MA, PG Cert, PG Dip Creative Writing

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Develop your writing in a supportive and creative environment. Learn from our team of professional writers how to improve your technique - and get published.

From studying Virginia Woolf to writing content for Scouts

ARU Creative Writing MA alumni Jade Slaughter talks about the benefits of the course and her role as Creative Content Manager for Scouts.

Jade's story

Join a course taken by many successful published authors and take your creative writing to a professional level.

Our Masters course in Creative Writing will give you the opportunity to improve your writing by practising and sharing it with a close group of fellow writers, including specialist lecturers who are published authors.

You’ll study the most acclaimed writers of the past 200 years and discover the techniques they used to make their work stand out. We’ll give you opportunities to practise your technique in areas such as characterisation, structure and pacing, and experiment with different forms of writing.

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Make connections

As a postgraduate student at ARU you’ll be able to:

  • network with agents, publishers and established writers in our talks and masterclasses
  • get full support from our team of tutors, who are all published authors
  • seek feedback and advice from our Royal Literary Fellows.

Outstanding student support

Join our postgraduate student community and:

  • benefit from award-winning learning facilities, including extensive library and IT resources
  • learn from expert staff who will guide your research interests and career development
  • receive full support from our Employability Service, while you're studying with us and after you graduate
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, health and wellbeing, and more.

Take a closer look

Our Creative Showcase shines a spotlight on what makes ARU creative and cultural – our spaces, places and people. Find out more about our community, the difference we make, the stories we tell, and the things that inspire us.

Meanwhile, Present is an exhibition that you curate for yourself. Explore the work of our graduating students in this eye-catching virtual degree show.


Our MA Creative Writing will help you prepare for a career as a creative writer or in related areas such as publishing and the media. It will also give you critical and analytical skills valued by many employers.

Many of our past students (PDF) have gone on to have successful careers as writers. These include Costa Short Story Award winner Caroline Ward Vine, Kaddy Benyon, Penny Hancock and Kate Swindlehurst.

Graduation doesn’t have to be the end of your time with us. You could choose to continue your academic career with a research programme at ARU such as our PhD Creative Writing. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and save £400 on your fees.

If you studied for the Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma initially, you can choose to complete further modules and top-up to a full Masters degree.



“I’ve realised I’ve always loved stories – whether it’s reading or writing – because it’s a chance to make a connection with someone else. I’m not alone.”


MA Creative Writing

Megan's story

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