University of Derby
Key Course Facts
100% of students said that they were overall satisfied with this course, according to the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey, 2021
The programme offers you a range of tutor and peer-led opportunities to produce new writing and critically reflect on that practice. We focus on the expressive potential and persuasive power of language whilst encouraging you to critically explore texts and their relationship to the world.
The course will develop writing; be that in prose, poetry, life writing, creative non-fiction, script-writing or in combination or discussion across these forms. In addition, two industry-specific pathways have been developed to focus on employability in specific sectors: Creative Writing for Gaming focuses on script and narrative design in digital games.
Creative Writing with Publishing allows students to work on the production of books by taking two modules from our successful and well-regarded MA Publishing. The degree without a specialist pathway maintains a strong focus on employability. Everyone gets the opportunity to pitch their work one-to-one to a literary agent. Furthermore, all students receive advice and guidance from working writers who will take you through contracts and tax, the business of publishing and how to run a workshop.
Entry Requirements / Admissions
Requirements for international students / English requirements
IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)
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Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Creative Writing, MA, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.
The entry requirement to this programme is a good honours degree (1st or 2:1) in any subject, or its international equivalent. Applications may be considered if you have a 2:2 honours degree and/or can demonstrate significant experience with creative writing or related industry experience or aptitude. Such students would have plans for a creative project, which they would wish to follow through to completion. The university welcomes applications from every sector of society. It is important that we get to know you, your aspirations and your expectations. Therefore, before being accepted on to the programme all applicants will be invited to an informal interview to discuss the course, the nature of the programme, and what will be expected of you during it. You may be expected to bring a small sample of your writing, between 1,000 to 2,000 words to this interview, which will normally take place at the university campus, but special arrangements may be made if you have difficulty attending. While a good, competent all round standard of English is expected, if English is not your first language you will need to have passed the International English Language Teaching System (IELTS) at the overall level IELTS 6.5, including a minimum score of 5.5 in each test category. (Where appropriate the university’s International Admissions office can give further details, including information regarding approved IELTS test centres.) The English language qualification required by this programme is at a higher level than that required for other university programmes: the reason for this is that throughout the MA Creative Writing programme you will have to work with the English language at an advanced level.
Tuition Fees Creative Writing MA
Additional fee information
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 University of Derby
The University of Derby is a publicly owned university located in the city of Derby, England. The university’s main campus is in Allestree, a suburbian zone in Derby itself, and is situated directly opposite the popular Markeaton Park where many students enjoy going for a walk in their free time.
Student composition of University of Derby
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|
|Biography and Creative Non-Fiction MA||University of East Anglia||79%||0%||0%||£7850||£16400||162||Norwich||On campus Part-time|
|Creative Writing MA||Birmingham City University||79%||0%||0%||£7900||£16300||162||Birmingham||On campus Full-time|
|Creative Writing MFA (PG)||Kingston University||79%||0%||0%||£9200||£14900||162||Kingston upon Thames||On campus Full-time|
|Creative Writing and Publishing MA (Hons)||University of Lincoln||79%||0%||0%||£12000||£12000||162||Lincoln||On campus Full-time|
|MA Creative Writing MA||University of Reading||79%||0%||0%||£9250||£18650||162||Reading||On campus Full-time|
|Creative Writing MA||Durham University||79%||0%||0%||£5940||£12265||162||Durham||On campus Part-time|
|Creative Writing MA||Brunel University||79%||0%||0%||£4240||£8935||162||Uxbridge||On campus Part-time|