Creative Writing (MA)

Postgraduate Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Our cutting-edge Creative Writing MA is at the forefront of literary MA provision in the UK. Here you can study and write literary fiction, fantasy, dark & transgressive fiction, horror, thriller and domestic noir, and you can write in a wide variety of forms. All modules are taught by published writers, and Roehampton's post-graduate experience is among the best in the country. Come here to do your best writing. Come here with the aim of being published.

Creative Writing (MA)

1 year (full-time) 
2 years (part-time)

Number of Credits

120 PGDip 
180 MA

Start date

September 2024

Degree Type




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On our MA Creative Writing, our priority is ensuring that you graduate with a creative, professional skillset. This incorporates studying;

  • Popular, long-running modules: Writing for Young ReadersShort Stories and Novel, which explore writing in a variety of forms, all with the aim of helping you produce compelling, contemporary work of a publishable standard. 
  • Creative Contexts and Archives and Research, which will enable you to situate your work among other contemporary writers and enlarge your research skills. 

Throughout the programme, you will be working with established, successful writers, all of whom are here to help you take your writing to the next level. Successful writers who have graduated from the programme include Holly Pester, Rachel Knightley, and Nikki Dudley.


You can also develop your professional skills by auditing the modules Copywriting and The Business of Writing.

How you'll learn

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This year we have two new modules which respond to the growing demand for a wider range of contemporary writing. Genre Fiction is for writers of fantasy, horror and crime. Dark & Transgressive Writing works with erotic, hybrid, and dystopian fictions. More people than ever are reading fantasy fiction. Erotic writing is no longer a niche genre. Horror and Dark Fiction is part of mainstream popular culture. Crime and dystopian fiction are a vast and creative area.  

Career options

Alongside writing for publication, graduates of this programme may pursue careers in journalism, copywriting and arts management.

‘My lecturers really care about all of us succeeding in our chosen careers. They encourage me to push myself and experiment with my writing, which is also helping prepare me for a career in publishing’.

Samantha Jo Gale, MA Creative Writing

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Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. We will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers.

Application Info

How to apply

Postgraduate programmes

If you need any help or advice with your application, or just want to ask us a question before you apply, please do not hesitate to contact us.

International students
Please note that most international applicants have to pay a deposit before securing their place.

  • See our Finance pages for more details

Tuition fees and funding

September 2024 entry tuition fees

UK EU and International
£9,188 £17,325

Specific Entry Requirements

A second-class honours degree is normally required but non-standard applications are also welcome, and applicants are invited to submit a portfolio of writing, consisting of approximately 2000 words of prose (Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Journalism) or 15 pages of poetry. Please upload your portfolio of writing on the online application form, which can be found by clicking the 'apply for the course' button.

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Our Research

You can read about some of the research from Roehampton's English and creative writing academics on the Humanities and Social Sciences departmental pages.