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MA in Writing


Degree Overview

Writing is a profession and a passion; it is also an act of community. Warwick’s MA in Writing introduces you to the real world of writing, surrounded and supported by writing staff and students who share your ambition. It will show you how to make your way in the world as a writer.

The MA in Writing at Warwick, founded in 1996 is one of the most successful and highly-rated programmes of its kind in the world, ranked first by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021. You will be joining a supportive and flourishing creative community, recognised for its academic excellence, with a packed programme of events and workshops through the year. You will develop your writing in a way that is geared towards your future professional life, whether in full-time authorship or in professions such as publishing, the media, or teaching.

You will be working alongside practising, award-winning novelists, poets and literary translators. Our teaching staff includes Lucy Brydon, Maureen Freely (formerly President and Chair of English PEN), Gonzalo C. Garcia, A.L. Kennedy, Jodie Kim, Tim Leach, David Morley (winner of the Ted Hughes Award 2015), Ian Sansom, Nell Stevens, and Dragan Todorovic (winner of the Nereus Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize and Astound International Poetry Prize).

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Our staff have excellent links not only with other writers but also with publishing houses, literary journals and agencies, with national and regional organizations such as the Arts Council, PEN and the Royal Literary Fund, and with other creative writing schools both in Britain and in the USA.

Many of our alumni have forged highly successful writing careers and picked up major national and international prizes: recent examples include Sophie Mackintosh's novel The Water Cure, Katy Whitehead winning the 2017 Fitzcarraldo Essay Prize, and Sohini Basak's debut collection We Live in the Newness of Small Differences winning the 2016 Beverly Series.

Warwick Thursdays

Every Thursday during Term 1 and 2, we have guests come and speak at our weekly literary salons. These include writers, editors, publishers, and other figures from the creative professions, and this provides an excellent opportunity for our students to learn more about the literary and creative industries.

What will you be learning?

Optional Core Modules:

Our MA in Writing is open to students from around the world and all students will study four taught modules at 30 CATS each (one optional core module from Fiction Workshop 1, Fiction Workshop 2, Nonfiction Workshop, Writing Poetry, plus three other taught modules of your choice) in addition to an independent writing project at 60 CATS for a total of 180 CATS.  

There are no fixed core modules for this programme, but all students take an Optional Core module in writing, either Fiction Workshop 1, Nonfiction Writing Workshop or another writing module.

Example of optional modules include but are not limited to:

  • Warwick Fiction Workshop 2
  • Writing Poetry
  • Writing about Human Rights and Injustice
  • Historical Fictions, Fictional Histories
  • The Practice of Literary Translation
  • Non-Fiction Workshop
  • Brave New Worlds: Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Crossing Borders
  • Writing for the Screen

You can find a list of all of the modules offered by the Warwick Writing Programme here.

* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.


We teach in writing workshops, seminars and one-to-one supervision. Space for reading, thinking and writing matters almost as much as teaching. Our campus is a good place for writers, with a wide range of creative spaces and events open throughout the year.

Most modules are assessed by portfolios of writing in the relevant genre with an accompanying reflective essay.

An annual anthology

Each year, the MA group produce an anthology of new writing derived from work done during their time at Warwick. You will get the chance to be involved in the production, editing, writing, and promotion of a new anthology, seeing your work in print and gaining some invaluable hands-on experience along the way.  

How to apply

Course Code

  • Full-time: P-Q3P7
  • Part-time: P-Q3P7P


Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 2 years

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements 2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject

In addition to the usual application materials, candidates will be selected on the basis of a personal statement and a portfolio of their written work. The portfolio should be around 5000 words of poetry or fiction, or a combination of the two. You must upload this with your online application form.

English language requirements Band C
IELTS overall score of 7.5, minimum component scores of two at 6.5/7.0 and the rest at 7.5 or above

International Students
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.

Location of Study

University of Warwick

Course Fees

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