24 months
5000 GBP/year
5000 GBP/year
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University of East Anglia’s low-residency MA in Creative Writing Crime Fiction (Part Time) 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 two-day residential periods per year. 

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The Creative Writing Crime Fiction (Part Time)  programme at the University of East Anglia 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 crime/thriller 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 MA Crime Fiction is to help you develop a deeper understanding of the craft and context of producing 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 will have completed a draft of a full-length novel.

During the course you will become fully conversant with all aspects of being a professional writer, and will enjoy – like all UEA Creative Writing students – greatly enhanced prospects of publication on graduation. Our course builds on our extensive connections with publishers and agents.


  • Novelist
  • Creative writing teacher
  • Literary agent or publisher
  • Journalist
  • Arts administrator
  • Public relations

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • A Creative Approach To Crime Writing 
  • A Critical Approach To Crime Writing
  • A Public Approach To Crime Writing 
  • A Theoretical And Practical Approach To Crime Writing

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Degree Classification Bachelors (Hons) degree - 2.1 or equivalent preferred but not essential
  • Special Entry Requirements Sample of work 
  • Candidates will be expected to submit a portfolio of writing for assessment of between 3000 and 5000 words, which could be part of a novel in progress or a piece or pieces of short fiction. This does not have to be crime writing focused but must be prose fiction.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    5000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10000 GBP for the full programme during 24 months.
  • National

    5000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10000 GBP for the full programme during 24 months.

Course part-time on a two-year basis. Course fee charged £5,000 per academic year.

Living costs for Norwich

609 - 1044 GBP /month
Living costs

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


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