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English Language and Creative Writing MA

University of Westminster

309 Regent St, W1B 2, London
Tel.+44 (0) 20 7911 5000

Current Status: Terminato
Course Type: Master Level:
Available Financing:
Tuition: 5.000 £ Duration y/mm: 0/12
Places Available: Credits:
Application Deadline: 16/01/2017 Admissions:
Start Date: 16/01/2017 End Date: 20/12/2017


The English Language and Creative Writing MA allows you to explore the interconnections between your knowledge of how language is used and produced, and your literary compositions. It will provide you with a thorough understanding of the linguistic features of English from a wide range of perspectives (theoretical and applied, synchronic and diachronic), as well as leading you to explore the writing process across genres and to take the city of London as one of your main sources of inspiration.
The MA will equip you with the intellectual perspectives and the scholarly skills that will prepare you to conduct independent research, and will offer you many opportunities to network with other writers, agents, TV producers and performance poets.


The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document on the master website.

Core modules

  • Dissertation
  • English Language in use: Time, Texts and Contexts
  • Tales of the city (Prose writing)
  • Language and the Imagination
  • Tales of the city
  • Conflict and the city (writing Drama)
  • Portfolio

Option modules

  • Conflict and the city
  • Creative Practice
  • Current Developments in Language Teaching
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Language and the Imagination (Poetic Writing)
  • Sociolinguistics
  • The Writing Business
  • Translation Studies


Applicants are normally required to have a good first degree (2.1 or above) or equivalent experience in a relevant subject (eg English language, linguistics , or TESOL).

Students whose first language is not English must have an IELTS certificate with an overall score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or be able to demonstrate an equivalent level of proficiency.

Applicants will be required to submit two academic references, and a 10,000-word portfolio of creative writing; they may be invited to an interview (either face to face or via Skype).

Applications from candidates without a first degree in a relevant subject are also welcomed. These applicants can submit professional or academic references.

Career Prospects

The course will enable you to develop sophisticated critical and creative skills and a widely applicable knowledge base that can be adapted to various fields of language use and study, creative practice and writing business.
This course is intended to move you to a new level in your career as a writer by developing your skills as a sophisticated critical practitioner, and your knowledge of literature about the city as well as the writing business.
You will be encouraged to network with other writers and identify useful opportunities for career development, partly through the wide range of extra-curricular activities, including writers' events and talks, and partly through the workshops organised by the departmental employability coordinator.

The critical and practical skills you will acquire by the end of the course will make you a strong candidate in many areas, including arts management, copy editing, education, freelance writing, journalism, media, publishing, research and academia.


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