Our wide-ranging postgraduate courses provide a friendly, supportive and intellectually stimulating environment for all UK and international postgraduate students.

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Master's Programmes in English Literature and Creative Writing

The Department has three Master’s programmes, one in English Literature, with pathways ranging from the Medieval to the Contemporary, and two within Creative Writing, one of which is by Distance Learning.

All teaching on our in-person programmes takes place on our beautifully landscaped campus, at the heart of which is the award-winning University Library with its bespoke Postgraduate Study Space.

Students on our in-person MAs also enjoy our rich programme of free literary events, many of which take place in Lancaster’s historic Castle Quarter. Our venues here include not only the spectacular Castle but also the beautiful medieval Priory and, indeed, The Storey, a wonderful Victorian-build arts centre, where students can drop-anchor at the Postgraduate Study Hub.

Finally, Lancaster-based students benefit from being close to the Lake District, home of the Romantic poets and indeed the archive-rich Wordsworth Trust, with whom we have a formal partnership, offering our students an annual study-day, all-year-round free entrance, and four residential internships.

A study space in our university library
A study space in our university library

MA in English Literary Studies

Students can choose to study a range of modules, a supervised research project or to combine English Literary Studies with Creative Writing.

MA in Creative Writing

We offer two distinct programmes in Creative Writing and the opportunity to combine the study of Creative Writing with English Literary Studies.

Make sure you select the right programme for you by reviewing our courses in more detail.

  • Duration: are you looking for full time or part time study?
  • Location: do you want campus based or distance learning study?
  • Mode of study: would you prefer to choose from a range of modules, or work on one creative for the duration of the course?

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‌MA Creative Writing (Modular)

This innovative course offers you the opportunity to pursue a range of literary forms, choosing flexible study options within our long-established Creative Writing programme. As a member of a literary community undertaking a range of writing forms and styles, you will hone your creative skills whilst engaging with visiting writers and publishing professionals.

  • Duration: Full-time & part-Time available
  • Location: Campus based
  • Mode of Study: Modular

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MA Creative Writing (Distance Learning)

The Lancaster Distance Learning MA has rapidly evolved into an international programme, linking students working in diverse literary forms through virtual learning. You will be allocated a specialist tutor, be taught by participatory online methods, and attend a residential Summer School.

  • Duration: Part-time only
  • Location: Distance Learning (summer school on campus)
  • Mode of Study: Independent

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MA Creative Writing with English Literary Studies

This course provides a rare opportunity to combine creative and critical writing at Master's level. It is your chance to learn from tutors who are leading experts in English Literary Studies and from experienced, published authors who teach on our Creative Writing programme.

  • Duration: Full-time & part-time available
  • Location: Campus based
  • Mode of Study: Modular

How to Apply

To apply for an MA or PhD programme please use the Lancaster University online application portal. For advice on what to include in an application, please see the programme entry requirements found on the course listings. 

Guidance on How to Apply

Postgraduate Fees & Funding

Lancaster has a wide range of funding opportunities and offers scholarships and bursaries such as the Alumni Loyalty Scholarship and Postgraduate Loan Scheme. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences also offers a scholarship scheme, whilst external funding is available for PhD students from the AHRC.

Faculty Funding

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers a Postgraduate scholarship scheme, whilst external funding is available for PhD students from the AHRC. Forms and further information on these funding schemes can be found on the Faculty funding website. The Department contact for scholarship enquiries is:

Faculty Funding

Have a question about MA or PhD Study?

Further support is available via the 'How to Apply' link. If you have any questions about the programmes please email If you have any questions regarding the application process, or entry requirements please contact the University Postgraduate Admissions Team, email


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