Creative Writing (Non-Fiction) MA

City University London
Course summary
2 years
5,500 GBP
Full time
Next available date: September 2020 - London

Course description

Creative Writing (Non-Fiction) MA

Creative Writing (Non-Fiction) MA - a City University degree programme

MA in Creative Writing (Non-Fiction) provides important skills and development opportunities for professionals in research and writing. Students will get to learn from experiments in writing narrative non-fiction and details about reflections on work.

In addition, the candidates will get a thorough understanding of the publishing industry.

Suitability - Who should attend?

You will normally have a UK honours degree (in any subject) or the overseas equivalent. But successful completion of a certificate course in creative writing, or a professional qualification, or relevant experience may also be acceptable. The prime criteria are proven ability and commitment.

You will need to submit 5,000 words of non-fiction and may need to attend an interview as part of the application process. (Overseas applicants may be interviewed by telephone.)

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.

Citizens from states other than Europe/Switzerland are may need to go for entry or visa applications

The way to 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: Those requiring a Tier 4 student visa for studying in the UK, cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

The programme offers Creative Writing (Non-Fiction) MA. Former creative writing students have gone on to win prizes and have work published:

  • Peter Moore's book (developed on the MA) Damn His Blood: Being a True and Detailed History of the Most Barbarous and Inhumane Murder at Oddingley and the Quick and Awful Retribution was published by Chatto & Windus in 2012. Watch a video trailer about Peter's book
  • Bridget O'Donnell's book Inspector Minahan Makes a Stand: The Missing Girls of England was published by Pan Macmillan in 2012
  • Aaron Eske's memoir about international adoption, My Family: A Symphony was published by Palgrave in December 2010

Training Course Content

The course focuses on writing and research skills including identifying a subject, using archives, exploring genres and structuring material. You will also learn how to prepare a manuscript for publishers and agents.

It offers a taught component,one-to-one-tutoring, workshops and opportunities to hear guest speakers. The course advisors, made up of leading figures from the non-fiction world, provide you with expert advice and direct exposure to the publishing industry.


  • Fundamentals of Non-Fiction
  • The Process of Writing
  • Storytelling
  • Literary Criticism
  • Complete Book

Read the full 2014 programme specification.

Teaching is based around a mix of practical workshops, seminars and lectures. All this is supported by one-to-one tutorials and by independent study: notably reading and preparing presentations on set texts and performing set writing exercises. As the course progresses, the emphasis shifts to independent study and is supported by workshops and one-to-one tutorials.

Central to all three Creative Writing MA courses is the requirement to finish a full-length novel, memoir, play or screenplay. The course culminates in a showcase of your work to an audience of industry professionals and other interested parties.

Read the full 2014 programme specification.


The cost of the programme is:

  • Full-time EU: £5,500*
  • Full-time Non EU: £7,500*

* The fees listed above are per year.


  • Graduate Loyalty Discount: The School of Arts & Social Sciences offer a 10% discount on tuition fees for all City graduates.


Students can apply for two industry-sponsored awards, which may lead to agent representation and cash prizes.

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