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Creative Writing

Full-time English

Create publishable, disciplined fiction, poetry or scripts under the tutelage of internationally acclaimed authors.

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What is the fee? Home/EU: £5,330 for the course †
International: £13,250 for the course
How long will I study? 1 Year
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September

Course summary

  • Work under the guidance of internationally acclaimed writers of fiction, script and poetry.
  • Graduate with a coherent and extensive body of creative work.
  • Hone your skills with a focus on writing, reinforced with sound criticism and editing.
  • Acquire the discipline and market awareness needed to create publishable work.
  • Join numerous acclaimed authors as an alumnus of a longstanding, well-regarded course.

This course takes your work, and your ambition, seriously. You'll focus on your own writing, under the guidance of acclaimed authors of fiction, poetry and scripts. You'll leave with a body of work you can be proud of.

How you learn

With a focus on the disciplined honing of your skills, this course is designed to help you become a publishable writer. You'll be assessed on writing projects frequently, with a culture of self-reflection and peer reviews. You'll take part in genre-specific creative workshops, benefit from one-to-one tutelage and take modules based around criticism and research acquiring the grounding that underpins great work.

You learn through

  • seminars and tutorials
  • frequent assessment, culminating in a major project
  • genre-specific creative workshops
  • masterclasses with writers, publishers, agents and other literary figures
  • presentations
  • editing sessions
  • critical, theoretical and research-based modules
  • one-to-one tutorials

Course leaders and tutors

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Conor O'Callaghan
Senior Lecturer, Course Leader MA Writing / MA Creative Writing

Conor O'Callaghan is an Irish poet, novelist and memoirist. He teaches creative writing undergrad and postgrad modules. He is also course leader for the MA Writing a … Read more

Applied learning

Live projects

Each year, a selection of the best work from students on this course is published in an annual student publication, entitled Matter. This exquisitely designed and bound volume is edited and created by Sheffield Hallam students, and also features the work of distinguished authors involved with the course. This is accompanied by a marketing scheme, which has seen book launches in Soho's LRB Bookshop with invited guests from the industry.

Networking opportunities

With frequent guest speakers, masterclasses and a wide involvement with the local and national literary industry, the course provides ample networking opportunities.


Each year, the literary agency, A.M. Heath, reads a selection of our strongest students’ fiction and memoir and offers a prize to the best manuscript. We also award the Ictus Prize in Poetry to the best poetry collection; this consists of a small pamphlet publication.

The EA Markham Award means that one student each year will study the course for free. The award covers the full-time study fees and is awarded solely on merit and potential. It is offered in memory of Professor EA Markham, a respected tutor here who worked to shape the development of this course.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • writing fiction, poetry, script, children's writing and memoir
  • editing
  • teaching
  • further research
  • blog and online writing
  • copyediting, proofreading and ghost-writing
  • reviewing and criticism
  • copywriting

Some of our most successful students include best-selling author ofA Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, Marina Lewycka, T.S. Eliot short-listed poet Frances Leviston and Radio 4 and BBC TV script writer Sharon Oakes.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Entry requirements

UK students

A folder of original writing demonstrating postgraduate level potential and, normally, a first degree in English or related discipline.

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS 6.5 score with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other skill areas or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 or equivalent we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

If you do not have such academic qualifications we may consider your application individually, based on your personal, professional and work experience, and other formal qualifications. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

Application guidance
When applying, you need to submit a completed application form, which includes a section requesting further information in support of your application. This part of the form should use tell us who you are, describe your relationship with writing, and what you hope to achieve on the course.

You also need to provide a sample of your original writing. Your sample is the most important part of the application, and you should use the opportunity to show us what you can do and persuade us that you have what it takes to thrive on the course.

We require two from the following
• 3,000 words of prose - two short stories, two chapters from a children-s book, novel or memoir
• ten poems
• a twenty minute script of a one-act play or radio play

EU and International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.


Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: The Contemporary Writer Credits: 30.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: The Craft: Script And Novel Credits: 30.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: The Craft: Short Fiction And Poetry Credits: 30.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: The Workshop Credits: 30.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Writing Up Credits: 60.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time study in 2018/19 is £5,330 for the course.

† If your course is studied over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation and/or Government regulations. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2018/19 is £13,250 for the course.

We offer a range of scholarships and awards for international students. Find out more.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

Apply for September 2018

If you require an alternate version of the application form, please email directadmissions@shu.ac.uk.

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