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Creative Writing MA

MA Creative Writing

The Course Programme Structure Staff Profiles Student Success Stories Why YSJ ?


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 Creative Writing.

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 John soon.


What 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

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 equivalent.


APEL Policy

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.


Online application guideHow much does it cost?

The fees are subject to review.

Please visit our tuition fees webpage  for up-to-date information about fees

A 10% discount is applicable to all YSJU Alumni undertaking PG level study

A new Postgraduate Loan is now available to help you pay for your Master’s course.


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.


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MA in Creative Writing Full-time



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MA in Creative Writing Part-time



For further information

MA Creative WritingDownload the information leaflet

For enquiries about the postgraduate programme in Creative Writing please contact:

Dr Abi Curtis

Head of Programme MA Creative Writing.

E: a.curtis@yorksj.ac.uk