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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Avenue Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

About this course

Enhance your skills with a master's in creative writing at the University of Southampton. This programme challenges you to cross boundaries and become an expert in 5 areas of contemporary writing:

  • fiction
  • scriptwriting
  • creative non-fiction
  • writing for young people
  • poetry

You’ll also be able to tap into the University’s rich resources in theatre, music, art, and the sciences. On completion of your degree, you’ll be ready for careers in publishing and arts administration.

Our Master of Arts in Creative Writing is a stimulating course which will prepare you to be a professional writer. You’ll have opportunities to publish and edit an anthology, take part in a literary festival, and pursue creative collaborations with everyone from scientists to visiting actors. Your fellow students will come from all over the world and bring with them a wide range of experiences and writing traditions.

The University of Southampton is home to the Centre for Modern and Contemporary Writing, which hosts regular events, readings, and conferences. Recent visitors to the centre include:

  • Caroline Bergvall
  • Lavinia Greenlaw
  • Amitav Ghosh
  • Lee Harwood
  • Christopher Ricks

Our own creative writing team includes novelists Aamer Hussein, Alison Fell, and Rebecca Smith, short story writer Carole Burns, poet Peter Middleton, and playwrights Evan Placey and Adam Brace. They look forward to working with you.

We’ll provide you with a supportive environment in which to learn, grow and develop your writing skills. You can specialise in topics that interest you and benefit from a dynamic schedule of visiting speakers which includes established writers, editors, publishers and agents. You’ll also choose from a wide variety of modules offered by the School of Humanities, which will help you to think deeply and critically about your work.


Our graduates go onto careers in:

  • writing (from journalism to fiction)
  • international PhD programmes
  • teaching
  • broadcasting
  • creative industries

More generally, a master’s degree will help you develop the key skills that employers look for, such as:

  • time, deadline and project management
  • problem solving
  • teamwork, relationship-building and working independently
  • cultural awareness
  • using your initiative
  • critical thinking and research analysis

Above all, you will learn to communicate your ideas and enthusiasm to a wide range of audiences.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 19,850per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Southampton

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  • Campus address

    University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, Hampshire, SO17 1BJ, England

Southampton is proud of its inclusive global community and welcomes students from over 130 countries, including 6,800 EU and international students.
Southampton's Students' Union (SUSU) has over 40 cultural and international groups that help with social connections for international communities.
Specialist careers support and paid Year in Employment and internship opportunities prepare international students for their future.

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