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MA Creative Writing: Innovation and Experiment

University of Salford

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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    University of Salford

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

On our MA Creative Writing programme you will develop work at the cutting-edge of new and evolving practices. You will take your creative writing to the next level so that it really stands out, making it unique and distinctively attractive to the current market.

You will do this by playing to your strengths as a creative writer while engaging with fundamental issues in theories of literature and creative practice. The course offers exactly what the name suggests – it opens your mind, allows you to explore philosophical writing and challenges you to critically reflect critically upon your own creative work.

This masters in Creative Writing course will be of interest to writers of prose, poetry, scripts, hybrid and visual forms. You will not be required to commit to any one form, and will have the opportunity to move between or mix forms if you wish.

And whether you choose to study full-time or part-time, as a creative writing postgraduate student studying at Salford, you’ll be surrounded by inspiring creatives from across a range of disciplines. Manchester’s creative hub is a vibrant and exciting place to study, build community and nurture your writing talent.

You will:

  • Learn from award-winning, internationally-recognised writers and performers
  • Have the freedom to develop your own projects and inject your writing with the rigour and depth needed to work in the creative industry
  • Graduate with a strong portfolio of work that can be used to establish your reputation as a creative writer

Learn more about our MA Creative Writing courses by signing up to one of our open days. If there are any questions you would like to ask in the meantime, contact course enquiries or take a look at the other English courses we offer at Salford.


Many of our graduates participate actively in literary culture through organising and entering literary competitions, setting up and editing anthologies, publishing work elsewhere, and taking up internships with publishers of poetry and fiction or in arts administration.

Whether our students are writers of experimental prose, poetry or script, mixed-media creators, visual text makers or performance artists, we prepare Creative Writing MA graduates for a life in the creative industries, offering instruction on production and project funding bids, PhD applications, and journal writing.

The course benefits from a programme of visiting writers to the English Subject Group. In addition, at least two workshops per academic year are convened by key figures in innovative writing. Past visitors have included: Lucy Burnett, Robert Sheppard, Phil Davenport, Allen Fisher, Camille Martin, Carrie Etter, Philip Kuhn, Tony Trehy and Christine Kennedy.

Other industry links are Carcanet Press who offer one week’s internship in their marketing department, Arts Council England, International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Streetcake experimental writing magazine, Knives Forks and Spoons Poetry Press, Portico Library and Working Class Movement Library.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 15,345per 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 Salford

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  • Campus address

    University of Salford, The Crescent, Salford, Manchester, M5 4WT, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    67th out of 124 3

    35th out of 55 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 209
    117 55%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    63.0 63%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.85 77%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 168
    123 59%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    45.0 45%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.05 81%



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