Creative Writing (MSc, Online)

Our internationally recognised postgraduate degree in creative writing is now available online to study, wherever you are in the world, as a three-year, part-time programme. The programme enables you to focus in depth on your creative practice, at a pace that allows for work and family commitments.

This online programme offers the same qualification as the on-campus programme but the content and method of delivery are designed for online learning.

You will be taught individually through tutor–student consultations; in small groups for writing forums; and as a class or half-class for webinars.

The programme will combine synchronous and asynchronous activities. Time zones will be taken into consideration.

You will spend on average between 10 and 12 hours a week on coursework.

The programme includes winter, spring and summer breaks from teaching.

We begin with a four-day virtual summer school which offers a number of real-time and self-paced activities, including familiarisation with Moodle, our virtual learning environment.

The main focus of the programme is your creative practice, and you will hone your skills through consultations with your tutor and through participation in webinars and writing forums with your fellow students. In the first two years you will also take a literary studies course tailored to your chosen strand.

During year three you will work towards your dissertation portfolio. You will work with a degree of autonomy but regular feedback sessions and writing forums will continue.

On completion of the programme you will have:

  • advanced creative strategies and technical skills
  • addressed a wide range of questions relating to creative practice
  • extended editorial and literary critical skills
  • completed a substantial body of quality work

Having developed your creative skills in this programme, and gained insights into the publishing industry, you will be better equipped to tackle the competitive world of creative writing. You may decide to extend your studies to the doctoral level and pursue a career in academia. Alternatively, you may follow your own creative agenda, with the aim of joining the ranks of published authors.

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent or an appropriate and acceptable professional qualification to level 10 or above on the SCQF framework or equivalent.

For applicants entering at year two of the programme:

  • A professional Accounting qualification equivalent to level 11 on the SCQF framework (or equivalent framework) and holding current membership of an internationally recognised professional accounting organisation which is associated with IFAC (International Federation of Accountants)

We may also consider your application if you hold a professional accounting qualification, but do not hold current membership of an internationally recognised professional accounting organisation, if you can demonstrate up to date continuous professional development (CPD) requirements of a recognised professional accounting organisation.

We may also consider your application if you do not hold a professional accounting qualification but do hold a relevant professional qualification equivalent to level 11 on the SCQF framework or equivalent.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:

  • an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration
  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 20 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 67 (at least 56 in each of the “Communicative Skills” sections)
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 169 in each module)
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than two and a half years old at the beginning of your degree programme. Language tests must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.

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