We provide intensive critical and creative study in Poetry, Prose, Playwriting and Screenwriting, with emphasis on best practice in recent and contemporary writing, and we encourage the development of students’ original work in prose or verse. You should be adept at academic study as well as your own writing, and you will be mentored by published fiction writers, playwrights, and poets who are familiar with the pressures – and the pleasures – of writing.
The MLitt and MFA postgraduate degree programmes in Creative Writing and Playwriting & Screenwriting are designed to provide intensive critical and creative study in Poetry, Prose, or Playwriting and Screenwriting. Prospective students should apply for only one stream. Assessment is by a combination of critical essays and original writing.
The MLitt is awarded upon successful completion of coursework and submission of a postgraduate dissertation of not more than 15,000 words. The MFA is awarded upon successful completion of coursework (or the equivalent) and defence of a thesis comprising original writing of ‘publishable quality’ of not more than 40,000 words. Genre-dependent length requirements for dissertations and theses are spelled out in individual degree guidelines. Students who complete coursework but who do not submit an original dissertation or thesis may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma.
Successful applicants normally hold a good degree with Honours from a UK university or its equivalent, though we occasionally place applicants demonstrating exceptional talent regardless of formal training.
Follow application guidelines for your particular programme and area of study.