Creative Writing by Independent Project MA - 2020 Entry

Entry Year

Full time 12 Month(s)

Course Overview

Please note that due to the current global situation with Covid-19 and the restrictions on international travel, our next cohort will now start in October 2021. You are welcome to apply to start the programme then or alternatively you may be interested in joining one of our other Creative Writing masters programmes in October 2020.

This course offers an exciting opportunity for you to pursue an independent writing project in your chosen literary form. Your development as a writer will be supported by a specialist tutor, who will facilitate a combination of group workshops and personal supervision.

This course will suit you if you have a clear and well developed idea for a longer project which you are ready to commit to for the duration of you course. This could be a novel, a collection of short stories, poems or flash fictions, a memoir or a script. It also gives you the opportunity to gain personalised support from a group of writers as they sustain work on a single project.

If you are more interested in learning a variety of forms and genres, then the Creative Writing MA (modular) is likely to be more suited to your needs.

You will also complete the Research Training and Professional Practice in Creative Writing module across the first two terms of your course alongside students enrolled on the MA in Creative Writing (modular) and students on combined programmes. Previously, as part of this module a number of professional writers and industry professionals have visited the module throughout the academic year giving talks in their specialist genres, hosting workshops to stimulate new work or providing insight and advice in areas of prose fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and other literary forms.

You will be working towards the submission of a creative project of up to 30000 words (or script and poetry equivalent) and a reflective essay of up to 5000 words.

Course Structure

Detailed module information for this postgraduate programme will follow shortly. However, if you have any questions please contact the department.



Location Full Time (per year) Part Time (per year)
UK/EU £8,920 n/a
Overseas £18,800 n/a

The University will not increase the Tuition Fee you are charged during the course of an academic year.

If you are studying on a programme of more than one year's duration, the tuition fees for subsequent years of your programme are likely to increase each year. The way in which continuing students' fee rates are determined varies according to an individual's 'fee status' as set out on our fees webpages.

What are tuition fees for?

Studying at a UK University means that you need to pay an annual fee for your tuition, which covers the costs associated with teaching, examinations, assessment and graduation.

The fee that you will be charged depends on whether you are considered to be a UK, EU or overseas student. Visiting students will be charged a pro-rata fee for periods of study less than a year.

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12 month session, which usually runs from October to September the following year.

How does Lancaster set overseas tuition fees?

Overseas fees, alongside all other sources of income, allow the University to maintain its abilities across the range of activities and services. Each year the University's Finance Committee consider recommendations for increases to fees proposed for all categories of student and this takes into account a range of factors including projected cost inflation for the University, comparisons against other high-quality institutions and external financial factors such as projected exchange rate movements.

What support is available towards tuition fees?

Lancaster University's priority is to support every student in making the most of their education. Many of our students each year will be entitled to bursaries or scholarships to help with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. You can find out more about financial support, studentships, and awards for postgraduate study on our website.

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