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    1 Year


If you're a talented and ambitious writer looking to develop your craft and take your writing to the next level, Glasgow's renowned Creative Writing MLitt is ideal. Develop your writing practice wherever you are in the world by gaining creative and critical skills on this exciting and supportive online course.

Our Creative Writing programme has gained an excellent reputation with writers, agents and publishers. The University's writing courses are among the most challenging and popular in the UK. These courses have helped launch the careers of an impressive list of acclaimed authors including, but not limited to: Anne Donovan, Helen Sedgwick, Kirsty Logan, Jen Hadfield, JL Williams, Louise Welsh, Zoe Strachan, Elizabeth Reeder and many others.

Our MLitt in Creative Writing is delivered within a clear three-part structure, focused on creative, critical and editorial skills. 

You'll be taught by successful and well-regarded writers who specialise across diverse genres. We are happy to supervise students working in established genres but just as keen to see students mix genres or create new forms. In addition, you'll be able to tap into the University's strong network of literary agents and publishers, as well as an impressive list of published alumni. 

Regardless of where you live, we will give you the support and online tools to make your writing aspirations a reality. 

This online programme is 1 year full time. If you are already working full time or have family commitments, the course can also be completed on a part-time flexible study basis over 2 years.  


  • Experiment with a range of voices, techniques and genres and consider major creative and editorial engagements
  • Develop a critical understanding of a diverse creative, theoretic and critical texts
  • Develop editorial skills
  • Gain an understanding of literary techniques and ideas
  • Access the work and thought of a wide range of literary artists
  • Produce extended portfolios of creative and editorial work
  • Understand the writing context (audience, publishing in all its forms, the legal framework, modes of transmission)
  • Become disciplined in writing regularly in a stimulating workshop and tutorial environment in which writing skills can be acquired, discussed and honed
  • Be part of a stimulating and critical peer group that reads, engages with, and appraises one others work
  • Understand the means of literary transmission and how these means affect your own work
  • Meet, hear and talk to professional writers and individuals from publishing and other transmission industries
  • Display an understanding of the mechanisms (historical and contemporary) of literary textual transmission and other forms of transmission (including performance) in their various technological, commercial and artistic aspects


Skills gained in the study of our Creative Writing MLitt may lead to career opportunities in literary and cultural fields such as editing, publishing and arts development. Many of our alumni are successful authors. Our graduates have also gone into journalism, publishing, and a range of other professions. Positions held by recent graduates include managing director, freelance writer, author, copywriter and community arts worker.


The full-time programme consists of six compulsory courses, which are run over two semesters (three courses per semester). The part-time programme consists of the same courses split over two years.

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student Contract

  • CRWRT5022Creative Writing: Craft and Experimentation 120 Credits

    This course explores the creative and practical aspects of text creation. You’ll develop the craft of writing through intensive close reading of literary texts and writing practice. You’ll have the opportunity to practice a range of literary techniques and ideas used by a number of outstanding modern and contemporary writers. You’ll also learn how to analyse your own writing.

  • CRWRT5023Creative Writing: Craft and Experimentation 220 Credits

    Building on Craft and Experimentation 1, this course provide more opportunities to explore the creative and practical aspects of text creation. You’ll develop your writing through intensive close reading of a different range of literary texts and through writing practice. You’ll have the opportunity to practice a range of literary techniques and ideas used by outstanding modern and contemporary writers. You’ll also analyse your writing.

  • CRWRT5024Creative Writing: Editing and Publication 120 Credits

    Considering the legal, material, mechanical and wider cultural (media) contexts for creative work and the issues that arise from them. Book reviewing, the literary magazine, the role of the agent, the publishing contract and models of publishing will be considered. You’ll study copyright, publishing and the culture of reception, and identify the transmission of texts through print, performance, recording and new media. You’ll also be able to meet, hear and talk to professional writers and gain access to the work and thought of a wide range of literary artists.

  • CRWRT5025Creative Writing: Editing and Publication 220 Credits

    This course gives you the opportunity, individually or through collaboration with one or more fellow students, to undertake one of the following options: - a project or creative work that develops your skills and understanding of a genre or form (e.g. transposition, adaptation, performance etc.) - paper and/or web selections and editions of creative or editorial work - explore issues of agenting, publishing or book retailing

  • CRWRT5040PPortfolio60 Credits

    This course of independent study will give you the time and attention to consolidate and apply the learning you achieve in the seminars and workshops over the course of the year. You’ll then write a portfolio of your own unique creative work. You will be supported in your writing and editing by four hours of tutorials with a course tutor who will read up to 12,500 words over the course of five tutorials.

  • CRWRT5041Creative Writing Workshop40 Credits

    Develop a portfolio of original work and gain experience in editing and revising your own and others’ writing in various genres. This course will expose you to a variety of genres and creative approaches through peer group exchange and provide you with a live readership for your own work.

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted to this programme, you must have:

  1. You will normally have a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent), though this is not a pre-requisite
  2. The primary basis for admission is the appraisal of a portfolio of your creative work
  3. You submit a portfolio of original work (poetry, fiction, life-writing or other prose, drama, and in some instances a portfolio of translation work). A maximum of 20 pages (one side only, double spaced throughout) per submission will be considered, and the portfolio can contain prose, verse, script, or a combination of these
  4. We also require two letters of reference. Your referees should include an academic and a creative referee where possible. Where this is not possible, you can provide referees from other areas who can vouch that you are who you say you are and that your work and achievements are your own. It is particularly helpful if these referees are familiar with your writing and can provide references on that basis
  5. If English is not your first language, the university sets a minimum English language proficiency level. This is IELTS overall score of 7 with no sub-test less than 7. If you do not have an IELTS test certificate, equivalent scores in other recognised qualifications may be accepted

To apply to this programme:

You must apply online for this postgraduate programme. As part of your online application, you need to submit the following:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s), if you have already completed your degree
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • One reference letter on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)

Please check you meet the entry requirements for this programme before you begin your application.

You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload supporting documents, such as your final transcript or your language test.

Key Dates UK/EU

Application Deadline
Start Date
18 May 2020
15 Sep 2020

Tuition & Fees

  • Home/EU: £8,500*
  • International: £18,370*

*Total cost, incremental payment schedule available. Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only.

How much does this programme cost?
Part-time Home/EU fees are 944 per 20 credits (180 credits in total). The credits are split:
Year 1: 80 credits (4 x 944) for Craft & Experimentation 1 and 2, and Workshops
Year 2: 100 credits (5 x 944) for Editing & Publication 1 and 2, and Portfolio

The College of Arts warmly welcomes applications from highly qualified International applicants to our online distance learning masters programme in Creative Writing. We are offering a number of scholarships for admission to 2020.Applicants holding offers will be automatically assessed for the scholarship based on academic merit. Find out more

What it's like to study online

100% online for complete flexibility
Our part-time online programmes are ideal if you're working full-time or have family commitments.
Connect to campus from anywhere
All you need for our online programmes is a device with internet access.
Gain a global perspective
As an online student, you'll be part of an international community of academics and learners.
Learn from the experts
Our world-class teaching and research staff will help you realise your potential.
Interact with everyone
Community building and collaborative learning is a key focus of our online programmes.
Access a multitude of resources
Study using a range of materials, including recorded lectures, live seminars, videos, interactive quizzes, journal articles and ebooks.
Regular Assessments
During each course you will be assessed in a variety of ways which could include essays, discussions, blogs, online presentations, interactive quizzes, assignments or group work.

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