These three discipline-specific programmes allow you to focus on your chosen writing area and benefit from all the same opportunities offered on the MA Creative Writing.
1 year full time
2 years part time
Number of credits:
Specific entry requirements
A second-class honours degree is normally required as well as a portfolio of writing, consisting of approximately 2000 words of prose (Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Journalism) or 15 pages of poetry. If a candidate demonstrates sufficient skill and professional experience in writing, the previous degree requirement may be waived. Please upload your portfolio of writing on the online application form, which can be found by clicking the 'apply for the course' button.
Suited to students who have a clear idea of what they want to work on, and with some experience of writing in their chosen discipline.
Develop professional-standard writing skills, and learn to formulate and address advanced research questions.
Bespoke teaching from published writers with expertise in your chosen writing pathway.
Course and Module Details
In addition to our generalist MA in Creative Writing, we offer three MA programmes that allow you to focus on either fiction, fiction for young readers or poetry.
Pathway 1: MA Creative Writing Fiction
You will be taught how to write fiction of the highest professional calibre by examining two primary forms, the short story and the novel, building a portfolio of fiction. The emphasis is on craft, technique and practical guidance, and you will engage with a variety of storytelling tools and models. You will be introduced to a wide range of approaches in short and long form fiction enabling you to develop your writing practice as well as thinking about your own social and cultural experiences and identities.
Pathway 2: MA Creative Writing for Young Readers
You will focus on the practice and theory of writing fiction for children, engaging with both visual narratives and young adult narratives. You will explore the historical and theoretical debates in Children’s Literature, and the working methodologies of established practicing writers, enabling you to contextualise your own creative practice. You will be taught through seminars, one to one tutorials and workshops, where you will draft, develop and critique your own and your peers’ work.
Pathway 3: MA Creative Writing Poetry
You will explore both traditional lyric poetry and alternative, innovative poetic practice through seminars, workshops and one to one tutorials. You will acquire a good understanding of contemporary British and international poetry and will become confident in employing a wide range of poetic forms such as the sonnet, the prose poem and poets’ theatre, as well as exploring different schools of poetry. You will learn how to craft your poems through writing exercises and close-reading which will equip you to deepen your individual poetic practice.
These three discipline-specific programmes allow you to focus on your chosen writing area and benefit from all the same opportunities offered on the MA Creative Writing. You will simply take fewer optional modules and undertake a longer dissertation.
Taught by published, working writers including internationally acclaimed poets, novelists and editors, you will be supported to develop your personal writing style. You will discover how to make your writing more effective, how to break bad habits and how to assess your work professionally. You will graduate with the skills needed for professional writing practice, and with an understanding of the professional context in which these skills are marketed.
You will undertake independent and extended research and practice in a specialised area of Creative Writing and over the course of the programme you will secure the skills and knowledge required for a career in professional publishing, the creative industries, or to continue in academia. Whether you choose to specialise in fiction, fiction for young readers or poetry, you will take a core module that explores theoretical and research-based issues faced by creative writers, as well as an extended creative dissertation.
We will prepare you for your career after you graduate, whether it is as a published writer, a career working in the professional arts sector, or continuing with your academic studies. We regularly invite writers, who have previously included Emma Donoghue and Kazuo Ishiguru, to give guest lectures and workshops, as well as speakers from different sectors of the creative industries. You will be encouraged to make the most of Roehampton’s connections with the literary world and make professional contacts with publishers and agents.
The department has thriving partnerships with Wimbledon Bookfest and Barnes Children’s Literature Festival, as well as with local schools, providing you with the chance to volunteer or undertake paid work experience during your time at Roehampton. Our in-house publishing imprint, Fincham Press, means you could see your work published or be involved in publishing the work of your peers.
Fiction for Young Readers pathway
Students on this course are normally taught on weekday evenings.
Students go on to employment as professional writers or in media-related occupations such as journalists, archivists, librarians, editors, copywriters and arts managers. Additionally, the programme provides essential preparation for advanced academic study of Creative Writing at PhD level or for teaching Creative Writing.
How to apply
You can apply now for any programme starting in Autumn 2021, January or February 2022 or September 2022.
All postgraduate taught applications can be made via our online application form.
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Postgraduate application process FAQs
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If you are a prospective postgraduate student who has home fee status, then you can apply close to the start of the course of study. However, if you have international fee status and require a Tier 4 Visa, then you will normally need to apply much earlier. Please see our application deadlines for postgraduate study.
We encourage all students to apply as early as possible, as some programmes have limited numbers.
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Dr Mary L Shannon
Hi, I'm Mary L. Shannon, I specialise in 19th-century literature and culture so you'll find me teaching modules on Victorian Literature, Children's Literature, and Popular Culture, among other things.Read More
Hi, I'm Mary L. Shannon, I specialise in 19th-century literature and culture so you'll find me teaching modules on Victorian Literature, Children's Literature, and Popular Culture, among other things. I'm currently writing a book about a 19th century London busker called Billy Waters. I'm fascinated by the connections between Victorian London and London today: you can read my article about the London street poor on the British library's website here: I'm also founding President of the GWM Reynolds society - Reynolds was more popular than Dickens in the Victorian period, but he is little known today, even though he wrote fiction full of contemporary resonances - he was interested in workers' rights, womens' rights, democracy, London, and the supernatural.
Professor Peter Jaeger
I’m Peter and I was the first lecturer to be hired in our Creative Writing Programme, way back in 2003.Read More
I’m Peter and I was the first lecturer to be hired in our Creative Writing Programme, way back in 2003. As a teacher, I try to find out what students want to do with their writing and then support them in realising their literary goals. Along the way, I introduce exercises and assignments to help them boost their creativity, practical skills, and understanding. My research interests include ecological fiction and poetry, as well as the relationship between spirituality and writing in our 21st century context.
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We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.
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