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MA in Creative Writing

Brunel University London, United Kingdom

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Next enrollment cycle

September 2022

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Total Course Fee

USD 24,489

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  • 1 Years
  • On Campus
  • Postgraduate
  • Degree
Our Creative Writing MA degree is designed to equip you with a broad range of advanced creative writing skills and academic accreditation for your creative work.
  • Teaching is delivered by some of the most talented and original wordsmiths working today. Between them they have published over 100 books, produced countless scripts for TV, radio and film, and won umpteen awards. The team includes Bernardine Evaristo, 2019 winner of the world’s most prestigious prize for the novel, the Booker Prize, for her Sunday Times No. 1 bestselling novel, Girl, Woman, Other and renowned performance poet, writer and broadcaster Benjamin Zephaniah. As well as the stand-alone ‘general’ programme, there is the more specialised Novel writing pathway.

General:

  • Build an advanced knowledge on the current theory and practice of writing in the community and develop an understanding of the role of the writer in arts initiatives and creative industries.

The Novel: 

  • Gain a deeper insight into the structure of a novel and develop the techniques to critically assess a variety of novel forms and genres at a professional industry level.

Poetry: 

  • Learn how to employ language innovatively to create new poetry and create a sustained body of work that showcases a range of technical approaches.

Screenwriting:

  • Take your ideas from the page to the screen by building an advanced knowledge of the production and reception of different genres of screenwriting.
  • You have the advantage of Brunel’s close location to London, the literary capital of the UK. You’ll benefit from trips to the British Library, Shakespeare’s Globe and West End theatres. You'll also get to hear from guest lectures covering different aspects of creative writing. Industry expert speakers include book publishers, screenwriters, poets and broadcasters.
  • Your writing talent can also be showcased at a variety of performances hosted by Brunel including poetry, plays, comedy and film screenings, literary debates, and the popular Brunel Writers’ Series.
  • Our MA in creative writing can be studied full-time over one year or part-time over two years.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2022

UK entry requirements

  • A 2.2 (or above) UK honours degree in English Literature (including where English Literature is a major in the degree) and Creative writing, or equivalent internationally recognised qualification.
    Or
  • A 2.2 (or above) UK honours degree in any other subject (or equivalent internationally recognised qualification) or other qualification / relevant professional or practical experience. In addition to this, applicants who do not hold a 2.2 degree in English Literature or Creative Writing must also submit a sample of their creative writing. This should be a 2000 to 3000 sample of one of: short stories; a novel-in-progress; poems; film scripts; or articles for newspapers. The writing sample should be relevant to the pathway you are applying for. For example, if you are applying to the Poetry pathway you should submit a college of poems. These should demonstrate appropriate ability and commitment to creative writing and should be submitted with your application.

EU and International entry requirements

  • If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 59 (59 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 63% (min 58% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 92 (min 20 in all)
  • You will study two compulsory pathway-specific modules and two optional modules, plus the dissertation. Your dissertation project involves the production of a substantial and original piece of extended writing.

General Modules:

  • Elements of Fiction
  • Writers at Work

The Novel:

  • Elements of Fiction
  • Planning a Novel

Poetry:

  • Elements of Poetry
  • Towards a Poetry Collection

Screenwriting:

  • Elements of Screenwriting
  • Developing a Screenplay
  • Creative Writing Dissertation

Optional (choose two)-

  • Creativity
  • Reviewing & Criticism
  • Creative Careers
  • Feature Journalism
  • Exploring Human Development
  • This course can be studied 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time, starting in September.
  • UK 
  • £8,485 full-time
  • £4,240 part-time
  • Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase.
  • Fees for EU applicants – For entry in 2021/22 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to support EU students during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course. EU fees for 2022 entry are not yet confirmed.

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