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University of Brighton: Creative Writing

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Creative and Critical Writing MA

Find out how creative and critical writing belong together, and how the development of your own compositional practice (poetry, fiction or creative non-fiction) can be enriched by a wider knowledge of and engagement with critical and philosophical thinking.

Our MA is driven by the sense that creative writing is profoundly enhanced and transformed by a knowledge and appreciation of critical and philosophical texts. This course, the first of its kind in the UK, has been flourishing for some 20 years. It is integrally linked to longstanding intellectual traditions of ‘Sussex English’ in:

  • creative writing
  • psychoanalysis
  • Marxism
  • ecocriticism and environmental writing
  • postcolonialism and neocolonialism
  • deconstruction
  • feminism
  • queer theory.

Our faculty includes critics, poets, novelists and creative non-fiction writers of international standing. Your teaching is underpinned by the interdisciplinary research carried out in the Centre for Creative and Critical Thought .

We understand that deciding where and what to study is a very important decision. We’ll make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described in this prospectus. However, if we need to make material changes, for example due to significant disruption, or in response to COVID-19, we’ll let our students know as soon as possible.

It has sharpened and developed my writing more than I could have anticipated and I have enjoyed every aspect of learning.” Roz De’ath
Creative and Critical Writing MA

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Entry requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please select your country from the list.

Argentina

Licenciado/Titulo with a minimum final mark of at least 6.0-7.0 depending on your university.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Australia

Bachelors degree with a minimum second-class lower division.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Azerbaijan

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4 or 81%

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bahrain

Bachelors degree with a minimum CGPA 2.5/4.0 (Grade C+).

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bangladesh

A 4-year Bachelor degree with GPA of at least 3.2/4.0

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brazil

Bacharel, Licenciado or professional title with a minimum final mark of at least 7.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brunei

Bachelors (Honours) degree with a minimum second class lower division or CGPA 2.7/4.0.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Bachelors degree with a minimum CGPA 3.0/4.0 (grade B).

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Chile

Licenciado with a minimum final mark of at least 4.5-5.0/7 depending on your university.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Bachelors degree with a minimum overall mark of at least 70% – 80% depending on your university. Sussex uses the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities to determine offer levels. See: www.shanghairanking.com/rankings/2021

As evidence of completing your degree you must provide both a Degree Certificate and Graduation Certificate.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Colombia

Licenciado with ‘Acreditacion de alta calidad’ and a minimum CGPA of 3.0.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Bachelors degree or Ptychion with a minimum final mark of at least 6.5.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Denmark

Bachelors degree with a minimum overall mark of at least 7 (Fair Performance).

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ecuador

Licenciado with a minimum final mark of at least 15/20.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Egypt

Bachelors degree from a university with a minimum overall grade of at least 70%.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

France

Licence with mention bien or Maîtrise with a minimum final mark of at least 12.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Germany

Bachelors degree or Magister Artium with a minimum final mark of 2.7 or better.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ghana

Bachelors degree from a public university with a minimum second-class lower division.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Greece

Ptychion from an AEI with a minimum final mark of at least 6.5.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Bachelors (Honours) degree with a minimum second-class lower division.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Bachelors degree with a minimum overall mark of at least 50-65% depending on your university.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Indonesia

Bachelors degree from an ‘A’ accredited university with a minimum CGPA of 2.8/4.0.

Bachelors degree from a ‘B’ accredited university with a minimum CGPA of 3.0/4.0.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bachelors degree (Licence or Karshenasi) with a minimum final mark of at least 14.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Diploma di Laurea with a minimum overall mark of at least 101.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Japan

Bachelors degree with a minimum C/GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Jordan

Bachelors degree with a minimum CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0 or 75%.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kazakhstan

Bachelors degree with a minimum overall mark of 3.75 or better (on a scale of 1-5)/CGPA 2,67.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kenya

Bachelors (Honours) degree with a minimum second-class lower division.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kuwait

Bachelors degree with a minimum CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0 or B.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lebanon

Bachelors degree with a minimum CGPA 3.0/4.0 or 13/20.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malawi

Masters degree, depending on your university.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Bachelors degree with a minimum CGPA of at least 2.7/4.0.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Mexico

Licenciado with a minimum final mark of at least 7/10.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nepal

A 4-year Bachelor degree with GPA of at least 3.0/4.0

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Bachelors degree with a minimum second-class lower division or CGPA of at least 2.5/5.0.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Bachelors degree with a minimum overall grade of C.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bachelors degree with a minimum CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Pakistan

Four-year bachelors degree with a minimum overall grade of 65% or Masters with a minimum 55%.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Palestine

Bachelors degree with a minimum of at least 70% or CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Paraguay

Bachelors with a minimum final mark of at least 7/10.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Licenciado with a minimum final mark of at least 12/20 from a public university or 14/20 from a private university.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Philippines

Masters degree with a minimum of 1.75/5.0 (where 1 is the highest) or 3.5/4.0

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Qatar

Bachelors degree with a minimum overall CPGA of at least 2.8 (on a scale of 4).

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Russia

Bakalavr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Saudi Arabia

Bachelors degree with a minimum CGPA of 3.0/5.0 or 2.8/4.0.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Bachelors (Honours) degree with a minimum second-class lower division or CAP 3.5.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Bachelors (honours) degree with a minimum second-class division 2.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Korea

Bachelors degree with a minimum CGPA of at least 3.0/4.5 or 2.8/4.3 or B.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Licenciado with a minimum final mark of at least 2/4 or 6/10.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sri Lanka

Bachelors Special degree with a minimum lower second honours.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Licence or Diplôme with a minimum 4.5/6 or 7/10.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Taiwan

Bachelors degree with a minimum overall mark of at least 65%-75% depending on your university.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Thailand

Bachelors degree with a minimum CGPA of at least 2.5 -2.8/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Lisans Diplomasi with a minimum CGPA of at least 2.6 – 2.8/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

United Arab Emirates

Bachelors degree with a minimum CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0 or equivalent.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bachelors degree with a minimum CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Vietnam

Bachelors degree (with a Graduate Thesis/research component) with a minimum CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or 7.0/10.

As evidence of completing your degree you must provide both proof of graduation in addition to your transcript.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zambia

Masters degree with GPA of 2.0/2.5 or equivalent.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zimbabwe

Bachelors (Honours) degree with a minimum second-class lower division.

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

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Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

High level (6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component).

Alternative English language qualifications
Proficiency tests
Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill.

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill.

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency

Duolingo English test

115 overall, with no component score below 100.

Pearson (PTE Academic)

62 overall, including at least 59 in all four skills.

TOEFL (iBT)

88 overall, including at least 20 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 23 in Writing.

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications
AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language (Grade 4 or above in GCSE from 2017).

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) – English: 70%

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education

Grades A – C in English language

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 1119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-6 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades A1-C6 (1-6) in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

Country exceptions
Select to see the list of exempt English-speaking countries

If you are a national of one of the countries below, or if you have recently completed a qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree or higher in one of these countries, you will normally meet our English requirement. Note that qualifications obtained by distance learning or awarded by studying outside these countries cannot be accepted for English language purposes.

You will normally be expected to have completed the qualification within two years before starting your course at Sussex. If the qualification was obtained earlier than this, we would expect you to be able to demonstrate that you have maintained a good level of English, for example by living in an English-speaking country or working in an occupation that required you to use English regularly and to a high level.

Please note that this list is determined by the UK’s Home Office, not by the University of Sussex.

List of exempt countries:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada**
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

** Canada: you must be a national of Canada; other nationals not on this list who have a degree from a Canadian institution will not normally be exempt from needing to provide evidence of English.

English language support

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for your degree, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course

Visas and immigration

Admissions information for applicants

You must provide a short (1,500 – 2,000 words) sample of recent, unpublished writing (creative or critical) with your application.

Yes. You must submit a personal statement as part of your application.

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, contact us

For details on any additional costs, check out the Fees and scholarships section.

Application deadlines

1 August 2022 (international), 1 September 2022 (UK)

Modules

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and personal life. Modules for the full-time course are listed below.

For details about the part-time course, contact Professor Nicholas Royle at [email protected]

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

We’ll do our best to provide as much optional choice as we can, but timetabling constraints mean it may not be possible to take some module combinations. The structure of a small number of courses means that the order of modules or the streams you choose may determine whether modules are core or optional. This means that your core modules or options may differ from what’s shown below.

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

Summer teaching
Options

Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests. This list gives you a flavour of our options, which are kept under review and may change, for example in response to student feedback or the latest research.

While it’s our aim for students to take their preferred combinations of options, this can’t be guaranteed and will be subject to timetabling. Options may be grouped and if so, students will be able to choose a set number of options from the selection available in any particular group.

Creative Writing MA (PGCert PGDip)

At Brighton, we encourage writing that helps readers and writers to understand, shape and connect with the world beyond the classroom. Working with professional writers, you will develop your skills to produce and share stories in a variety of genres.

Through creative workshops, you will partner with supportive lecturers and interdisciplinary postgraduate groups to develop advanced theories and practices that relate to the creative writing process. Both people with and without experience of creative writing should consider applying for this course, which aims to prepare you for a career as a freelancer or portfolio worker.

We have fantastic links with local publishers, writers and creative companies and offer a unique salon series where industry experts offer practical advice and insights. In semester two, you will apply your writing and creative practice in a workplace scenario, while being encouraged to work on your own interests and passions.

If you want to share your work, you have the opportunity to do so through our established student-led anthologies and open mic nights, which form part of Brighton’s thriving creative scene.

Why study with us?

Chance to develop as a portfolio writer and creative practitioner – somebody who can apply good writing to real-world scenarios and work to specific briefs

A transformative experience that goes beyond looking to get your first novel published, so you can explore copywriting and publishing while nurturing your passion for storytelling

Guest lectures from publishers and professional writers. Guest writers have included John Mccullough, Eleanor Knight, Errina Mettler, Emma Donoghue and Tanaka Mhishi

Links with local publishers, writers and creative companies, with placements available across Brighton

Theatre visits, open mic nights and exciting events, including a short story slam at Brighton festival

Online journal and in-house creative anthology for you to share your work with other students and the wider community

Our Creative Writing MA will develop your confidence with creative and critical writing and enhance your communication skills, which are highly valued in a range of professions including publishing, teaching, creative industry management, marketing, PR, journalism, health and wellbeing.

The ability to write for an audience is also fundamental for people working with social media and the web, and this course will ensure that you are able to produce writing that will be effective in these and other work-based scenarios.