At NTU, we have a thriving writing community, and exciting, dynamic, professionally-focused programmes in creative writing at BA, MA and PhD levels. Click the headings below to find out more about these courses.

BA Creative Writing

Duration: 3 years full time

This course will introduce you to the intricacies of writing, enabling you to develop your writing skills alongside the study of suitable literature. It offers you the opportunity to work with a range of published writers and academics, and to learn the skills required to master the craft of writing, alongside other essential skills such as editing, drafting, pitching and performing your work. A wide range of optional modules enables you to follow your instincts and interests, whether they lie in fiction, writing for stage, screen or radio, or in another area of creative writing. Our strong focus on developing employability skills throughout your degree will ensure you have the skills and experience necessary to succeed in your future career – or to go on to postgraduate study in a related subject.

MA Creative Writing

Duration: 1 year full time or 2 years part time; taught in the evening

This is one of the longest established postgraduate courses of its kind in the UK, with a very strong record of publication by its graduates. Designed for talented and committed writers, the course is taught by a team of award-winning writers and academics. You will have the opportunity to work in a variety of genres, including fiction, poetry, children’s and young adult fiction, and writing for radio, stage and screen, and to tailor your course to suit your interests. Our close links to the publishing and editing industries provide you with networking opportunities and the chance to talk with and be taught by a hugely impressive list of visiting publishers, editors, agents and award-winning visiting writers such as William Ivory, Kathleen Jamie, Alan Hollinghurst, Carrie Etter, and Michael Schmidt. Many of our graduates go on to achieve publication or to work with an agent, go into the arts industries, undertake funded PhDs, and so on.


Nottingham Trent University offers opportunities to study for an MPhil or PhD by research in creative writing, critical-creative writing, and creative and critical writing. Supervision is available by full-time or part-time study, and can sometimes be provided by distance learning. NTU is a member of Midlands4Cities, which provides full scholarships to successful applicants. Many of the M4C-funded PhD students are or have been supervised by our academic staff members. The university also provides scholarships. Look at the ‘Members’ tab of this website to find our potential supervisors and current PhD students.

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