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Creative Arts & Design (9)

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The MSt in Creative Writing at Oxford University is a part-time, two-year master's degree programme that offers a unique blend of high contact hours, genre specialization, and critical and creative breadth. This programme is designed for writers who want to explore different genres and develop their individual writerly voice within a global writerly and critical community. The first year focuses on prose, poetry, and drama, while the second year allows for specialization in a single genre. The programme also offers a research placement, providing hands-on experience in the writing industry. Applicants should have a proven commitment to writing and a keen interest in reading.

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Oxford University's Master of Studies in Creative Writing is a two-year, part-time master's degree course offering a unique combination of high contact hours, genre specialization, and critical and creative breadth.

The emphasis of this postgraduate creative writing course is cross-cultural and cross-genre, pointing up the needs and challenges of the contemporary writer who produces his or her creative work in the context of a global writerly and critical community.

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Patrick Toland

'In terms of what I found most engaging, I would say it would have to be the variety of genres studied, teaching ‘voices’ offered to you and the way the course is designed to push you out of your comfort zone. That is quite an unusual feature in that most Masters' in Creative Writing compel you toward specialism at an early stage. Making sure you have enough personal time to devote to your part-time studies is also a challenge.'

'I think the first surprise was the approachability, good humour and solid support of the academic, pastoral and Kellogg College staff. Oxford can be intimidating to a novice but I was never made to feel that way and I think, considering the calibre of the staff, this was a truly generous gift. Secondly, the offerings of my classmates in relation to our workshops – so many great ideas, images and narratives worth stealing from them! Thirdly, it shouldn’t have come as a surprise but having an eclectic range of professional writers giving you their own patient, personal focus is a great boost to your own writing and ambitions. It means you end up surprising yourself with some of the things your write.'

'An MSt is a big commitment, especially if you are a mature or international student, and it is right and proper to consider all of your study options, various elements of cost and other pressures on your time and resources. Further to that, the course is demanding and expectations of commitment and involvement are high. There is a significant competition for places and, if you are successful in gaining a place, you are expected to be involved, alert and giving of yourself during all classes and residentials.'

'However, those are the exact reasons why I think anyone should take this course. Like everyone, I was prone to the romance of Oxford study and the allure of being part of the University is an experience in itself (just see for yourself at Matriculation). Yet, I would encourage others to take this course for its thoroughness and the sense of ambition it instils in you rather than just the congenial extras of sitting in the Eagle and Child, punting or joining the Union.'


Funding for graduate courses is competitive, but the University of Oxford offers more support than you might think. For example, for the 2022-23 academic year, just over 48% of our new graduate students received full or partial funding from the University or other funders.

For the 2024-25 academic year, the University expects to be able to offer over 1,000 full or partial graduate scholarships for new students.

Scholarships are usually awarded on the basis of academic excellence and potential, and will cover some or all of your course fees and/or provide a grant for living costs for your period of fee liability. The eligibility criteria for different scholarships vary, with some being open to the majority of new graduate students and others restricted by particular characteristics, for example by degree subject or country of ordinary residence. Some scholarship schemes offer additional benefits like events to support scholars, or membership of a scholar community or leadership programme.

For the majority of Oxford scholarships, all you need to do is submit your graduate application by the December or January deadline for your course. There’s no separate scholarship application process or extra supporting documentation required for funding. Based on the information supplied in your graduate application, you will be automatically considered for scholarships where you meet the eligibility criteria with most scholarships using academic merit and/or potential as the basis on which award decisions are made.

The vast majority of college scholarships do not require you to select that particular college as your preference on the graduate application form. They will consider all eligible applicants who apply by the relevant deadline. If you are selected for a college scholarship, we will move your place to the relevant college.

Most Oxford scholarships are awarded between late February and June. The approximate date by which decisions are expected to be made will normally be given in the scholarship information available from the A-Z of Scholarships.

A scholarship may be awarded either at the same time or after you are offered a place by your department. It may be awarded either before or after you have been offered a college place.

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