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.
The MA in Creative Writing at Bristol is industry-focused. You will be taught 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 competitions, writing groups and writing initiatives. You will also work with a professional writer one-on-one as your manuscript develops with ten allocated hours of supervision.
The MA in Creative Writing at Bristol is research-rich. Housed in 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.
The MA in Creative Writing at Bristol is accessible. 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.
Fees for 2022/23
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2022/23 are as follows:
UK: full-time £9,600 UK: part-time (two years) £4,800 UK: part-time (three years) £3,200 Overseas: full-time £21,000
Following the recent changes to fee assessment regulation, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students will no longer be charged a separate tuition fee. From the 2021/22 academic year they will be charged the same fees as Home students.
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.
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 2022/23
Creative Writing is among the subjects eligible for funding from the Postgraduate Masters 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 Programme and to look early for other funding available to students of their nationality/residence. These include British Council funding and Chevening Scholarships.
Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.
For full-time students, in Teaching Block One:
- Workshop One (20 credits)
- Critical Issues in Contemporary Literature (20 credits)
- Exploration for Creative Dissertations (20 credits).
In Teaching Block Two:
- Workshop Two (20 credits)
- Issues in Contemporary Publishing or Placement in Contemporary Publishing and Related Industries (20 credits) *placement may not run all years
- Planning and Beginning a Creative Dissertation (20 Credits).
This is followed by the Creative Dissertation (60 Credits).
Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the programme.
Places are offered on the basis of a portfolio of writing and interview (which may be by telephone or Skype for international applicants). 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.
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
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
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 also helped graduates secure work in business communications, marketing and corporate social media.
Expected application closure date
Places are limited and allocated on a continuous basis from October 2021 until all places are filled. Early applications are advised to avoid disappointment.
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I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It’s reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject – their passion becomes contagious.
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REF 2014 results
- 20% of research is world-leading (4 star)
- 45% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
- 30% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
- 5% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)
Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.
MA Creative Writing / Overview
We understand that prospective students and offer-holders may have concerns about the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The University is following the advice from Universities UK, Public Health England and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
We normally expect students to have a First or Upper Second class honours degree or its overseas equivalent in a humanities-based subject area.
Number of places/applicants
Please note that we receive a large amount of applications for this course each year. You are advised to apply early in order to avoid disappointment. The deadline for applications is 5 August, 2022.
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- Engage with writers, editors and agents.
- Become part of a network of esteemed alumni .
- Learn from a distinguished team that includes novelists Jeanette Winterson CBE, Ian McGuire, Kamila Shamsie, Beth Underdown, Honor Gavin and Luke Brown; poets John McAuliffe, Frances Leviston, Vona Groarke and Michael Schmidt; and non-fiction writers Ellah Wakatama and Horatio Clare.
- Discover the rich literary fabric of Manchester, a UNESCO City of Literature, through Literature Live, Manchester Literature Festival, The Manchester Review, the International Anthony Burgess Foundation and Manchester-based publishers.
For entry in the academic year beginning September 2022, the tuition fees are as follows:
- MA (full-time)
UK students (per annum): £10,500
International, including EU, students (per annum): £21,000
- MA (part-time)
UK students (per annum): £5,250
International, including EU, students (per annum): £10,500
Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.
The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.
All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.
Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.
Policy on additional costs
All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University’s Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).
Each year the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures offer a number of School awards and Subject-specific bursaries (the values of which are usually set at Home/EU fees level), open to both Home/EU and international students. The deadline for these is early February each year. Details of all funding opportunities, including deadlines, eligibility and how to apply, can be found on the School’s funding page where you can also find details of the Government Postgraduate Loan Scheme.
See also the University’s postgraduate funding database to see if you are eligible for any other funding opportunities.
For University of Manchester graduates, the Manchester Alumni Bursary offers a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees to University of Manchester alumni who achieved a 1st within the last three years and are progressing to a postgraduate taught masters course.
The Manchester Master’s Bursary is a University-wide scheme that offers 100 bursaries worth £3,000 in funding for students from underrepresented groups.