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About the course

Short fiction, the novel, poetry, plays and screenplays: define and refine your chosen genre at the University of Birmingham, and explore genres that are new to your writing experience.

If you are a graduate with considerable experience in writing creatively and wish to proceed to a career or further study in this area, then our innovative MA in Creative Writing is for you.

The programme will allow you to develop your own work, your own voice and your own ideas with dedicated workshop time and opportunities to give and receive feedback to and from your peers. You will also benefit from professional skills training to prepare you for your encounters with the writing industry, with insights from industry professional such as editors and publishers.

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Entry Requirements

All prospective students must also submit a sample of written work as part of the online application process. This must be provided when you make your application or by the deadline for the round in which your application is submitted. If this is not provided within the stated timeframe your application may be declined. Your sample should be in the form of a portfolio of creative writing of c. 3,000 words.

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Where will I study?

Where is University of Birmingham


Student Profile

Moyo Abiona

Graduated in 2020

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.”


The College of Arts and Law is pleased to offer a number of Home fees-only scholarships for candidates wishing to study full- and part-time masters-level courses from September 2024.

Applications are welcome from UK, EU and Overseas students wishing to study any discipline within the College's five schools:

English, Drama, American and Creative Studies
History and Cultures
Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music
Philosophy, Theology and Religion

Value of Scholarship(s)

One year's tuition fees at Home rates


These awards are open to UK, EU and Overseas students, studying full-time or part-time campus-based masters-level programmes in the College of Arts and Law.

They are available to students who commence their study at the start of the 2024 academic year. These awards are not available to current Masters students.

International students are eligible to apply, and will receive a reduction in tuition fees equivalent to the Home rate if successful.

Applications for funding can only be considered alongside an application to study.

Application Procedure

In order to apply, you must have completed an application to study. You will then need to complete our online funding application form. Your application must also be supported by two references.

For detailed advice and to complete the online funding application and funding reference forms, please visit our College of Arts and Law scholarships how to apply page.

By applying, you will be automatically considered for relevant College of Arts and Law scholarships. Only complete applications submitted before the deadline will be considered.

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