Our MA in Creative Writing offers a distinctive
and flexible pattern of study which will meet the needs of a wide
range of students wishing to extend or develop their interests in
Our MA courses emphasise the importance of
creative practitioners and are enhanced by regular visits from
contemporary writers. Visiting writers have included York-born
award-winning novelist Kate Atkinson; poet and broadcaster Ian
McMillan; novelist and poet Michèle Roberts; novelist Joe
Dunthorne; graphic novelist and illustrator Graham Rawle; and
award-winning poets Simon Armitage and Daljit Nagra. York St John
maintains links with the regional literary community through events
such as York Literature Festival. Modules are supplemented by
visiting industry professionals, agents and publishers.
This programme is run at our beautiful city
centre campus in York. We look forward to welcoming you to York St
qualifications do I need?
Applicants should have a first degree in a
relevant area at 2:2 or above, and a portfolio of creative writing
up to 2,000 words, representing 1 or more of the following genres:
scriptwriting, prose writing, poetry.
International students will need to demonstrate
that they have equivalent experience /qualifications as home
students (i.e. the same entry criteria as above). If their first
language is not English they must show evidence of English Language
competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or
Where applicants do not meet the stated entry
requirements above, it may be possible to take into account
evidence of APEL as an alternative
method of meeting the programme’s entry requirements. For
example, significant previous teaching experience, in Literature or
another subject, might be considered appropriate evidence of
applicants having met the entry requirements. In such a case,
appropriate references and records of employment might be presented
to support the applicant’s case for admission.
How much does it cost?
The fees are subject to review.
Please visit our
tuition fees webpage for up-to-date information
A 10% discount is applicable to all YSJU
Alumni undertaking PG level study
Postgraduate Loan is now available to help you pay for your
How do I apply?
Use the button below to apply for our
full-time and part-time programmes, remembering to upload a sample
of your work with your application. This should be between
1000 - 2000 words and in one or two genres/forms (e.g. poetry,
prose, scriptwriting) - if you are at all unsure, please
contact the Head of Programme (details below). For help
completing the online application, please refer to our guide.
Please note that all applicants must be able
to attend from 1st October 2015 onwards - in order to
ensure applications are processed in time for this, the closing
date for applications is 21st September 2015.
Download the information leaflet
For enquiries about the postgraduate programme in
Creative Writing please contact:
Dr Abi Curtis
Head of Programme MA Creative Writing.