MA in Creative Writing

Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Program Description

MA in Creative Writing

Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

MA in Creative Writing

The Creative Writing Masters at Oxford Brookes is for those wishing to enhance their existing writing skills. Taught weekly by our excellent faculty, it also involves a dozen major workshops every year, delivered by some of the UK's most successful prose, poetry and non-fiction writers.

The Creative Writing MA at Oxford Brookes will help your writing grow through work with established writers, industry professionals, teaching specialists and your peers, whilst you experience this most literary of all cities.

From the opening evening of your course in September – previous speakers have included international bestseller Philip Pullman, Booker winner Howard Jacobson and Pulitzer/Orange winner Marilynne Robinson – through to the showcase for agents and publishers following your graduation, our aim is to make your time at Brookes a decisive stage in your development.

Your postgraduate study here will centre on your own creative writing, combined with critical analysis, reflective commentary and scholarly research. The course can be studied full-time or part-time.

Course content

The MA in Creative Writing involves taking the core compulsory module ‘Creativity, Writing and Textuality: Concepts and Practice’, two elective modules from those available (see module descriptions), and completing a major project of writing in any genre.

For the PGDip, three modules are taken (‘Creativity, Writing and Textuality, Concepts and Practice’ and two electives from those available).

For the PGCert, two modules are taken (‘Creativity, Writing and Textuality, Concepts and Practice’) and one elective from those available.

The MA / PGDip / PGCert in Creative Writing will enable you to:

  • develop existing creative writing skills, in a range of genres, towards publishable standard
  • undertake a substantial creative writing project
  • practise creative writing and reading skills with a range of writing practitioners, including peers and published writers
  • acquire a practical understanding of the techniques of writing, editing and working within the parameters of the writing and publishing industry
  • engage with theoretical approaches to creativity and creative practice
  • demonstrate an appropriate knowledge of literary conventions, and historical and contemporary contexts for writing
  • explore your own position as a writer within a specific locale and history.

Teaching learning and assessment

A variety of teaching and learning methods are used across the course. All modules use more than one learning and teaching method. Some of the key teaching methods are: seminars, oral presentations and readings, workshops, visiting speakers, individual supervision, autonomous research and writing.

All modules are assessed by coursework (portfolios or pieces of work with a critical commentary) of about 6,000 words.

The Major Project of writing in any genre (with critical commentary) would normally be within the range of 15,000 to 20,000 words.

Career prospects

During the course we help students foster links with publishers through a number of workshops run by publishing houses. Many of our alumni have gone on to win literary prizes and have their own writing published. A significant number of successful MA students continue into further research and careers in academia, either at Oxford Brookes or at other institutions.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold a good honours degree (2.1 or above), or its equivalent, in an appropriate discipline and must be able to demonstrate ability in creative writing. A portfolio of recent creative work must be submitted (max 25 pages, please be selective in your choice of pieces to include in the portfolio) and applicants may be interviewed. If it is some time since you completed your undergraduate education and you do not meet the standard requirement, it may be possible to consider your application based on evidence of other relevant personal and professional experience, the support of your referees and the portfolio of written work.

English language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should hold one of the following qualifications:

  • British Council (IELTS) Test: band 7 overall with at least 6 in each band
  • TOEFL: 100 (internet-based)
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency: grade C or above
  • NEAB University Test in English for Speakers of Other Languages: Pass
  • JMB Test in English for Overseas Students: grade 1,2 or 3
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 24, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2017
12 - 24 months
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5,450 GBP
United Kingdom - Oxford, England
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(Non-EU full time: 13,200 GBP)