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  MA - Creative Writing and the Writing Industries

Loughborough University    English

Full time & Part time October MA 1 year full-time; part-time 2 years Award winner
Creative Arts & Design (9)

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Are you passionate about writing and the creative industries? Our MA in Creative Writing and the Writing Industries offers an exciting opportunity to develop your skills across various genres and work towards creating publishable pieces. This programme not only focuses on honing your writing abilities but also provides professional development training and opportunities. You'll explore different writing forms, learn how to plan and edit your work, and gain insight into the role of writers in various settings. With a strong emphasis on research skills, this programme prepares you for post-graduate study and a career as a writer. Join us to unlock your creative potential and explore diverse career paths in writing, publishing, education, and more. To apply, you'll need at least an upper second-class degree in a relevant subject or equivalent experience, along with a personal statement and a portfolio of your creative writing.

About the course

MA Creative Writing and the Writing Industries allows graduates to refine and apply their writing skills in today’s context, and gain a comprehensive knowledge of the writing industries, including publishing pathways, professional practices, and cultural communications.

Postgraduate study in English at Loughborough University is for graduates who aspire to create and interpret the literary cultures of the 21st century. Our courses offer an inclusive and practical approach to textual study and expression, enabling you to enhance your understanding and creation of contemporary writing through peer learning and hands-on projects.

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Entry Requirements

Second-class degree (2:2 / 55%) or above in a relevant subject (applicants with other equivalent experience who have a track record of writing, but a lower class or less relevant degree are encouraged to apply). Personal statement of not more than 300 words, and a portfolio of creative writing in any form or genre, of not more than 3,000 words.

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Student Profiles


The main reason for studying a master's at Loughborough is that I had already studied my undergraduate course here, and thus knew the facilities, town, and lecturers. I was also encouraged by Loughborough’s high ranking in league tables for Creative Writing.

The teaching quality for my MA was generally very good; given the nature of Creative Writing, the lecturers did well at balancing the need to guide our studies with recognising that everyone on the course will be working in their own styles and genres. I also don’t have any complaints about the facilities I used; Martin Hall is a great focal space, and the library had the resources I needed (and if it didn’t, the inter-library loan service meant I was still able to acquire what I needed).


I was initially attracted to Loughborough due to the vibrancy of the campus life and the diversity of the course content on the BA English programme. This was then reinforced by conversations I had with current students and lecturers on the visit days I attended. I loved my time as an undergraduate at Loughborough, and the experience was a big factor in my decision to come back to study here at postgraduate level. Loughborough has also been ranked as 2nd in the UK for English and Creative Writing this year, which also demonstrates the quality of teaching in the department as well as the love students have for the programmes here. I studied for a BA in English at Loughborough University in 2015, and then completed a Graduate Internship with the Marketing and Advancement Team in 2018. I chose to work for a few years before beginning my MA, which allowed me to take time to develop myself independently as a writer before coming back into postgraduate study with a better understanding of what I wanted to achieve in my work.

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