1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    MA 1Yr FT
    MA 2Yr PT
    MA 3Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2.2

Course Overview

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The MA in Creative Writing is a unique programme that offers integrated training in the writing of literary and media text.

Key Features

  • The MA is taught by experienced writers and offers a wide range of writing genres including fiction, short story, poetry, drama, screenwriting and creative non-fiction.
  • Drama writing a particular strength, including the relatively new and unexplored field of Dramaturgy.
  • Regular play readings and students' dramatic writing is often performed by professional actors in the Rough Diamonds mini-festival in the summer.
  • Creative Writers have a close relationship with National Theatre Wales and also open-mic poetry events at local venues such as the Dylan Thomas Centre and Howl.
  • There is scope for work experience with local publishers.
  • The writing programme has an online journal, The Swansea Review, and students write for The Siren, a student-run online journal, and The Waterfront student newspaper.
  • Students have free membership of Literature Wales, the national  literature promotion agency.
  • Students are involved in the annual Writers’ Day at the Dylan Thomas Centre, where they meet editors, agents, publishers and writers, to discuss the ins and outs of publication and the craft of writing.
  • Students are part of a vibrant community of writers and artists – Swansea, the birthplace of Dylan Thomas, having a fair claim to being Wales’s city of culture.
  • The programme has connection with and experience of the unique literary culture of Wales, home to possibly the oldest (but still vibrant) bardic tradition in Europe.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

MA 1 Year Full-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Minimum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students must select two of the three TB1 modules listed below. YOu may if you wish take all three.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-M34Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Long Fiction 1
EN-M35Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Genre: Writing for the Stage
EN-M36Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Poetry 1
AND
Optional Modules  

Choose Minimum Of 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Please select upto four modules from below Alternatively you may select Three from below, and select one module from Options 2 listed below. Students must have an equal number of modules in each semester overall

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-M38Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Art of The Short Story
EN-M40Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Poetry 2
EN-M57Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Writing Radio Drama
EN-M68Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Creative Non-Fiction
MS-M01Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Screenwriting
AND

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters Dissertation

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Part- Two Dissertation 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Following successful completion of Part-1, students take the 60 credit Dissertation module listed below

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ENMD00Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)60Creative Writing Dissertation

MA 3 Year Part-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Compulsory Modules Selective 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Over the course of the programme you must take TWO compulsory Modules from below. You may take two this year, or one this year and one in the second year. You may not take the same module twice.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-M34Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Long Fiction 1
EN-M35Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Genre: Writing for the Stage
EN-M36Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Poetry 1
AND
Optional Modules  

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select sufficient modules from below to ensure 60 credits accross the year.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-M38Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Art of The Short Story
EN-M40Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Poetry 2
EN-M57Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Writing Radio Drama
EN-M68Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Creative Non-Fiction
MS-M01Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Screenwriting
AND

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Compulsory Modules Selective 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Over the course of the programme you must take TWO compulsory Modules from below. If you took one last year please take the outstanding compulsory module this year. You may not take the same module twice.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-M34Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Long Fiction 1
EN-M35Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Genre: Writing for the Stage
EN-M36Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Poetry 1
AND
Optional Modules  

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select sufficient modules from below to ensure 60 credits accross the year.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-M38Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Art of The Short Story
EN-M40Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Poetry 2
EN-M57Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Writing Radio Drama
EN-M68Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Creative Non-Fiction
MS-M01Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Screenwriting
AND

Year 3 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters Dissertation

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Part- Two Dissertation 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Following successful completion of Part-1 students take the 60 credit Dissertation module listed below

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ENMD00Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)60Creative Writing Dissertation

Description

Students study two compulsory modules and four optional modules in part-one and a dissertation, a portfolio in a genre of their choosing in part-two.

Entry Requirements

The typical entry requirement is a first degree in a relevant discipline, normally a 2:2 with a minimum of 55% overall, and a short portfolio of writing.  Overseas students are expected to possess an IELTS score of 6.5.

How To Apply

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Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MA Full-time £6,550 £14,100
MA Part-time £3,300 £7,050
MA Part-time £2,200 £4,700

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees for the programme do not cover costs incurred personally by the student such as the purchase of books or stationery, printing or photocopying costs.

Modules

For more information please contact D.J.Britton@Swansea.ac.uk

Student Quote

"Since graduating with an MA with Distinction in Creative Writing from Swansea University, I have published three collections of poetry, founded Grievous Jones Press, and begun lecturing in Creative Writing. In the near future I will finish my PhD in Creative Writing and have books forthcoming with Blackheath Books and Seren Books. The training, experience, and rigour of the Swansea MA in Creative Writing was invaluable for launching my career as a writer and publisher. Without the inspiration, guidance, and critique of the excellent faculty and peers, my own writing would not have grown and my flame for creation might have faltered."

David Oprava

Creative Writing MA student

A Swansea University Creative Writing MA student Kelsey Richards won a much prized place on the BBC Production Talent Pool training scheme.