MA Creative Writing

Anglia Ruskin University

Program Description

MA Creative Writing

Anglia Ruskin University

  • Course duration: 12 months full-time or up to 3 years part-time (September starts); 15 months full-time or up to 3 years part-time (January starts).
  • Teaching times: Cambridge: Mondays and Thursdays from 6-8pm (full-time) or Mondays or Thursdays from 6-8pm (part-time). Chelmsford: Mondays 6-8pm (part-time).


Hone your writing and expand your opportunities for publication. Our workshops will help you to develop your self-editing and refine your work using feedback from your peers and tutors. Get advice from our team of specialist lecturers, study classic and contemporary authors, and learn about the modern publishing industry.

If you’re a practising writer, this course will allow you to develop your craft in a supportive literary environment.

You’ll get the chance to work on your existing projects or try out something completely new, working across a range of styles and genres. Your first modules will focus on novels and short stories, while Special Topic and dissertation projects can range from drama and screenwriting to graphic novels and performance poetry*.

You’ll share your work with, and get invaluable feedback from, our experienced teaching team as well as your fellow students, giving you a unique perspective on how your work is read by different audiences.

All your writing will be supported by a close study of the most distinguished writers and works in each form. You’ll learn to reflect critically on other people’s writing, and through this discover new ways to understand and improve your own.

If you want to get published, you can get advice from our team of specialists, led by Laura Dietz, Una McCormack and Colette Paul, as well as our current Royal Literary Fund Fellows. We’ll introduce you to the writing industry through talks, masterclasses and networking opportunities with agents, publishers and established fiction writers. Our past tutors and speakers have included writers like Rebecca Stott, Toby Litt, Shelley Weiner, Martyn Waites, Julia Bell, Chris Beckett, Graham Joyce and Esther Freud.

You can choose to study this course in Cambridge (full- or part-time) or Chelmsford (part-time only).

Core modules

  • Patterns of Story: Fiction and its Forms
  • Master's Project in Creative Writing

Optional modules

  • Workshop: the Short Story
  • Workshop: the Novel
  • Special Topic in Creative Writing/English Literature

Or change one of the above options to:

  • Renaissance Drama and Cultures of Performance
  • Re-reading Modernism, Practising Postmodernism
  • Creativity and Content in Publishing
  • The Long 19th Century: Controversies and Cities
  • The Business of Publishing
  • Independent Learning Module


On each core module, you’ll show your progress through one or more pieces of writing. For the Patterns of Fiction module, this will be a single critical essay including samples of your own writing. For the other three modules you’ll submit one creative portfolio of up to 4,500 words, plus a critical reflection on your work and writing process.

You can also take several optional modules from our MA Publishing or MA English Literature courses.

The major project at the end of the course will allow you to present up to 15,000 words of your chosen writing project, including a critical commentary.

Entry requirements

  • A good honours degree, (or equivalent), normally in a related subject. Applicants with professional experience are also encouraged to apply.
  • If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 7.0 overall ( Academic level) with 7.0 in the writing component or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University

We'll also ask you to supply a writing portfolio, consisting of 2,000 to 5,000 words of your recent writing. This will ideally include some fiction. You may choose to submit a single short story, an extract from a larger work such as a novel, or a collection of shorter pieces, such as a few poems, a segment of a feature-length screenplay, and a piece of flash fiction.

Please also include a letter of application no longer than two pages, which answers the following questions.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated June 15, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Jan. 2017
Sept. 2017
1 - 3 years
Part time
Full time
Start date Jan. 2017
United Kingdom Cambridge, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 1 - 3 years
Price - UK/EU: £6,100; International: £11,200
Start date Sept. 2017
United Kingdom Cambridge, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
United Kingdom Chelmsford, England
Application deadline Request Info
Part-time only
End date Request Info
Duration 1 - 3 years
Price - UK/EU: £6,100; International: £11,200