12 months
9850 GBP/year
7100 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Creative Writing programme at the University of Stirling offers you the opportunity to produce a body of work – poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction – over the course of an inspiring and stimulating year.

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On this Creative Writing Masters course at the University of Stirling , you’ll learn to produce fine, nuanced writing and a body of work in either poetry, fiction or creative non-fiction. We combine intensive writers’ workshops, technique-focused classes and one-to-one tuition by distinguished writers, along with fascinating and useful visits from authors, agents and publishers to help you on your creative journey.

The course is designed to develop your writing talent. It allows you to intensively focus on a project while engaging with a range of genres and working practices that draw upon our rich expertise in contemporary literature, publishing, film, media and journalism. You’ll also develop skills in listening, editing and peer feedback.

Our course is open to all, whether you’re already well established in your career, starting out on your creative journey or want to take our MLitt later in life to enhance your skills and explore new creative prospects. 

After you graduate

The graduates leave the course with a sizeable portfolio of written work that can be used to contact publishing agents and literary magazines when seeking employment.

They also find a place for their creativity in many areas, including teaching, broadcasting, librarianship, publishing and community work. Many choose to become self-employed as writers and tutors. Some develop their interest further by studying for a PhD.

The MLitt Creative Writing graduates are highly literate self-managers capable of realising sustained projects using their own initiative and creativity. By the end of the course, you’ll have developed skills in:

Communication and presentation

You’ll be able to articulate complex ideas and information in imaginative, comprehensible and entertaining forms. You’ll also have improved communication skills letting you present ideas in verbal and written forms to audiences in a range of situations, as well as being able to encourage, evaluate and assist with the work of others.


You’ll be proficient in working independently, setting goals and meeting deadlines. You’ll use your creativity and imagination to meet challenges and to respond positively to change and uncertainty.

Critical engagement

You’ll gain the ability to formulate independent judgements, articulate arguments and research relevant material, presenting your findings in engaging and innovative ways.

Programme Structure


  • Writing Poetry
  • The Art of Fiction
  • Writer's Workshop
  • The Writing Life
  • Research Skills for Writers

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

International applicants requiring a student visa are advised to apply at least eight weeks in advance of the start date.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum of a Second Class Honours degree (2:1 preferred) in a relevant subject or equivalent is required. If you don’t have these formal qualifications, but have significant relevant work and life experience, we still encourage you to apply. 
  • We require a sample of creative work as one of the academic requirements for entry
  • If you are choosing to study prose, we require up to ten pages (fiction or creative nonfiction). For poetry, we are looking for approximately eight poems. You can also send us half prose and half poetry as your sample.
  • Please note that journalistic, professional and children’s writing are not taught on the course – so writing in these forms should not be included in your writing sample.

  • The personal statement is an opportunity for you to share your background, experiences and, crucially, the types of contemporary literature that you like to read and which you aspire to write.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    9850 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9850 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    7100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7100 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Stirling

660 - 1140 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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