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​Our MA in Creative Writing at Leeds Trinity was established in 2013, building on the success and popularity of our BA in English and Writing which has been running for several years. This MA puts the emphasis on "creative", giving you plenty of time to write and incorporating a creative element into every module.

Course Benefits

  • ​​​​Small group writing workshops (max. 12).
  • Individual tuition with experienced writers.
  • Expert insight into writing as a profession.
  • Supportive, creative environment.

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    UCAS Code: 203

  • Course type:
    Full time (1 year)
    Part time (2 years)

Course Information

The course aims to develop your writing skills in either prose or poetry, as well as fostering your creative and critical reading and exploring key issues relating to the publishing business. Taught by internationally renowned writers, it is designed to be as creative and practical as possible within the academic requirements of a postgraduate programme.​

The MA in Creative Writing may be taken at your own pace, either 1 year full time or 2 years part time.​ Part time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. 

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.​


Our MA Creative Writing is taught and assessed by three members of the English team at Leeds Trinity – poets Paul Hardwick and Amina Alyal and award-winning novelist Martyn Bedford – who are all published writers with international reputations for their creative and critical work.
  • Teaching is by a combination of small-group workshops, seminars, visiting speakers and individual tutorial supervision.​
  • The Prose and Poetry Workshop modules are assessed by written proposal (1,500 words), two submissions of creative writing (4,000 words each or equivalent), and a reflective commentary (1,500 words).
  • Reading as a Writer is assessed by a portfolio of creative/critical work (5,000 words). 
  • ​Writing as a Profession is assessed by a portfolio of creative/critical work (5,000 words).
  • The Dissertation is assessed by submission of an extended piece of creative writing (12,000 words or equivalent).
A good 2.i in Creative Writing, English or related subject
  • Personal portfolio of creative writing (2,000 words or equivalent).
  • Applicants with other qualifications will be considered on their own merit.
Places will be offered subject to interview. 

If English is not your first language IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 6.5 in any component) or equivalent is the minimum requirement.

Please contact us for personalised advice on 0113 283 7123 or​​
UK & EU Students:
Tuition fees cost £4,000 a year for this course in 2018-19. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studyingFind out more
International Students:
Tuition fees cost £11,250 for this course in 2018-19. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. Find out​ more
​​We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:
  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015
  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University.  
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.
Martyn Bedford

Martyn Bedford

​​​​​​​I’ve been a published writer for more than 20 years and have written five novels for adults and three for young adults, as well as numerous short stories. 

My books have won several awards and been translated into fifteen languages. 

I've been a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Leeds Trinity since 2009 and teach on the creative-writing modules across all the English courses.

Academic staff profiles

​Creative Writing is a brilliant mix of literature, language studies and creative-writing, covering a wide range of forms and literary p​​​eriods.  It's an ideal course for a student who loves reading and​ writing and who wants to develop their creative side while having the flexibility, in terms of a career or further study, that an English degree offers.​​

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The MA at Leeds Trinity totally goes the extra mile. Opportunities are provided to listen to and engage with other literary professional and there are opportunities to 'live as a writer'. I believe that having an MA Creative Writing 'marks out' those who really wish to be writing professionally and gives us an edge with agents and publishers, as evidenced by my first published poetry collection, An After-Dinner's Sleep.

Maria Preston

MA Creative Writing

Professional Work Placements

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On completion of this course, you could go on to become an independent Writer, Workshop Facilitator or go into teaching to name but a few. ​

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