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MA

Creative Writing

School of English, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Our MA courses give you the chance to explore the subjects you love with the guidance of leading researchers. The range of options available means you can design the masters you want.
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Course description

You’ll study contemporary creative writing and develop your skills in different genres and styles. You’ll also develop and explore your own writing through practical workshops. You’ll complete two core modules, optional modules and a dissertation. Your final portfolio of work may take the form of short stories, a novel extract, script or poetry.

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Modules

Core modules

Choose two from:

  • Creative Writing: Fiction 1
  • Creative Writing: Fiction 2
  • Creative Writing: Poetry 1
  • Creative Writing: Poetry 2

Optional modules

Examples of optional modules may include:

  • ‘Tales of the City’: the Living Space in Contemporary American Fiction
  • Memory and Narrative in Contemporary Literature
  • Language and Literature in the Workplace
  • Any of the many modules listed under the general MA in English Literature

Teaching

Teaching takes place through workshops and seminars.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed on your essays, a creative writing dissertation and portfolio. Fiction writers and dramatists: 12,000 words of creative work. Poets: 50 poems or equivalent. All students complete a 3,000-word critical essay.

Duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

At least a 2:1 honours degree in English literature, language, linguistics, or a related discipline (eg history, philosophy, modern languages).

A portfolio submission of 2,000 words of prose/drama or five poems (or equivalent, roughly 100 lines) to be sent along with the application form.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 7.5 and a minimum of 6.5 in all other components.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Studentships

There are a number of studentships and fee bursaries available, funded by the University. Deadlines for funding applications are usually in winter/early spring.

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

 

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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Contact

english.admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 8473

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.