Professional Creative Writing MA 2020/21 entry

Course code:

AHT044

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

January 2021

 

Fees:
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Course code:

AHT044

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

January 2021

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321
Request information

Course code:

AHT044

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

January 2021

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321
Request information

Overview

Learn about the professional writing opportunities you can have in the publishing, communication and media industries and how to turn your skills into a career with a Creative Writing master’s.

The MA in Professional Creative Writing studied either full-time or part-time aims to enable students to develop their writing craft and hone their writing skills towards the real-world needs of the publishing, communication and media industries. The course covers traditional, contemporary and emerging forms of writing - from novel writing to the graphic novel and creative nonfiction; from playwriting to writing for television, screen and multimedia; from poetry to psychogeography and eco-writing; from crime writing to fantasy and horror.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

To ensure an optimised and continual student experience, the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. For courses due to start in September 2020, in light of Covid-19, we are currently preparing for courses to be delivered in a variety of forms, subject to Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority will be staff and student safety.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

The National Association of Writers in Education

The National Association of Writers in Education

Students become members of NAWE during their time on the course (additional fees may apply)

What our students say...

Studying on the Professional Creative Writing course has been an amazing journey. I would have never thought a master’s course to be such fun! My experience on the MA Professional Creative Writing has been exceptional: it is a course worth studying if you’re serious about becoming a writer!

Rashpreet Chane, student 2018-19

Course information

The MA Professional Creative Writing has been so named as to emphasise the professional aspects of creative writing: it is designed to enhance employability and focus is directed towards the development of students into professional writers.

 

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

The course covers traditional, contemporary and emerging forms of writing - from novel writing to the graphic novel and creative nonfiction; from playwriting to writing for television, screen and multimedia; from poetry to psychogeography and eco-writing; from crime writing to fantasy and horror.

The course can be taken either full-time or part-time.

Modules

  • The Novel and Creative Non-Fiction

  • Writing for Stage and Screen

  • Writing Genre Fiction

  • Emerging Writing Specialisms

  • Creative Dissertation

  • Working as a Professional Writer

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • Major mandatory modules in the key professional genres of narrative and dramatic writing (including ‘writing for television’), reflecting the real-world professional activities of writers and employability opportunities for writers
  • Classes are taught by a wide range of academics, writers and other industry professionals
  • Coursework outputs take industry ready forms, allowing students to develop a portfolio of writing for professional submission
  • Specific attention is given to commercial and related opportunities (professional networks, awards and competitions, submission windows, commissions and grants)
  • The module ‘Working as a Professional Writer’ has been developed in conjunction with the National Association of Writers in Education and is the only NAWE-endorsed module in the UK HE sector.

Teaching methods include: workshops, seminars, lectures and tutorials.
Eco-writing sessions will take place outside of the classroom. Specialist software is available for scriptwriting and screenwriting and there will be a large array of online materials and resources available. There will be guest lectures by industry professionals and themed trips. Writers’ retreats are an inclusive feature of this course: these give students the opportunity to study away from the University in locales of particular interest to the writer - in environments conducive to imaginative reception, reflection and creative production.

Meet our staff

Tim Kelly

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

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Assessment involves the production of creative and reflective writing. Creative outputs are normally in industry-ready forms. Assessment may vary depending upon the module.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

Students on this course can go on to work in the publishing, media and communication industries. A number of our students have obtained book deals with publishers.

There will normally be 9 contact hours per week with your tutors during semesters 1 and 2, plus intensive periods of writing on the writing retreats. During the third semester, you will be working on your creative dissertation with arranged tutorials with your supervisor. 

The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials.

As an innovative and enterprising institution, the University may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.

Students on this course go on not only a UK-based writers’ retreat, but a week-long international writers’ retreat. We have links with partner institutions overseas in Greece, Spain and the US.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


What our students say...

The writers retreat to Cornwall allowed me to create bonds with my classmates and gave us an opportunity to work on our writing in a relaxed environment. 

Aarushi Shetty, student 2018-19

Entry Requirements

Applicants to the Professional Creative Writing MA should normally possess a good honours degree (first class, 2.1 or equivalent) in a related discipline.


Candidates with professional or industry experience, and/or other relevant training and experience may be admitted with other qualifications. Mature and non-traditional entry students are welcome: applicants without formal qualifications but professional writing experience may be admitted on the basis of interview and submission of supporting material.

Applicants who can demonstrate considerable experience at an appropriate professional level but who do not have the formal academic entry qualifications may also be admitted, subject to an assessment of their application.

Applications are encouraged from all suitably qualified persons irrespective of age, race, gender or disability. The applications and admissions procedure conforms to the University's policy on equal opportunities. General requirements are in line with University Policy.

Portfolio

Students with a good honours degree from non-related disciplines are encouraged to apply on the basis of submission of a portfolio of creative work.

Applicants to the Professional Creative Writing MA should normally possess a good honours degree (first class, 2.1 or equivalent) in a related discipline.

Candidates with professional or industry experience, and/or other relevant training and experience may be admitted with other qualifications. Mature and non-traditional entry students are welcome: applicants without formal qualifications but professional writing experience may be admitted on the basis of interview and submission of supporting material.

Applicants who can demonstrate considerable experience at an appropriate professional level but who do not have the formal academic entry qualifications may also be admitted, subject to an assessment of their application.

Applications are encouraged from all suitably qualified persons irrespective of age, race, gender or disability. The applications and admissions procedure conforms to the University's policy on equal opportunities. General requirements are in line with University Policy.

Portfolio

Students with a good honours degree from non-related disciplines are encouraged to apply on the basis of submission of a portfolio of creative work.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Applicants to the Professional Creative Writing MA should normally possess a good honours degree (first class, 2.1 or equivalent) in a related discipline.

Candidates with professional or industry experience, and/or other relevant training and experience may be admitted with other qualifications. Mature and non-traditional entry students are welcome: applicants without formal qualifications but professional writing experience may be admitted on the basis of interview and submission of supporting material.

Applicants who can demonstrate considerable experience at an appropriate professional level but who do not have the formal academic entry qualifications may also be admitted, subject to an assessment of their application.

Applications are encouraged from all suitably qualified persons irrespective of age, race, gender or disability. The applications and admissions procedure conforms to the University's policy on equal opportunities. General requirements are in line with University Policy.

Portfolio

Students with a good honours degree from non-related disciplines are encouraged to apply on the basis of submission of a portfolio of creative work.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

What our students say...

There is something that must be commended about a postgraduate course where you can go from discussing the technical aspects of a screenplay one moment to talking about the nature of perception in the 21st century and have them both seem equally interesting and relevant. This happens with joyous regularity upon the MA for Professional Creative Writing and it is by far the best way to learn about writing.

Steffan Jenkins, student 2018-19

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


January 2021

£9,200 (per year)


UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


January 2021

£9,200 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


January 2021

£14,700 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

Please note:

  • This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include, but is not limited to, equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas).

EU student fees

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans
EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans
EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include, but is not limited to, equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas).

What our students say...

This course has prompted me to write things that I never would have considered on my own. It’s taught me about the publishing industry and given me contact with professionals. I’ve made friends, tried new modes of writing and, best of all, I’m getting a free trip to Greece out of it. Who could ask for anything more?

Rory Kelly, student 2018-19

Career prospects

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

You will have input from professional writers teaching on the course, who include the novelist Amanda Smyth, the playwright Alan Pollock and the YA fiction writer Lauren James, along with specialists in the publishing and media industries and the opportunity to meet and network with working writers and writing organisations. We have guest lectures and network events with Writing West Midlands.

You will be able to write across a range of contemporary and emerging forms and genres, and you will leave with a portfolio of assessed work in industry-ready format.

Placements are not normally available on the 1 year MA; however, the Employment Placement Tutor would be able to assist you to apply for related part-time and volunteering work.

Where our graduates work

Students on this course have secured jobs in the publication and media industries. One ex-student became a Head of English at  Access Creative College, others are teaching (including at university-level) and a number of our students have secured book publishing deals.

What our students say...

I enrolled on the Professional Creative Writing MA course because I had reached a point in my writing where I needed support and guidance on how to improve and polish my writing to industry standards. The advice I have received through seminars and workshops has been invaluable and taken my writing to a new level. The tutors, include established writers, whose knowledge has been insightful and constructive, enabled myself and another student to successfully secure a three book publishing deal.

Poppy Sall, part time student 2017-19
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 2020/21 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.