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Creative Writing

Manchester Metropolitan University

24 months
2667 GBP/module
1417 GBP/module
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On the Creative Writing programme from Manchester Metropolitan University , you will explore and practise techniques and styles of modern and contemporary writing and apply these through the development of your own full-length book or feature-length script.


MFA students undertake all of the elements of the Creative Writing programme from Manchester Metropolitan University (a taught element blending writing workshops with reading units, an elective, and a dissertation), then take an additional unit about the publishing, literary and arts industries and submit a full-length manuscript: a completed novel or short story collection, poetry collection, book for children or young adults, feature-length script for stage, screen or radio, or book of creative non-fiction.

You will be introduced to professionals from the publishing industries, which may include literary agents, publishers, broadcasters and arts practitioners, and the School has strong links with many major arts, educational and cultural organisations. Our MFA model is unparalleled in coaching students through the development and completion of a full-length book under the sustained guidance of distinguished, practising writers and seeing those students achieve success in publishing.

You will specialise in one of the following routes: Novel (including Short Fiction), Poetry, Writing for Children & Young Adults, Scriptwriting (for stage, screen or radio) or Creative Non-Fiction.

The MFA is available to complete over two years full-time or three years part-time. This course is available to study on campus (full-time or part-time) or online (part-time only). The main student intake is in September, but it is also possible to begin studying in January.


Established in 1998, The Manchester Writing School is one of the longest running, largest and most successful literary centres in the UK. More than 95 of the School’s students and graduates have embarked on publishing careers by launching first books, with many more achieving publication in journals and magazines, winning writing awards and prizes, and setting up small presses and anthologies.

We host a vibrant series of city-wide literary events, innovative publishing projects, an international writing competition, ground-breaking outreach activities and the Manchester Children’s Book Festival. We also share the same home as the Manchester Poetry Library, the North West’s first public poetry library. All of this means you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get involved and develop your experience in a number of exciting directions.

You’ll be based in Manchester, a city designated as an international UNESCO City of Literature in recognition of its thriving literary scene. Our strong partnerships with many cultural and arts organisations in the city will open up a world of doors for you, including the Royal Exchange Theatre, the Royal Northern College of Music, the Manchester Literature Festival and the Manchester International Festival.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Reading Units 
  • The Workshop
  • Dissertation 
  • Writing About Relationships
  • Teaching Creative Writing 
  • Creative Project
  • Crime Fiction 
  • Utopias and Dystopias 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • On the application form, you will be asked to give a personal statement and should use this to tell us a bit about yourself and give a good sense of what you have been reading and writing, and what has led you to apply for our course. 
  • The critical review should focus on recently published (or for Script performed/broadcast) work, be up to 500 words long, and show evidence of close reading, explaining what it is about the piece you find useful as a writer. Both the creative and critical samples should be relevant to the specialist route to which you are applying to (Novel OR Poetry OR Writing for Children/YA OR Scriptwriting OR Creative Non-Fiction). 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    2667 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2667 GBP per module during 24 months.
  • National

    1417 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1417 GBP per module during 24 months.

per 30 credits per year

Living costs for Manchester

645 - 1197 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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