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Creative Writing (MA)

Course Description

The defining feature of the MA Creative Writing is the particular close attention it gives to the details of the writing process. The teaching goes beyond a simple textbook approach to writing technique and encourages students to take a strategic approach to producing successful work. This involves examining their writing in the contexts of: how their writing is informed by reading; what they see as their long- and short-term aims for their writing; how the publishing industry works; their relations with other writers, particularly their peers on the course.

There is a definite emphasis on the realities of the published writer, and guest sessions throughout the year allow students to meet writers and writing-industry professionals. There is a lively writing culture in Nottingham, and students are strongly encouraged to attend and take part in the many events on offer.

Assessment is principally on students’ original writing, with the taught modules requiring some reflective work on matters appropriate to the poetry or fiction they write. The final component of the programme is the creative dissertation, for which students undertake an extended piece or series of pieces building on what they have learned in the preceding semesters.

Visit the Creative Writing (MA) page on the University of Nottingham website for more details!

Student Profiles

School Tuition Fee Scholarship - 2 Awards

All those who hold an offer for entry in the forthcoming academic year are welcome to apply for our various scholarship and funding opportunities. These provisions can vary slightly from year to year. Applications for scholarship/funding must be made by the required deadline. Please see our web pages for further information.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Home/EU tuition Fees


Any applicant holding an offer of a place to study on one of the School's Masters courses are invited to apply for one of our School Tuition Fee Scholarships.

Application Procedure

Please visit our web pages in the first instance for more information regarding the provision available and further instructions on how to apply.

Further Information



Midlands3Cities Nottingham Masters Studentships - 14 Awards

Providing routes in to the AHRC-funded Midlands3Cities doctoral training partnership Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership, the University of Nottingham is offering 14 Research Preparation Masters studentships to start September 2015. Midlands3Cities Nottingham Masters studentships are intended to prepare students for doctoral study so it is crucial that applicants make a clear case for how the Masters will lead to an intended PhD programme. Awards will cover the University of Nottingham tuition fee and provide a stipend of £8,400. They do not guarantee subsequent doctoral funding, for which a separate application must be made.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Tuition Fees and Stipend of £8400


These awards are available to outstanding students from the UK and EU who wish to pursue a Masters degree (MA or MRes) at the University of Nottingham in any area of the Arts and Humanities and areas eligible for AHRC funding in Law and Social Sciences.

Application Procedure

For guidance notes and a copy of the application form, visit: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/arts/news-events/m3cdtp-nottingham-masters-funding.aspx

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants are expected to hold a 2:1 (Upper second class UK honours degree or international equivalent), in addition transcripts and writing samples will be required upon application. IELTS:7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

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