• Application Deadline
  • 12 months


Reasons to study Creative Writing MA at DMU:

  • Specialist areas of study - provide an opportunity to develop advanced skills in your chosen genre, and to experiment with different forms of writing.
  • Specialist staff with international reputations - as published writers in areas ranging from poetry, fiction, memoir, script to graphic novels
  • Research and transferable skills - are developed through creative projects, practical training in writing for publication, professional and theoretical strands to the programme
  • Work experience and placement opportunities - are available to all MA students
  • Preparation for further study - as the MA, with its focus on individual research, provides ideal preparation for progression to PhD
  • International opportunity - through #DMUglobal where you will have the opportunity for a meaningful international experience

The Creative Writing MA at De Montfort University is a practice led programme with taught modules and extended projects, giving students the chance to develop their writing in chosen areas, or experiment with new forms and genres. Students will follow craft and writing industry focused modules, and have the chance to explore other specialisms via a module audit, or a carry out a negotiated project driven by their own interests. 

There are modules in research skills for writers, which help students shape and grow their projects and give them a theoretical basis to discuss and conceptualise their own work. Towards the end of the course, students have the chance to carry out an extended piece of creative work independently, with tutor guidance and feedback. 

Graduate careers

Students can undertake careers in a range of areas, including events management, teaching and further research including PhD research.They may also find publication or production opportunities for their writing, or may also choose to publish, crowdfund or perform their work independently. 

Many writers create their own portfolio career, with activities and self-employment in a number of areas.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Developing Writing: Craft, Form and Genre / Exploratory Writing
  • The Writing Ecosystem: Navigating networks
  • Researching as a Writer: Icebergs and Audience
  • The Writing Ecosystem: Performance, Presentation, Pedagogy
  • Developing Writing: Case Study / Negotiated Module
  • Researching as a Writer: Practising ideas, articulating practice 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Schedule IELTS

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • You will be asked for a sample of creative work and a personal statement. Recent graduates should have the equivalent of a 2.2 or above UK bachelor’s honours degree, although we welcome students without a degree who can evidence an ongoing writing practice. 
  • If you have other professional qualifications and/or industry experience we will consider your application on an individual basis. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13600 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5300 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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  • EU/EEA - £422 per 15 credits (part-time) per year.

Living costs for Leicester

  • 751 - 1430 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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