Note: This programme is also delivered on campus. To find out more about this programme or the research opportunities available, visit our Creative Writing subject page
Our celebrated creative writing programme is perfect for talented and aspiring writers looking to gain adventurous and needed creative and critical skills. This is an exciting and supportive online course that offers you the opportunity to develop your writing practice wherever you are in the world.
Why this programme
- You will be taught by a number of successful and well-regarded writers and many of our graduates have gone on to be published and acclaimed authors.
- We have strong links with literary agents and publishers, and an impressive list of published alumni.
- This programme is delivered online and offers flexible study around your existing commitments.
This programme is directed at those who are already engaged in writing. Its clear three-part structure, focused on creative, critical and practical issues, distinguishes this programme from the others offered in the UK.
Taking the online distance learning MLitt full-time:
The programme structure covers:
- Creative workshops and guest speakers
- Reading as a writer (CX1)
- Copyright, publishing and the culture of reception
- Creative workshops and guest speakers
- Experimentation (CX2)
- Editing the twenty-first century: editorial project
These courses have been developed to:
- allow you to experiment with a range of voices, techniques and genres alongside a consideration of major creative and editorial engagements from the modern through the contemporary period.
- help you develop a critical understanding of diverse creative, theoretic and critical texts.
- provide a space to undertake extended portfolios of creative and editorial work.
- familiarise you with the writing context (audience, publishing in all its forms, the legal framework, modes of transmission);
- And most importantly, to subject you to the discipline of regular writing by providing a stimulating workshop and tutorial environment in which writing skills can be acquired, discussed and honed.
Taking the online distance learning MLitt part-time:
- Part-time year one: students take one semester of workshops and Craft and Experimentation both semesters, and have two tutorials.
- Part-time year two: students take one semester of workshops and Editing and Publication both semesters, and have three tutorials.
Find out more about core and optional courses.
"I can honestly say that the programme was the best thing that has ever happened for my writing."
Nichola Deadman, Creative Writing student
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: Legal statements: Disclaimer.
Graduates have gone into writing, journalism, publishing, and many other professions.
Positions held by recent graduates include Managing Director, Freelance Writer, Author, Copywriter, Author and Community Arts Work.
Find out more about our alumni and their publications by visiting our Creative Writing subject page.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2018-19
|Home and EU|
|Full time fee||£7650|
|Part time 20 credits||850|
|Full time fee||£16650|
Part-time Home/EU fees are £850 per 20 credits (180 credits in total). The credits are split:
Year 1 = 80 credits (4 x £850) for Craft & Experimentation 1 and 2, and Workshops
Year 2 = 100 credits (5 x £850) for Editing & Publication 1 and 2, and Portfolio
Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only
- Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £315
- Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £250
- Registration/exam only fee: £150
John Buchan Mobility Scholarship
Recipients of this scholarship will be selected from applications received for the Research Support Awards. You may wish to indicate that you would like to be considered for one of these scholarships and you may also wish to alert your supervisor to this.
Please see John Buchan Mobility Scholarship for more details.More Information
Thomas and Margaret Roddan Trust
The Thomas and Margaret Roddan Trust offers bursaries of £500-£3000 to students experiencing financial hardship. As a University of Glasgow student, you are eligible to apply if you have your ordinary residence in Scotland or outside the United Kingdom, and are either an undergraduate in your second year or above, or a postgraduate pursuing a taught or a research degree.More Information
The University offers a 10% discount on all Postgraduate Research and full Postgraduate Taught Masters programmes to its alumni. This includes University of Glasgow graduates and those who have completed a Study Abroad programme or the Erasmus Programme at the University of Glasgow. The discount applies to all full-time, part-time and online programmes.More Information
The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database
You will normally have a 2.1 Honours degree (or equivalent), though this is not a pre-requisite.
The primary basis for admission is the appraisal of a portfolio of your creative work.
You submit a portfolio of original work (poetry, fiction, life-writing or other prose, drama, and in some instances a portfolio of work in or of translation). 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.
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.
English language requirements
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):
- overall score 7.0
- no sub-test less than 7.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:
Common equivalent English language qualifications
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
- ibTOEFL: 100; no sub-test less than:
- Reading: 24
- Listening: 24
- Speaking: 23
- Writing: 27
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 185; no sub-test less than 185
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 185; no sub-test less than 185
- PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 70; no sub-test less than 70
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEIII at Pass with Pass in all sub-tests
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
- School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study
- BALEAP guide to accredited courses
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's English for Academic Study Unit offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.
my language qualifications are not listed here?
Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: email@example.com
For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office: firstname.lastname@example.org
How to apply
To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We cannot accept applications any other way.
Please check you meet the Entry requirements for this programme before you begin your application.
As part of your online application, you also need to submit the following supporting documents:
- 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)
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.
For more information about submitting documents or other topics related to applying to a postgraduate taught programme, check Frequently Asked Questions
Guidance notes for using the online application
These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately; they are also available within the help section of the online application form.
If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application then you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.
- Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
- Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
- Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
- Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
- Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
- English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
- Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.
Reference: Please provide the name and contact details for one reference. This should typically be an academic reference but in cases where this is not possible then a reference from a current employer may be accepted instead. Certain programmes, such as the MBA programme, may also accept an employer reference. The reference should be completed on letter headed paper and uploaded on to your application.
For academic year 2018 - 2019:
- 27 November 2017: Please apply by this date to receive a decision on your application by 11 December 2017
(if applying for funding from the University of Glasgow, this deadline must be met)
- 19 February 2018: Please apply by this date to receive a decision on your application by 16 March 2018.
- 21 May 2018: Please apply by this date to receive a decision on your application by 15 June 2018.
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