A creative writing degree will equip you with the skills needed to turn your writing passion into a profession. You will develop your ability to write prose, script and poetry, exploring your creativity and self-expression. Your portfolio will evolve and display who you are as a person and as a writer.
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The accreditation of your degree will depend on where you choose to study. It will also be influenced by the level of your study. At undergraduate level, you can expect to be awarded a Bachelor of Arts (BA). At postgraduate level, you can expect to be awarded a Master of Arts (MA), or a Master of Research (MRes). Further study will award you with a research degree such as a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
Generally, an undergraduate degree will take three to four years to complete, depending on where you choose to study. A postgraduate degree will normally take one to two years to complete.
Your institution may offer part-time study options, which usually means that your degree will take four to six years. You may also be able to take a foundation programme, which is useful if you do not meet the entry requirements for your degree.
Annual tuition fees for UK students are capped by the UK government. For the 2019/20 academic year, they are £9,250. This is subject to change each year, and will be updated on your institution website.
Postgraduate course annual tuition fees are set by the institution, which means that they can differ. Postgraduate programmes are generally less expensive than undergraduate programmes. You will find detailed fee information on the institution webpage.
The fees displayed below are an example of typical annual tuition fees for undergraduate and postgraduate creative writing degrees. Actual tuition fees can be found on the institution webpages.
Typical Annual Tuition Fees
- Undergraduate - £9,250
- Postgraduate - £7,500
An undergraduate degree will provide you with a foundation of knowledge in the main areas of creative writing. You might study modules on writing identity, shaping ideas, story craft, professional writing, and screenwriting. The majority of undergraduate degree courses will be designed to suit students who do not have a great deal of experience in creative writing, as well as challenging those who have previously studied the subject. Your degree will be delivered through lectures and tutorials, incorporating field trips. You may be presented with the opportunity to take part in a work placement module. Depending on your course, you may be able to specialise towards the end of your degree. Assessment methods can include written work, group projects, and presentations.
During a postgraduate degree, such as an MA, you will build on the knowledge you gained at undergraduate level. The modules you study will be on the more complex and specialised areas of creative writing. Modules and specialisms might include dramatic structure, writing and performance, writing radio drama, and applied theatre making. Assessment methods might include written work, group projects, presentations, and a major research project or thesis.
The entry requirements for a creative writing degree will depend on where you choose to study. It will also be influenced by the level of study for which you are applying. An undergraduate degree will require you to have a background in creative writing or English. Some universities might accept other qualitative subjects, such as history or sociology. If you do not have a strong background in creative writing, but can show that you are passionate about the subject area, some institutions might still consider your application. You can display this through your personal statement or an interview. For a postgraduate degree, most institutions will require you to have an undergraduate degree in creative writing, or a closely related subject.
Typical Entry Requirements
- A Level Grades - ABB-BBC
- UCAS Points - 128-112 UCAS points
- Required/Desired Subjects - English Language/Literature, Theatre/Drama Studies, History
- Degree Requirements - 2:2 or higher
- Required/Desired Subjects - Creative Writing, Theatre/Drama Studies, English Literature/Language
Graduates of creative writing will find that they have many career opportunities available to them. It is most common for graduates to work in quantitative roles. If you choose to work in a role directly related to creative writing, job roles could include publishing, writing, editing, teaching, or journalism. If you choose to work in a role not directly related to creative writing, jobs could be in fields such as business, human resource management, or marketing.