Creative Writing (DL), M.A. | Part time online | Lancaster University | United Kingdom
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Creative Writing (DL)

24 months
10840 GBP/year
6600 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

This part-time creative writing programme links students in the UK and overseas through virtual learning. Students study with us from all parts of the world, working in English but enriching the course with a wide range of personal experience and cultural perspectives.

Creative Writing (DL) programme offered at Lancaster University 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
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A 2:1 Honours degree (UK or equivalent) in a Humanities subject is normally required.

  • We may also consider non-standard applications where you either have a degree in other subjects, or relevant professional experience and/or publications.
  • A portfolio of original writing (no more than 12 poems or 20 pages of prose/scriptwriting) showing potential for publication
  • An outline (approximately 300-400 words) of your proposed project, which is the single point of assessment and is submitted at the end of the course. This could be a collection of short stories, poems, a script, extracts from a longer fiction, creative non-fiction, or life writing piece.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    10840 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10840 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • National

    6600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6600 GBP per year during 24 months.

Year 2:

  • UK: £5,230
  • International: £10,150


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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