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About the course

About the course


Where better to take your writing to the next level than the home city of literary greats like Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle?

On this MA Creative Writing degree course, you'll study the genres that inspire you the most – from poetry and historical fiction, to screenwriting and crime – and spend plenty of time writing and critiquing new work of your own.

If you're imaginative, ambitious and ready to devote yourself to improving your writing, it's time to take your studies to the next level with us. We'll give you the tools you need for a successful career as a writer, or in fields such as publishing, media, and education.    

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Get to grips with different writing techniques and study
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Entry Requirements

A good honours degree in a related subject. Equivalent qualifications and/or notable experience as a creative writer will also be considered. An online portfolio submission may be required as part of the selection process.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.


Please see the university website for further information on fees for this course

Please see the university website for further information on fees for this course.

 Course Content

Where is University of Portsmouth


Student Profile(s)

Xara Higgs

Xara Higgs, fits in an MA in Creative Writing around working full time for a post-production film company. She is hoping to pursue a career as a scriptwriter.
My ultimate ambition is to write a screenplay for an independent British film. I'd also like to write a sit-com but doing anything where I'm involved with scriptwriting would be fantastic.
After doing A levels I wasn't interested in going to university at all, so I surprised even myself by doing a Masters degree. I was 21 when I decided to improve my career prospects and did my first degree in Media Studies. After that I knew I wanted to write, so the MA in Creative Writing was perfect for me. It allowed me to explore all writing possibilities and I could fit it in with my job working for a film company up in London.
It really was the best decision I ever made. The creative industries can be difficult to get a foot in the door and the MA has opened up a lot moreopportunities for me.
On the course we studied both theoretical and technical aspects of writing. We also undertook a personal project and I went to the Caribbean to make a documentary about a performance artist. I had to create the order of narrative, write a script and even arrange the crew for the film which was all great experience.
Writing my dissertation taught me a lot about the discipline of writing, but you get more out of a Masters than just what you learn from the course. Doing the MA has allowed me to specialise in what I'm really interested in doing and hopefully help me fulfil my potential.

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