Application Process and Admissions
School of English
Applications must be made via the University’s online postgraduate application portal which usually opens in October for entry in the following academic year. We recommend applying at least 9 months in advance, but applications may occasionally still be accepted up to 1 June for admission in September. We strongly advise that you prepare all supplementary documents for upload in Word (doc/docx) or PDF format prior to application.
Please see the School’s funding pages for information on available awards, eligibility, deadlines, and separate scholarship application procedures.
To make your application through the taught programmes stream of the online application portal, click ‘Apply Now’ and continue to ‘Online Application’, where you will be asked to select a School and Programme. Choose ‘School of English’ from the dropdown menu, and select ‘MLitt in Creative Writing’. Register and complete the online application.
You must clearly state in your application whether you wish to study Poetry, Prose, or Writing for Performance.
Prospective MLitt students must also complete a Supplementary Application to School of English. Please note that this form takes the place of a personal statement, which is not required.
The critical writing sample you provide should be a piece of distinction-grade writing, ideally recently completed at the Honours level (or equivalent). Your portfolio of original work should exhibit a strong command of your craft as well as nuance and creative potential. Your writing samples should address some theme related to your proposed work.
Your application should be made through the research programmes stream of the online application portal.
You must clearly state in your research proposal document if you are applying for Year 1 or Year 2 entry, and confirm whether you wish to study Poetry, Prose, or Writing for Performance.
The critical writing sample you provide should be a piece of distinction-grade writing, ideally recently completed at the Masters level (or equivalent). Your portfolio of original work should exhibit a strong command of your craft as well as nuance and creative potential. Your writing samples should address some theme related to your proposed work.
Prospective Year 2 Direct Entry MFA students only are strongly encouraged to make contact with an individual supervisor within the School prior to submitting their applications. See People to identify possible mentors for your project. Your research proposal should be original, well thought-out, and fully developed by the time you apply formally. You may find it useful to send a draft version to your prospective supervisor for feedback prior to the formal application.
- Two academic references (directly from referees via the automated system)
- A critical writing sample of approximately 2,000-5,000 words, which should be relevant for the research topic proposed
- A typed portfolio of original verse, prose, or play/screenwriting (approximately 10 poems or around 10-15 pages of prose, or play/screenwriting)
- Certified academic transcripts of study (interim Masters level transcripts are permitted at this stage where final results are not yet known, but please also include your final UG degree transcript)
- MFA research proposal
- MFA Year 1 entrants should merely state the strand and year of the programme that you are applying for, and confirm that your intended project will be relevant for that genre
- MFA Year 2 direct entrants should confirm which strand and year of the programme you are applying for, and also supply a 500-word outline of the proposed creative project;
- Statement of Purpose
- IELTS/CPE/TOEFL certificate (if applicable) with an IELTS 8.0 grade minimum or equivalent
For current application deadlines please see the “Applying for MFA study” here
Visit the postgraduate studies online portal to apply to the MLitt or MFA in Creative Writing.