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MA in Writing


Degree Overview

The MA in Writing at Warwick is one of the most successful and highly-rated programmes of its kind in the world. 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. Take a look at our application FAQs.

Attracting students from around the world, our flexible MA in Writing offers two possible pathways:

Route A (Module Pathway)

Five modules (an Optional Core in writing, Research for Writing, plus three others) in which a wide range of written work is produced. Part-time students on Route A will normally take two taught modules (one per term) plus Research for Writing in Year 1 and two taught modules (one per term) in Year 2.

Route B (Long Project Pathway)

Three modules (an Optional Core in writing, Research for Writing, plus one other module), plus a long written project in any genre which the Programme is able to supervise. Permission to follow the Long Project route depends on an assessment of your prior experience of writing and of a proposal submitted before the course begins, as well as on the availability of a qualified supervisor(s), who will supervise you during the spring and summer terms. Part-time students on Route B will normally take two taught modules (one per term) plus Research for Writing in Year 1 and work on their Long Project in Year 2.

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.

What will you be learning?

Optional Core Modules:

There are no fixed core modules for this programme, but all students take an Optional Core module in writing, either Fiction Workshop 1 or another writing module. A short course in Research for Writing is compulsory but not for credit.

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

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

An annual anthology

Each year, the MA group produce an anthology of new writing derived from work done during their time at Warwick. The tenth edition, Between the Lines, will launch in 2020. 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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