What Will You Study

The MA Creative Writing with English Literary Studies provides a rare opportunity to combine creative and critical writing at Masters level. It’s your chance to learn from the prize-winning, practising authors who lead our long-established Creative Writing scheme and to engage with a vibrant literary culture.

During your studies you will develop strategies for initiating new work, explore verbal textures and narrative structures, and enhance your knowledge of literary forms and conventions. You will hone your critical and creative skills, employ reflective practice, and learn the art of redrafting, revision and close editing. The nature of research within creative writing practice will also be considered as you evolve your own creative and critical portfolio.

Core modules are Research Methods and Professional Practice, which examine the professional and ethical issues around creative writing and help you to develop your reflective practice skills. Four elective modules are then split between Creative Writing and English Literary Studies - those on offer explore a wide range of literary fields and genres, including Psychogeographies, Short Fiction, Poetry, Landscape Writing, the Lyric Essay, Radio Drama, Modern, Contemporary, Romantic, Victorian and Early Modern Literature.

You will also complete a Creative Writing dissertation, which is a 15,000 creative project (or the equivalent for Poetry or Script Writing) and includes a critically reflective essay of 3-5,000 words. All students deliver a research-based talk at our annual MA Showcase - previous events have been held in partnership with Lancaster LitFest and the Dukes theatre.

Your postgraduate degree prepares you for careers in journalism, publishing, reading development, community arts and public relations, as well as PhD research. The critical and creative skills developed through your studies will also enhance your employability.

Part time and full time study options are available.