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
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?
A first degree in a relevant area and a portfolio
of creative writing up to 2,000 words, representing 1 or more of
the following genres: scriptwriting, prose writing, poetry.
Where EC or overseas degrees are held, the
candidate may be asked to demonstrate
(i) competence in
English at level 6.0 or above (IELTS score) and
(ii) a degree in a
relevant subject area equivalent to British standards.
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.
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
How do I
Applications should be made direct to York St
John and will be considered throughout the year.
Applications for October 2012 start have now
T: 01904 876598 E: email@example.com
A sample of your work should be included with your
application, of 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
Download the information leaflet
For enquiries about the postgraduate programme in
Creative Writing please contact:
Head of Programme MA Contemporary Literature and
MA Creative Writing