How to apply

University Application Procedures

To apply for a postgraduate place at Lancaster University, you should use our Postgraduate Admissions Portal. You will be able to upload whatever supporting documents you have, directly into the system.

It is also recommended that you visit the postgraduate pages for full details of our courses, entry requirements and other information about studying at Lancaster.

Creative Writing MA Applications (Campus and Distance)

A first degree is normally a pre-requisite for entry onto the MA course, though this can be in any subject. You will be asked to give details of your academic background, work experience, and an outline of what you hope to achieve on the MA. You will also be asked to supply references. The application form should be returned with the following:

  • references
  • an authorised copy of your degree transcript
  • a short CV
  • a covering letter
  • a sample of creative work (no more than 12 poems or 20 pages of prose/scriptwriting)

Applying to the PhD in Creative Writing

Potential candidates for the PhD in Creative Writing should be experienced writers and will usually hold an MA in Creative Writing or other relevant subject at Merit or Distinction level and/or publications in book form or in literary magazines or anthologies. Candidates should have an original proposal for research which will include research questions relating to both the creative and critical components of the proposal.

Before applying, please consult this document: CW PhD Application Guidelines which gives guidelines on the structure of the proposal. You may also wish to informally contact a potential supervisor for guidance before submitting your application form online.

Further Information

Information on applying to our Postgraduate courses can be obtained from the University’s How to Apply website.

English Language Requirements

Overall IELTS of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each element.