Creative Writing (Novels) MA

City University London
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9,000 GBP
Full time
Next available date: September 2020 - London

Course description

Creative Writing (Novels) MA

Creative Writing (Novels) MA - a City University degree programme

An MA in Creative Writing (Novels) provides supportive and thought-provoking environment for novelists to hone their skills in writing with unique approaches to writing and publishing novels.

One of the unique features of this course is the intake of students who are mostly established writers and have published one novel at least. The programme emphasis is on workshops, seminars and publishing of a novel by the end of the course.

Suitability - Who should attend?

You will usually have a Bachelor degree, in any subject. But successful completion of a certificate course in creative writing or relevant experience is equally acceptable. The prime criteria are proven writing ability and a commitment to devoting two years to completing a novel. You will be required to submit a sample of your writing and to attend an interview or (if overseas) to participate by telephone.The writing sample should be 5,000 words at most. Ideally it would be a section - probably the opening - of a novel, but it is equally acceptable if it is a short story. Shorter length pieces may also be submitted but as this is a course which focuses on writing a full-length novel (minimum 60,000 words), the more sustained the writing sample, the better.

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.

Six years of students have now graduated from the Creative Writing (Novels) MAand they have gone on to publish:

  • She Rises by Kate Worsley (Bloomsbury)
  • The Road To Wigan Pier Revisited by Stephen Armstrong (Constable)
  • The Last Telegram by Liz Trenow (Avon at Harper Collins)
  • Flight from Berlin by David John (Harper Collins)
  • The Dancing Boy by Ishani Kar-Purkayastha (Harper Collins India)
  • The Half-Slave by Trevor Bloom (Hookline)
  • The Drowning Pool by Syd Moore (Avon at Harper Collins)
  • Beautiful from This Angle by Maha Khan Phillips (Penguin India and Albin Michel, France)

Training Course Content

The course is designed for writers with some experience who would now like to go the extra mile and complete a novel. We do not therefore teach or examine short stories. This is a course for people who want to write full-length novels.Most importantly, every year, an anthology of excerpts from all the students' novels is published in the final term: this is presented in a showcase evening and then distributed to every literary agent in London and, for overseas students, the agents in their home cities as well (in the recent past our anthology has been sent to New York, Toronto and Sydney).


  • Fundamentals of fiction and experiments in style
  • Experiments of Style
  • Storytelling
  • Reading as Writer
  • Complete novel

This is a two-year course.
Each year consists of three ten-week terms.

During Terms 1 and 2, workshops, lectures and tutorials are held on two evenings a week. These are principally concerned with extending your skills, understanding of the novel form and awareness of creative possibilities; along with analysing the work of leading writers and exploring that work through a variety of exercises, all of which are designed to put aside your default writing style and encourage you to experiment with all the other possible approaches to writing fiction.

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.

Read the full 2014 programme specification.


The cost of the programme is:

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


  • 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.


An annual prize of £1,500 and agent representation is offered by a leading London literary agency.

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