70% overall
  • Specialist Diploma (five years) with a GPA of 4.0 out of 5.0
  • Dyplom Magistra (before 2006) with a GPA of 4.0 out of 5.0.

For courses that require a UK first, you will need to have completed one of the following:

  • Dyplom Bakalavr (after 2007) with 90% overall
  • Specialist Diploma (five years) with a GPA of 4.6 out of 5.0
  • Dyplom Magistra (before 2006) with a GPA of 4.6 out of 5.0.

Please note that Dyplom Bakalavr (before 2007) is not suitable for entry.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0, or 80% overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 2.5 out of 4.0, or 75% overall.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a GPA of 3.5 out of 4.0 overall, or 85% overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 3.2 out of 4.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 2.8 out of 4.0.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 7.0 or 7.5 out of 10.0 overall, depending on the institution at which you studied.

For courses that require a 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 6.5 or 7.0 out of 10.0 overall, depending on the institution at which you studied.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a GPA of 7.5 or 8.0 out of 10.0 overall, depending on the institution at which you studied.

For direct entry these range from a 2:1 to a 2:2 UK honours degree. Our Pre-Masters programme offers another route into Surrey for specific programmes.

  • For courses that require a 2:1 you would need 12/20 in a relevant bachelors degree.
  • For courses that require a 2:2 you would need 11/20 in a relevant bachelors degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a 2:1 honours (second class, upper division) Bachelor’s degree from a recognised institution.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a 2:2 honours (second class, lower division) Bachelor’s degree from a recognised institution.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you would need 12/20 in a relevant bachelors degree.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you would need 11/20 in a relevant bachelors degree.

Czech Republic

Hong kong sar, international students in the united kingdom, netherlands, new zealand, other african countries, other east asian countries, other european countries, other middle eastern countries, other south american countries, other south asian countries, other south east asian countries, saudi arabia, south africa, south korea, switzerland, united arab emirates, united states of america, english language requirements.

IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall, 7.0 in writing, 6.0 in each other component (or equivalent).

These are the English language qualifications and levels that we can accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses , designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Selection process

Applicants will be asked to submit a piece of written prose in support of their application.

Recognition of prior learning

We recognise that many students enter their course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of ways.

If this applies to you, the recognition of prior learning process may mean you can join a course without the formal entry requirements, or at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience.

There are restrictions for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. Please contact the Admissions team with any queries.

Fees per year

Full-time - 1 year

Part-time - 2 years

  • If you are on the two-year part-time masters programme, the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the programme
  • These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2024-25 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually
  • Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements.

View the list of fees for all postgraduate taught courses.

Payment schedule

  • Students with Tuition Fee Loan: the Student Loans Company pay fees in line with their schedule (students on an unstructured self-paced part-time course are not eligible for a Tuition Fee Loan).
  • Students without a Tuition Fee Loan: pay their fees either in full at the beginning of the programme or in two instalments as follows:
  • 50% payable 10 days after the invoice date (expected to be early October of each academic year)
  • 50% in January of the same academic year.
  • Students on part-time programmes where fees are paid on a modular basis: cannot pay fees by instalment.
  • Sponsored students: must provide us with valid sponsorship information that covers the period of study.

The exact date(s) will be on invoices. 

You may be able to borrow money to help pay your tuition fees and support you with your living costs. Find out more about postgraduate student finance .

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MA Creative Writing

The MA in Creative Writing at Bristol is designed for writers who would like to begin publishing their work. In warm, supportive workshops, you will be helped to improve your writing and in lectures and seminars you will increase your understanding of the industrial and critical contexts of contemporary literature.

You will be taught industry-focused content by experienced published writers. A special unit will introduce you to issues in contemporary publishing. Guest writers and experts from industry will speak, bringing up-to-date knowledge and expertise to the course. We also work closely with local writing groups and writing initiatives. You will work with a professional writer one-on-one as your manuscript develops.

Welcomed into the University's prestigious Department of English , you will be taught by groundbreaking researchers about contemporary critical issues in literature. You will be encouraged to read widely and books will be suggested for you by faculty. At the end of the course, you should be able to speak confidently and intelligently about your work and your reading.

Twilight teaching allows people with working or caring responsibilities to study - as do the part-time options. A strong writing portfolio will allow access without a first degree in a related subject - or indeed without a first degree. Times of classes will be announced well in advance, so that students can accommodate study in their busy lives.

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Programme structure

For full-time students, in the first term:

  • Workshop One (20 credits)
  • Critical Issues in Contemporary Literature (20 credits)
  • Exploration for Creative Dissertations (20 credits).

In the second term:

  • Workshop Two (20 credits)
  • Critical Issues in Contemporary Publishing (20 credits)
  • Planning a Creative Dissertation (20 Credits).

This is followed by the Creative Dissertation (60 Credits) over the summer period.

Two years part-time study requires attendance at one seminar in the first teaching block (TB1) and one seminar in the second teaching block (TB2). In the second year, the two years part-time study option requires attendance at one seminar in TB1, one seminar in TB2, and tutorials over the summer period.

Three years part-time study requires attendance at one seminar in TB1 and one seminar in TB2 in the first year. In the second year, it again requires attendance at one seminar in TB1 and one seminar in TB2. The third year of study requires the student to attend tutorials only.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MA Creative Writing.

World-leading research

The University of Bristol is ranked fifth for research in the UK ( Times Higher Education ).

94% of our research assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Entry requirements

Places are offered on the basis of a portfolio of writing. We are looking for writers with potential to soon begin publishing their work. It is helpful, but not essential, for the applicant to have some idea of the project they hope to undertake during the course of the degree. Evidence of prior study in the area, a long-standing writing practice, workshop experience, and extensive reading can also strengthen the application. However, the most essential element of the application is the writing itself. We are currently only accepting submissions for fiction, creative non fiction (for example, memoir) and poetry. The portfolio should be no longer than 20 pages of fiction or creative non-fiction (double spaced, 12-point font) or 8-10 pages of poetry.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

If English is not your first language, you will need to reach the requirements outlined in our  profile level A.

Further information about  English language requirements and profile levels .

Fees and funding

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to an 8% increase in fees each year.

More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support .

Alumni discount

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a 25% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study.  Check your eligibility for an alumni discount.

Funding for 2024/25

MyWorld Scholarships: UK offer holders for this programme may be eligible for a scholarship of up to £5,000 towards their tuition fees. Information about eligibility and the application process can be found on the MyWorld website . 

Creative Writing is among the subjects eligible for funding from the Postgraduate Master's Loan . The Faculty of Arts also offers funding opportunities for taught and research programmes.

International students are encouraged to apply for the Think Big Postgraduate Scholarship .

Further information on funding for prospective UK and international postgraduate students.

Career prospects

Graduates of the MA in Creative Writing often enter portfolio careers, where creative writing becomes only one element of their income. Other elements may include:

  • workshop delivery
  • proofreading

The close-reading skills developed on a master's in Creative Writing can also prepare graduates for careers in publishing. Advanced skills in understanding nuance and tone have helped graduates secure work in business communications, marketing and corporate social media.

How to apply

Apply via our online application system. For further information, please see the guidance for how to apply on our webpages.

Overseas applicants: 24 July 2024. Home applicants: 9 August 2024.

Please note that due to high demand, some programmes may close earlier than advertised. Early applications are advised to avoid disappointment. Places are limited and allocated on a continuous basis from September 2023 until all places are filled.

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