Top 10 Creative Writing Masters Degree Courses In The UK & Europe

Creative Writing is a popular postgraduate subject and oversubscription is common.

Some of these courses are on a full-time, part-time or distance learning basis – and as you are no doubt aware each different mode of learning will have different demands on you.

Here is a countdown of 10 of the best masters degrees in Creative Writing in the UK and Europe*.

 

MA in Creative Writing – University of Manchester

Duration: 12 Months

Cost: £9,000 (UK or EU Students) / £17,000 (International Students)

What You Will Study: 
The course focuses on poetry and fiction. Students concentrate on contemporary fiction and contemporary poetry during the first semester. It is optional to study further units on research skills and the modern literary archive at the University library. During the second semester students, focus on the skills of creative writing with tutorial sessions and lectures from published writers.

MA in Creative Writing – University of Birmingham

Duration: 1 Year Full Time or 2 Years Part Time

Cost: £7,290 (UK or EU Students) / £15,660 (International Students)

What You Will Study: 
There are five core modules covering creative writing and research skills, poetry, intertextuality and the editing process. In addition to this students can study another module from the English and Film Studies courses or any other subject.

MA Creative Writing – Newcastle University

Duration: 12 Months

Cost: £6,000 (UK or EU Students) / £13,980 (International Students)

What You Will Study: 
There is a range of modules on offer at Newcastle University. The compulsory modules are about the profession and craft of creative writing, reading as a writer and a module on your portfolio of work. Other modules include prose, poetry, scriptwriting, creative non-fiction, ghost stories and writing for children and young adults.

MA in Creative Writing – Lancaster University

Duration: 1 Year Full Time (campus based) or 2 Years Part Time (by distance learning)

Cost: £7,290 (UK or EU Students) / £15,660 (International Students)

What You Will Study: 
The base of the course is the creative writing of the students and the seminars critique and develop your writing skills. There are no formal modules. Guest speakers often run seminars.

MA in Creative Writing – University of Nottingham

Duration: 1 Year Full Time or 2 to 3 Years Part Time

Cost: £6,220 (UK or EU Students) / £15,140 (International Students)

What You Will Study: 
The course has a strong emphasis on the publishing industry. The modules change from year to year as the subjects follow the interests of the academic staff. Usually, the modules cover subjects such as poetry, fiction and creative writing techniques.

MA in Creative Writing – Bangor University

Duration: 1 Year Full Time or 3 Years Part Time

Cost: £5,400 (UK or EU Students) / £12,250 (International Students)

What You Will Study: 
Students complete modules on poetry and prose writing along with a module on literary research before you move to a 20,000-word dissertation. This is an opportunity to develop a long piece of creative writing and the chance to have it critiqued and assessed.

MLitt in Creative Writing – University of Aberdeen

Duration: 1 Year Full Time or 2 Years Part Time

Cost: £6,000 (UK or EU Students) / £14,300 (International Students)

What You Will Study: 
The compulsory modules are about creative writing and critiquing poetry and fiction. Further modules cover subjects such as how to approach science and medicine and visual culture and theory.

MPhil in Creative Writing – Trinity College Dublin

Duration: 1 Year Full Time

Cost: €8,428 (UK or EU Students) / €15,408 (International Students)

What You Will Study: 
Compulsory modules focus on creative writing, writing as a living and developing your writing skills. There are further workshops and lectures on Irish poetry and visiting writers’ workshops.

MA in Literary Studies: Writing, Editing and Mediating – University of Groningen

Duration: 12 Months

Cost: €2,006 (UK or EU Students) / €11,400 (International Students)

What You Will Study: 
Subjects studied include creating a manuscript and developing it for publication, writing digital texts and editing text in written English.

MA in Creative Writing – University of Kent in Paris

Duration: 1 Year Full Time

Cost: £7,290 (UK or EU Students) / £15,660 (International Students)

What You Will Study: 
Students should gain an understanding of the creative writing process and the terminology used in the professional world of publishing. The modules and subjects change from year to year but relate to creative writing in Paris and France.

There are other great options for students interested in studying a masters degree in creative writing, check out our course search to find out more.

*SOURCE: TOP UNIVERSITIES.

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