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About Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University

The MA in Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University is one of the longest established postgraduate courses of its kind in the UK, with a strong record of publication by its graduates. Designed for talented and committed writers, the course is taught by a team of award-winning writers and academics.

You will be joining a lively community of other writers and teachers where you will have the opportunity to work in a variety of genres, including fiction, poetry, children's and young adult fiction, and writing for radio, stage and screen.

How you're taught

How will I learn?

The core course consists of a series of lectures and seminars on different aspects of the writing process, with optional modules incorporating practical writing workshops. Students currently choose two options from Fiction, Children's and Young Adult Fiction, Poetry and Writing for Radio, Stage and Screen.

The core course regularly hosts talks and readings by writers. Guests have included:

  • David Almond
  • Neil Arksey
  • Carrie Etter
  • Jenny Diski
  • Joe Dunthorne
  • Geoff Dyer
  • Michael Eaton
  • Alan Hollinghurst
  • Kathryn Hughes
  • Jackie Kay
  • Melanie McGrath
  • Jon McGregor
  • Hamish Macoll
  • Kate Mosse
  • Alan Jenkins
  • Alan Sillitoe
  • Amanda Whittington.

Writers from the English subject team also contribute to the MA as do agents, editors and other writing professionals.


Students take the core module, two options and a dissertation (part-time students do the second option and dissertation in their second year). There are two assignments in each option.

Research opportunities

Creative Writing and Critical/Creative Writing PhD supervision is also available. We have a thriving PhD community and specialisms across creative writing and English literature.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the ULP.

Careers and employability

Career development

The unique flexibility of the course enables students to work in a variety of genres including fiction, poetry, children's and young adult fiction, writing for radio, stage and screen, and creative non-fiction. Advice on getting published and lectures on the writing industry are incorporated into the structure of the course, and there are opportunities to meet publishers, editors and agents. Students are encouraged to build strong links with Nottingham's thriving literature community and are invited to participate in local events, readings and festivals.

Every year our students produce and publish their own high-quality anthology of original creative writing. This gives students invaluable insight into the editorial and publishing industry, as well as introducing their work to a wider public.

Many recent graduates have acquired agents and publishing deals.

Although this course does not offer a formal placement, it is vocationally focused and many recent graduates have acquired agents and publishing deals.

Study options for this course

Entry requirements

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you're not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you're already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our pre-masters and foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please email our international team for advice.

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