MA, PG Cert Creative Writing and Publishing

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Be both a creative writer and a publisher. Customise your studies and prepare yourself for work in these increasingly entwined growth industries.

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Join a vibrant community of writers

Our Cambridge Writing Centre is dedicated to sharing knowledge in the field of creative writing. It organises public-facing events for our staff, students and alumni, whose widely-published work – from novels and short stories to poetry and criticism – spans multiple genres.

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Already have an ARU degree? You may be eligible for our Alumni Scholarship for students starting postgraduate courses.

Whether you want to join the traditional publishing industry, establish your own small press or set up a single-author imprint for your own novels, this Masters degree will help you meet your ambitions.

Taught in Cambridge, our MA is the only Creative Writing and Publishing course in the East of England and has been taken by many successful published writers.

It offers you an opportunity to develop your fiction writing in a supportive environment, while gaining key insights into publishing practice and international and digital rights.

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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.
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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.
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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. You can also explore the work of our graduating students in our digital graduate showcase.


Our Masters degree in Creative Writing and Publishing will prepare you for employment in whichever aspect of the writing and publishing industries most interests you.

You’ll develop transferable academic and professional skills, including self-reflection, critical analysis and working to briefs and deadlines. You’ll also gain the research skills needed to produce creative work, professional publishing documents and critical writing.

MA Creative Writing students with successful writing careers include Costa Short Story Award winner Caroline Ward Vine, Guinevere Glasfurd, Penny Hancock and Natalya Anderson.

Our publishing graduates also have a track record of success, with most now in careers at companies such as Bloomsbury, Wiley Capstone, Pearson, Cambridge University Press and Macmillan.

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 or PhD Publishing. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and save £400 on your fees.

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


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“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.”


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Improve your employability, progress in your career, and take on an intellectual challenge with our flexible postgraduate degrees.

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