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MA in Writing

Course Description

This course is eligible for the Warwick English full UK fees bursary. For further information see Masters Scholarship link on right.


Literary fiction, life-writing, poetry, fantasy / SF, reviewing, theatre-writing, translation, writing for the young….

Permanent staff

includes: Will Eaves, Maureen Freely, Michael Hulse, Silvija Jestrovic, A.L.Kennedy, China Miéville, David Morley, Sarah Moss, Ian Sansom, Jonathan Skinner, David Vann

Visiting fellows / honorary professors

include: Rebecca Abrams, Peter Blegvad, Paula Byrne, Jonathan Coe, Jeremy Treglown

The Warwick MA in Writing is intended for students who are already experienced as well as ambitious practising writers, whether published or not. We don’t believe that creativity, as such, can be taught, or that it is only fulfilled in ‘the marketplace’, but we do aim to help develop technical writing skills which students will find useful professionally, whether in full-time authorship or in related professions such as publishing, the media, or teaching.

Course content and methods of teaching and assessment involve a mixture of approaches based on workshops and 1:1 supervision, portfolios and longer written projects. Students may opt to take modules based on more traditional academic pedagogies.

At least as important as teaching are the space and stimulus to write within a community of people with similar aspirations, facing similar practical, imaginative and intellectual problems. The literary community at Warwick is a scholarly as well as a creative one: the University is the most highly ranked research institution, nationally, to offer such a degree. Much of the value of the course comes from students’ working on the University campus and making use of the full range of activities which it offers.

Visit the MA in Writing page on the University of Warwick web site for more details!

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(Student Profile)

Samuel Dodson

2092.jpg I studied BA English Literature & Creative Writing at Warwick, then carried on to do the MA in Writing. I now work as an editor for a publishing house in Farnham but I am an aspiring writer with short stories published in a number of literary anthologies.

The four years I spent at Warwick were among the most formative and inspiring years anyone could ask for. I don't want to sound too much like I've just stepped out of the Dead Poet's Society, but it's genuinely difficult to overstate how good the English department at Warwick is: with engaging lectures and seminars and stimulating course material and reading lists. I based my MA dissertation on my grandfather's memoirs, which detail his experiences as a medical officer in the Second World War, and explored the relationship between memoir writing, human memory and the concept of 'truth' and fiction. Studying an MA gives you the freedom to work really hard at something you find incredibly interesting. This isn't to romanticise the experience, because it involves a lot of painstaking effort and thinking really hard about something for a prolonged period of time: days and weeks and months of going to bed and waking up with a kind of slow fire urgency and the feeling of having to get this impossible number of thoughts down on paper because they sometimes seem so ephemeral and fleeting. And it’s hard to look back on those words and realise they're not quite right, or not articulated clearly or just a sign you've drunk too much coffee. It’s an education you don't necessarily get the chance to experience in the day-in-day-out repetition of a society that does little more than tell us to go out and get things for ourselves and gratify ourselves and just 'go' all the time, without giving us the time to think hard and listen carefully and read and learn.

The course structures and the facilities available to MA students are excellent, but that's something you can read in online brochures. And it wasn't because of facilities or a course structure that I decided to continue with my MA at Warwick. I knew I was making the right choice in studying the MA at Warwick because I'd seen how good the system was from my undergrad years. Thinking about it, I'm not sure there was any other choice that would have made sense.


Warwick English MA Fees Bursary - 2 Awards

The English department at Warwick is committed to attracting the best MA students, regardless of their financial circumstances, and therefore has made available two full UK fee awards (or equivalent towards overseas fees) each year from 2014.

There will also be some smaller awards of up to £2000 for candidates who come as runners-up in the main competition. You will automatically be considered for these.

The closing date for applications is 24 April 2015. You must have been accepted onto the MA programme prior to that date and are advised to apply well in advance.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full UK fees (or equivalent sum towards overseas fees)


Any student who has been accepted for a full-time MA in the department is eligible to apply. Awards are made solely on academic merit and are very competitive. Please let [email protected] know by email if you wish to be considered for an award.

Application Procedure

At the earliest opportunity, applicants should let the graduate secretary, [email protected], know that they wish to be considered for the competition.

Further Information



Warwick Taught Masters Scholarship Scheme - 20+ Awards

We pleased to announce that The University of Warwick has launched over £1.2million of scholarships for Taught Masters students in 2015-16. 125 awards of £10,000 per student will be available to eligible Home/EU students from under-represented groups who wish to progress from an undergraduate course for which they were charged the higher tuition fees applying since 2012-13, to a postgraduate taught masters courses starting in 2015-16.

The scholarships are valued at £10,000. For standard fee courses the scholarship will cover the full cost of the tuition fees for 2015/16 and a bursary of £2,600 (Standard fees for 2015/16 are £7,400). For non-standard courses the scholarship will be a contribution towards your tuition fees in the first instance and any remaining portion of the award after your fees have been met will be paid directly to you as a bursary for course related costs.

These awards are co-funded by the UK Government and the University of Warwick. The Warwick Taught Masters Scholarship Scheme presents a one-off opportunity for 2015 entrants to obtain funding before a proposed loan scheme for postgraduate study begins in 2016.

Further postgraduate scholarships at Warwick are available on our Graduate School pages at www.warwick.ac.uk/scholarships

Value of Scholarship(s)



To be eligible you will:
(1) Be applying to start in October 2015 at Warwick on a full-time Masters course; or part-time Masters studied over a maximum of 2 years
(2) Have started your first undergraduate degree at a UK university in the 2012/13 academic year and graduate in the 2014/15 academic year
(3) Have paid Home/EU tuition fees between £6,000-9,000
(4) Not already hold a Masters or PhD qualification
(5) Be in receipt of at least one means of support for under-represented groups.

See: www.warwick.ac.uk/services/academicoffice/funding/fundingyourstudies/pgceandpg/wtmss

Application Procedure

Please submit your application form and supporting evidence by email to [email protected] or by post to Student Funding, Senate House, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL.

The application form can be found on the main scholarship page (link below). We strongly encourage all applicants to read the eligibility guidelines before scrolling to the downloadable form.

The deadline for applications to be received is Friday 31 July (17:00hrs GMT). Please note that if you are sending your application form and supporting evidence by post you should ensure that the application arrives by the deadline.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

usually 2.1 honours degree or equivalent, plus CV and a portfolio of written work

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