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Post graduate diploma creative writing

Post graduate diploma creative writing

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Creative Writing

Start expanding your powers of expression and enhance your craft as a writer. On this course, you’ll grow as an artist, harnessing your writing, imagining and thinking – in a collaborative and supportive space.

Your time on this course will be a decisive stage in the development of your writing. You’ll start writing immediately. And you’ll share your work with your peer group and tutors. You’ll receive insightful, sometimes challenging, but always supportive feedback on all your work. This will help you progress.

You’ll be taught by a permanent staff of highly acclaimed, successful writers published by leading publishers in the UK, Europe and USA. And you’ll work with our Creative Writing Fellows and visiting lecturers, including Patience Agbabi, Sally Bayley and Steven Hall, as you develop your major project.

You’ll have the opportunity to meet literary agents from top agency Felicity Bryan Associates, and to pitch your work to leading publisher Philip Gwyn Jones.

How to apply

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold a good honours degree (2.1 or above), or equivalent, in an appropriate discipline and must be able to demonstrate ability in creative writing.

A portfolio of recent creative work must be submitted consisting of 2000 words prose, or 5 poems, or a proportionate mixture of the two. Applicants may also be interviewed. If it is some time since you completed your undergraduate education and you do not meet the standard requirement, it may be possible to consider your application based on evidence of other relevant personal and professional experience, the support of your referees and your portfolio of written work.

Please also see the University’s general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should hold one of the following qualifications:

  • British Council (IELTS) Test: band 7 overall with at least 6 in each band
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency: grade C or above
  • NEAB University Test in English for Speakers of Other Languages: Pass
  • JMB Test in English for Overseas Students: grade 1, 2 or 3.
International qualifications and equivalences
English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University’s requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.

Take a Pre-Master’s course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master’s course.

If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Application process

All applications for the MA in Creative Writing must be accompanied by a portfolio of recent creative work.

This must consist of 2000 words prose, or 5 poems, or a proportionate mixture of the two.

Tuition fees

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Tuition fees

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Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year your fees will increase each year.

Financial support and scholarships

There’s International Student Scholarships available for 2022 and other scholarships and funding options for postgraduate international students.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

The published course and module descriptions were accurate when first published and remain the basis of the course, but the University has had to modify some course and module content in response to government restrictions and social distancing requirements. In the event of changes made to the government advice and social distancing rules by national or local government, the University may need to make further alterations to the published course content. Detailed information on the changes will be sent to every student on confirmation in August to ensure you have all the information before you come to Oxford Brookes.

Learning and assessment

On this course, you’ll have the structure and space to express yourself creatively, while developing your voice. You’ll explore different writing styles, and learn how to engage your readers.

You’ll develop your understanding of a range of literary forms and genres. And if your writing ambitions are towards publication, or just becoming a better writer, you’ll be supported and encouraged all the way to achieve your full potential.

You’ll also write, read and critique your work in small, self-directed study groups, where constructively critical practice and discussion will hone your abilities in drafting and editing.

While learning from published and practising creative writers, you’ll study in one of the world’s most literary cities. You can write in the place used as Hogwarts library in the Harry Potter films. Or sit in the very garden where His Dark Materials ends so heartbreakingly, or discover the haunts of Dorothy L Sayers and Tolkien. You’ll also be able enjoy the many live, year-round book events that make Oxford a vibrant literary city for many contemporary writers today.

Study modules

The modules listed below are for the master’s award.

All students take the core compulsory module The Writing Studio. In addition: