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Creative Writing

Master of Arts

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Creative Writing

Master of Arts


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

​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.

Why study with us

  • ​​​​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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Course Information

About this course >

​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. 

Further Study

Structure >

At the heart of the course is the weekly workshop, in which your prose or poetry will be subjected to rigorous peer and tutor review in a small group. This will be supplemented by one-to-one supervision with one of our tutors.

This central core will be complemented by seminars focusing on contemporary literature in relation to creative practice, as well a series of sessions on the writing profession, including visiting speakers (writers, publishers, editors, literary agents). Visitors to the programme so far have included a senior publisher from the Random House group, an agent from the UK's largest literary agency, a best-selling novelist, an internationally renowned poet, a successful independent publisher and a professional coach in performance and reading-to-an-audience skills.

The culmination of the MA is the dissertation – 12,000 words or equivalent of creative writing – to be completed during the summer at the end of the programme and which will be supported by one-to-one tutorial supervision. 

The four elements of the full time, 1 year course are: 

  • Semesters 1 and 2: Prose Fiction or Poetry Workshops (60 Credits) 
  • Semester 1: Reading as a Writer (30 Credits) 
  • Semester 2: Writing as a Profession (30 Credits) 
  • Summer: Dissertation (60 credits) 

If you opt to do the MA part time over 2 years, you will take Reading as a Writer and Writing as a Profession in Year 1, with the Prose or Poetry Workshops and the Dissertation in Year 2.

Learning and Teaching >

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).

Entry Requirements >

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​​

Student Finance >

UK & EU Students:
Tuition fees cost £4,000 a year for this course in 2019-20. 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
Additional Costs
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
Maria Preston MA Creative Writing

Career progression

​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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