M.A. On Campus

Creative Writing and Publishing

12 months
16780 GBP/year
10280 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Sharpen your business knowledge alongside your creative writing skills and become equipped to work in publishing. If you are a working writer, knowing how the modern commercial industry works will improve your chances of success. This Creative Writing and Publishing programme from City, University of London gives you practical publishing experience and hones your creative practice.


In this Creative Writing and Publishing programme from City, University of London you will be introduced to the fast-paced world of commercial publishing and learn the how the different sectors of the publishing industry fit together.

The digital publishing element shows you how social media and web publishing is vital to finding and sustaining your community of readers.

We aim to improve your skills as a creative writer, particularly as a writer of short stories and novels. You will build the skills and experience needed to better engage with the publishing industry and work within it.


When you graduate with the Creative Writing and Publishing MA your career prospects will be significantly enhanced.

Whether you aim to pursue writing professionally or work in the publishing industry, you will have the skills and knowledge to succeed.

Our graduates have secured publishing contracts across the world in various different genres.

These include Carlie Sorosiak, whose young adult novel If Birds Fly Back was published by HarperTeen in the US, Macmillan in the UK, Penguin Random House in Spain, and Arena Verlag in Germany.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Creative Writing Workshop 
  • The Role of Editorial and Production: Managing Authors, Lists & Intellectual Property
  • Digital Publishing 
  • Reading as a Writer 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

Within your application you will be expected to submit the following:

  • A copy of your degree transcript. We require an original transcript or a copy certified by your institution. If you have not yet graduated, you will be required to send us your degree transcript as soon as it is available. You will not be able to register as a City student without having supplied your degree transcript
  • A sample of creative writing between 3,000-5,000 words
  • You may need to attend an interview, in person, or by phone.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16780 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16780 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    10280 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10280 GBP per year during 12 months.

Part-time per year

  • UK: £5,140
  • Overseas/EU: £8,390

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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