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.

The course offers a unique curriculum – half theoretical and half practical. It offers a great opportunity for me to learn the way to incorporate theatre practice into research. The course has introduced a wide variety of contemporary performance that is totally new to me, which has broadened my interest.

Moe ShojI, Postgraduate Student in the School of English

About the course

September 2018 start

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.

Moe Shoji, postgraduate in the School of English Literature

Core modules

Choose two from:

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

Examples of optional modules

May include:

  • ‘Tales of the City’: the living space in contemporary American fiction
  • Contemporary British Poetry
  • Memory and Narrative in Contemporary Literature
  • Language and Literature in the Workplace
  • Study of Texts or any from the many modules listed under the general MA in English Literature.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching takes place through workshops and seminars. 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.

Course duration

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

Entry requirements

A good first degree (2:1 or above, or the international equivalent) 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 5 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

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Fees and funding

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 is a quick and easy process.

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Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Dr Madeleine Callaghan
E: m.callaghan@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 8461

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