Creative Writing (F71)
The Open University
Key Course Facts
This qualification is an opportunity to develop your skills as a writer in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and scriptwriting for film, radio and the stage. You'll be able to write in a genre of your choice and experiment with at least one other through practical and inspiring activities. You'll also hone your practice through sharing, reading and critiquing the writing of your peers in online forums. You’ll work towards producing a substantial piece of your own creative writing to a professional standard.
Key features of the course
Develop writing skills and awareness of approaches to writing
Progress and hone sophisticated writing skills in at least one genre
Gain a sound knowledge of, and ability in, a secondary genre
Engage in sharing, critiquing and reviewing a variety of writing by your peers
Prepare a substantial piece of work to a professional standard.
Entry Requirements / Admissions
Requirements for international students / English requirements
IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)
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You must hold a UK honours degree (or equivalent), preferably with at least a 2:1 classification. Although your degree does not need to be in Creative Writing or a closely related subject, you will need some knowledge of the subject to successfully complete this qualification, as the MA in Creative Writing assumes all candidates have the knowledge and skills usually acquired by pursuing the subject at undergraduate level. Please note that this is not a qualification for those who are just starting to write creatively. If your degree is not in Creative Writing or a closely related subject, we strongly recommend that you read the preparatory work indicated on the module MA Creative Writing part 1. You can find full module details by following the links to our website below. If you don’t have a Creative Writing degree, please also make sure that you provide evidence of your experience of writing – whether through short courses, workshops, or publications – when you apply.
Average student cost of living in the UK
|Water, gas electricity, internet (at home)||£50|
|Takeaways / food deliveries||£30|
|Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food)||£24|
|Holidays and weekend trips||£78|
|Transport within city||£17|
|Self-care / sports||£20|
|Stationary / books||£13|
|Mobile phone / internet||£13|
|Cable TV / streaming||£7|
|Average student cost of living||£1092|
London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.
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About The Open University
The Open University was established in 1969 in Milton Keynes, and is the largest university in the UK for undergraduate education. The OU is among the most prestigious distance-learning institutions in the United Kingdom, enjoying numerous awards and accreditations, including Triple Crown status for their Business School.
Student composition of The Open University
Students by level of study Academic year 2020/21 - Full-time equivalent student enrollments published by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on 10 February 2022
Where is this programme taught
|Program||University||Student satisfaction||Unemployed||Dropout||Tuition (UK)||Tuition (International)||UCAS Tariff||City|
|English and Creative Writing MA (Hons)||University of Dundee||75%||10%||10%||£9250||£19500||189||Dundee||On campus Full-time|
|Creative Writing MLitt||University of Aberdeen||79%||0%||0%||-||-||162||Aberdeen||On campus Full-time|
|English with Creative Writing MA (Hons)||University of Aberdeen||79%||0%||0%||-||-||162||Aberdeen||On campus Full-time|
|Creative and Critical Writing MA||Birkbeck, University of London||79%||0%||0%||£9030||£16380||162||London||On campus Full-time|
|Modern and Contemporary Literature (and optional Creative Writing) MA||University of Leicester||79%||0%||0%||£9500||£17500||162||Leicester||On campus Part-time|
|Playwriting MA||The University of York||79%||0%||0%||£8040||£18240||162||York||On campus Full-time|
|Creative Writing and Publishing MA||Kingston University||79%||0%||0%||£5291||£8690||162||Kingston upon Thames||On campus Part-time|
|Creative Writing Prose Fiction MA||University of East Anglia||79%||0%||0%||£7850||£16400||162||Norwich||On campus Full-time|
|Creative Writing and Publishing MA||City University London||79%||0%||0%||£5140||£8390||162||London||On campus Part-time|
|Creative Writing and the Writing Industries MA||Loughborough University of Technology||79%||0%||0%||£10100||£20800||162||Loughborough||On campus Full-time|