Creative Writing (DL)

Lancaster University

M.A. Online
24 months
9380 GBP/year
5710 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Creative Writing (DL) degree offered at Lancaster University is mediated by online tutorials and conferences. A cohort of students exchange and critique writing in a range of literary forms. 


Course Overview

Creative Writing (DL) programme offered at Lancaster Universityr is entirely student-centred and tutorials involve the close critiquing of creative work. We respond to individual needs through the allocation of a personal tutor who will be an expert in your chosen genre. Online conferences enable tutor and peer response within a smaller group of five students.

The course runs on MOODLE, the University's virtual learning environment, and consists of personal tutorials and online conferences. The course begins with a preliminary tutorial in which students introduce themselves and their ideas for an MA writing project. This initial outline forms a flexible framework for their work on the course. The virtual learning environment also provides research training modules and a cybercafé where students can meet and communicate informally.

In each term students submit work for two one-one-one tutorials and a group online conference. Over the course of two years you will participate in 12 personal tutorials and six online conferences, which are designed to stimulate creative work and new critical perspectives. Each creative assignment is accompanied by a commentary, which discusses any difficulties or issues you have encountered, helping to focus your tutor’s response.

Students receive detailed written critiques from their tutor, engaging with both the assignment commentary and the creative work itself. The student’s reflective writing in the final MA portfolio is informed by these exchanges as well as their progress through the research training modules.

After the end of the Summer Term of the first year of the course, a five-day Summer School is held on the Lancaster University campus. This consists of workshops, readings and visits by agents, publishers and writers. This is an opportunity to meet with fellow students in a convivial way. Personal tutorials are also held to review progress. Recent visitors to the Summer School have included Peter Samson (The North/Smith Doorstop), Jim Hinks (Comma Press) and Sallyanne Sweeney (Mulcahy Associates).

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Approaching the Novel
  • Seeing Things: Visualising Poetry
  • Literature and Location: Space and Place in Creative Non Fiction
  • Flash Fictions
  • The Contemporary Short Story: Expanding the Form
  • Writing Poetry Today
  • The 21st Century Writer
  • Writing Radio Drama
  • Psychogeographical Investigations: Myth and Place
  • New Media and Experimental Writing
  • The Personal Essay

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Entry requirements: Portfolio of original writing and undergraduate degree
  • Assessment: Portfolio of creative work plus a piece of self-critical reflective writing

Tuition Fee

  • International

    9380 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9380 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5710 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5710 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.

Year 2

  • UK/EU: £4,750
  • Overseas: £8,780


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.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Due for update

Updated over a year ago

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Creative Writing (DL)
Lancaster University


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