Creative Writing and Publishing MA

City University London
Course summary
1-2 years
9,000 GBP
Full time/part time
Next available date: September 2020 - London

Course description

Creative Writing and Publishing MA

Creative Writing and Publishing MA - a City University degree programme

This course is apt for professionals who have experience in writing and have worked in publishing before. Produce your own creative writing and scripts through skills developed through this course. Creative Writing and Publishing MA enables you to aspire to a professional role that will match your interests and draw upon all of your talents.

The course appeals to both established and aspiring writers who wish to develop their skills and knowledge further in commercial writing and essentials.

Students will gain working knowledge of the writing and print digital formats in publishing houses.

Suitability - Who should attend?

2:1 award or equivalent

For students whose first language is not English, an IELTS score of at least 7.0 is required (with 7.0 in the writing component).

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study. /p>

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

The programme offers Creative Writing and Publishing MA. Aspiring writers on the programme will enjoy exposure to agents, editors and others within both traditional and electronic publishing. We have a growing reputation for fostering professional writers, and several of our recent graduate students have gone on to win publishing contracts,

Recent graduate students have gone on to win publishing contracts

  • Aaron Eske (Palgrave )
  • Iman Verjee (One World)
  • Peter Moore (Chatto and Windus)
  • Bridget O'Donnell (Picador)
  • Kusumanjali Ravindranath (HarperCollins India)
  • N. Pickford (Weidenfeld and Nicolson)
  • Anne H. Putnam (Faber and Faber)
  • Kate Worsley (Bloomsbury).
Among our graduates, others are currently employed in journalism, in teaching creative writing in higher education and in the voluntary sector, and in other related fields.

For those who are interested in pursuing publishing as a career, the option of a work placement within the industry provides invaluable work experience and professional contacts. We have for many years supported the career prospects of our publishing graduates via supportive links with our industry advisory board as well as alumni. Former MA Publishers are currently employed in companies as diverse as Faber, Penguin, Random House, HarperCollins and many others.

This course will enable you to...

Previous graduates have gone on to study towards MBAs, PhDs and other Masters, or to complete teaching qualifications. A number of Creative Writing MA students are also currently undertaking PhDs by Creative Practice.

Training Course Content

You will acquire knowledge and understanding through a mix of formal lectures, writing workshops, individual tutorials, group project work, seminar contributions, study visits, work attachments, project work and independent learning and research. Visiting speakers, including guest authors, agents and publishing professionals, are invited regularly to support your learning and module projects and to contextualise other knowledge and skills you'll learn on the programme.

You will have the option of studying full-time over one year, or two years part-time. If you choose to study part-time, the first year will focus on modules which develop your understanding of Storytelling and of the practice of Creative Writing in different genres.

Term 1

You will start two core modules, which extend into term two:

  • Storytelling module
  • Creative Writing Workshop.

In your other term one modules you will join the MA Publishers in modules called Creating and Managing Intellectual Property and Digistisation and Publishing.

Term 2

You will choose from modules options:

  • Including a Professional Placement
  • Developing Creative Content module
  • Designing Interactive Media module.

The Creative Writing Workshop module builds on the format of our successful MAs in Creative Writing by asking you to complete short writing assignments for review by the module leader as well as by your peers. For this and the Storytelling module, you will be assessed through an individual assessment, which may include a portfolio of creative writing, a substantial piece of redrafted creative writing with an accompanying self-reflective essay or a critical academic essay or a researched book proposal.

In your other modules, you will be assessed by a range of methods including analytical essays; assessed group and individual projects; presentations with supporting research; and reflective reports on your own portfolios of writing or professional experience.


The cost of the programme is:

  • Full-time EU: £9,000
  • Part-time EU: £5,000 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £15,000
  • Part-time Non EU: £TBC


  • Graduate Loyalty Discount: The School of Arts & Social Sciences offer a 10% discount on tuition fees for all City graduates
  • Scholarship opportunities will be available for UK/EU and international students looking to study postgraduate courses in the School of Arts & Social Sciences starting in September 2015. Further details will be published here shortly.

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