Creative Writing Crime Fiction
University of East Anglia
Key Course Facts
About This Course
Imagine writing an innovative full-length novel under the guidance of award-winning crime writers and experienced creative writing tutors. All without relocating or giving up work.
UEA’s part-time, low-residency MA Creative Writing Crime Fiction gives you unique flexibility with a distance-learning course supported by residencies. You’ll take the course via a specially designed, highly inclusive online platform, with three 2-day residential periods per year, circumstances permitting.
Our residencies have involved visits from literary agents and editors as well as professional writers such as Lee Child, Ian Rankin, Arne Dahl, Denise Mina, Dreda Say Mitchell, Cath Staincliffe, and Yrsa Siguroardottir.
By the end of the course you will have a draft of a full-length work, a stronger self-awareness as a writer and critic, and a greatly increased chance of publication.
The Creative Writing programme at UEA was the first of its kind in the UK and is distinguished by the unrivalled success of its alumni, who include the 2017 Nobel Laureate Kazuo Ishiguro, and his fellow Booker Prize-winners Ian McEwan and Anne Enright. We introduced the first MA in 1970, the first PhD in 1987, and students now join us from all over the world.
The MA Crime Fiction builds on our world-leading expertise, presenting you with the unique opportunity to further your knowledge and skills within the highly dynamic crime genre. We have now embedded critical crime fiction and non-fiction modules across most levels of taught study within the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing, and doctoral research and supervision in the area is also growing at UEA. Plus, we’re a founding partner of Noirwich, Norwich’s annual crime writing festival, which takes place in September, coinciding with the September residential period.
The principal aim of the course is to help you develop a deeper understanding of the craft and context of producing exceptional crime writing, and have an enhanced critical awareness. By the end of the course you will have become more adept and more self-aware in your own practice and you will have completed a draft of a full-length novel.
You will become fully conversant with all aspects of being a professional writer, and – like all UEA creative writing students – will enjoy greatly enhanced prospects of publication on graduation. Our course builds on our extensive connections with publishers and agents.
Course details are subject to change. You should always confirm the details on the provider's website: www.uea.ac.uk
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 Crime Fiction, MA, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.
A good Honours degree at a minimum 2.1 level or equivalent is preferred, but not essential. Applicants must also submit a sample of their work (up to 5,000 words - this does not have to be crime writing focused, but must be prose fiction). All applicants who are not a British national and/or whose first language is not English will need to demonstrate a suitable level of English language proficiency. This is equivalent to an IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components and 7.0 in writing, although we do accept many other types of qualifications or tests. In accordance with the UK Border Agencies Tier 4 visa guidelines, we will also waive the English language requirement for applicants who meet the defined nationality test or who have completed a degree level course in one of the listed countries. For a full list of these, as well as the qualifications / tests that we will consider, please visit our website.
Tuition Fees Creative Writing Crime Fiction MA
Additional fee information
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faculty admissions office to find out whether a part-time option is available for your course.
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 East Anglia
The University of East Anglia (UEA) is a government funded research university located in Norwich, England. The university operates from a single campus site which includes the Norwich Research Park and the Bob Champion Research and Education Building, as well a 24-hour library, a concert and gig venue, and the on-campus accommodation.
Student composition of University of East Anglia
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
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