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Full time & Part time September MA 1 year full time, 2 years part time

About the course

The MA in Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham is designed for experienced writers who wish to pursue a career or further study in this area. The programme combines focused modules with opportunities to develop students' own work through independent study. Permanent staff of published authors provide instruction, and there are links within the West Midlands to award-winning local press and poetry pamphlet publishers. The programme culminates in a dissertation project. Upon completion, graduates have gone on to careers inside and outside of academia such as writing, media, television, advertising, teaching, and heritage/cultural sectors.

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Entry Requirements

We ask for a 2:1 Honours degree, or equivalent, preferably in English and/or Creative Writing, but other disciplines will be considered. Applicants should also have considerable experience of writing creatively.


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Student Profile(s)

Maria Arroja Ferreira

Maria studied English and Creative Writing (BA) at Staffordshire University where she also worked within the Students’ Union as a student representative. Upon completion of her degree Maria has continued to undertake an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham, to pursue a career in publishing.

Maria is also a postgraduate mentor, you can contact her online with questions or read further about her experience at the University of Birmingham on her mentor page:http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk/mentor/maria-arroja-ferreira/

Michael McDermott

Michael completed his undergraduate Single Honours English (BA) degree at Newman University before relocating to the University of Birmingham in order to challenge himself with the Creative Writing MA. He’s a passionate writer who wishes to pursue a career as an author, or in the literary sector, upon his graduation from UoB.

Michael is also a postgraduate mentor, you can contact him online with questions or read further about his experience at the University of Birmingham on his mentor page: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk/mentor/m-mcdermott/

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Why did you choose Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham?

“I was excited about the opportunity to study abroad and gain new experiences. As a writer, I think it’s vital and energising to step into novel environments and simply explore. The University of Birmingham’s Creative Writing program is designed for exploration. I’ve written pieces across different genres and styles, from poems and short stories to satirical articles and feature-length screenplays. Sampling various writing styles has helped me hone my own voice and expand the depth of my writing.”

What has been the highlight of your course?

“The collaborative atmosphere of the program has been incredibly helpful to my growth as a writer. Giving and receiving feedback is central to the course as it helps us improve not only with our writing, but also our editing skills. Having an array of opinions and suggestions has been invaluable for me, especially from the department whose expertise covers a range of writing styles. Our modules also had a great mix of theoretical teaching with writing practice and professional development. Writing, for me, is no longer just a skill or a hobby, but the core of my career path.”

What have you learnt from your programme?

“The most important skill I’ve learned is how to edit—what to look for in a piece of writing and how to offer useful suggestions. Being able to evaluate my peers’ work has directly impacted my ability to self-edit. I also appreciate the critical focus of the course on research and academic writing. Doing research for my papers has helped to contextualise, bolster and even inspire my creative work.”

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