MA Creative Writing

Study Mode Part-time
Year of Entry 2025/26
Creative Writing

MA

Creative Writing

Part-time English

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

Everything you need to know...

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £10,620 for the course
    International/EU: £17,725 for the course

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    2 Years

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    City Campus

  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2025


Course summary

  • Work under the guidance of internationally acclaimed writers of fiction 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 and poetry. You'll leave with a body of work you can be proud of.


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How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

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

Dr Shelley Roche-Jacques
Dr Shelley Roche-Jacques
Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

I bring to my teaching my interest in dramatic action and the spatio-temporal elements of texts. This approach often helps students unpick ideas around genre, narrat … Read more

Applied learning

Networking opportunities

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


Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • writing fiction, poetry, 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.

Student success story

A group of students studying film and media production and creative writing travelled to Montreal, Canada to collaborate together and make film poems as part of their course.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

City Campus

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

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Howard Street
Sheffield
S1 1WB

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Equipment and facilities

On this course, you’ll have access to our dedicated humanities suite, including:

  • co-working spaces with flexible desks, large screens, laptop library, comfy seating, and a shared kitchen
  • the Performance Lab: our two-studio theatre space, fully equipped with lighting, sound and special effects.
  • a specialist cinema equipped with state-of-the-art 4K digital projection and twin 35mm film projectors
  • our learning centre, holding an extensive collection of subject-specific books, journals, and databases
  • our skills centre, offering specialist advice to hone essential skills and provide feedback on your academic writing

Entry requirements

All students

A folder of original writing demonstrating postgraduate level potential and, normally, a 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 one of 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

Please submit your supporting work to the relevant email address below:

UK students: homeadmissions@shu.ac.uk

International or non-UK European students: internationaladmissions@shu.ac.uk

Additional information for EU/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.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Novel
Credits 30
Assessment Coursework(100%)
The Contemporary Writer
Credits 30
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Final year

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Extended Project
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(100%)
The Craft: Short Fiction And Poetry
Credits 30
Assessment Coursework(100%)
The Workshop
Credits 30
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting distance learning study in 2025/26 is £10,620 for the course. The tuition fee displayed above is for the full course. If the full course is more than one year in duration, the fee will be divided into annual payments which will then be rounded. This may mean the total fee you pay is slightly higher than the fee stated above. If you take a break in study or have to re-take part of the course, you may also be charged an additional fee and will be notified of this at the time. Our tuition fee for UK students starting part-time study in 2025/26 is £5,310 per year.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

This course is not eligible for full-time Student visa sponsorship. International/EU students may apply for part-time Student visa sponsorship on an individual basis. Please contact Admissions for further advice. Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting part-time study in 2025/26 is £17,725 for the course. The tuition fee displayed above is for the full course. If the full course is more than one year in duration, the fee will be divided into annual payments which will then be rounded. This may mean the total fee you pay is slightly higher than the fee stated above. If you take a break in study or have to re-take part of the course, you may also be charged an additional fee and will be notified of this at the time. Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting part-time study in 2025/26 is £8,865 per year.

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How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

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You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry.

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We are Gold rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for the outstanding quality of our teaching and student outcomes

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95% of our UK graduates are in work or further study 15 months after graduating (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes Survey)

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