MA Creative Writing

Postgraduate, Part-time

Add expertise to your talent and ideas and learn in the company of industry experts on this innovative, inspiring course for aspiring writers.

  • Napier code:

    54719MM

  • Course type:

    Part-time

  • Duration:

    2 years

  • Award:

    MA

  • Location:

    Merchiston campus

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Course introduction

If you want to make a career in writing, this course is for you. You already have talent and ideas, we’ll add the expertise you need to approach your chosen market with confidence, originality and skill. No ambitions are out of bounds: we love commercial genre fiction and literary experiments equally.

We aim to ensure our graduates are equipped to succeed - and to change the culture they choose to enter.

This is a part-time course, starting in September, which can be tailored to suit your needs.


creative writing

We take an innovative approach to the training and support of aspiring writers, driven by intellectual ambition and practical industry experience. There are four strands to the programme:

  • developing narrative technique
  • practising vocational skills (including abridgement, adaptation and collaborative creation)
  • experimental, theoretical and personal development work
  • regular one-to-one editorial mentoring

Uniquely, the course offers a dynamic range of cross-disciplinary options. Writing for graphic fiction, screenwriting, interactive media and creative non-fiction are all offered as specialisms, while our pioneering module in genre fiction covers crime, horror, fantasy and science fiction with YA options in each.

We host an exciting programme of lectures and master classes from award-winning authors and high-profile industry experts. In addition, an internationally recognised author joins us for 12 months as Writer in Residence, to develop new work alongside students, share experience and offer one-to-one consultations.

Our approach to full-length narrative development trains you to deploy a range of unique and dynamic pre-writing techniques invented by our programme. This energetic combination of conceptual development and critical self-reflection will transform you into a technically adept, purposeful writer ready to make your mark.

This course is studied part-time for two years. With the support and guidance of our tutors you’ll develop an individualised programme of study that best suits you.

The course is taught by industry professionals Sam Kelly, a former literary agent and David Bishop, a successful working writer and former editor. In addition to campus facilities, our students have access to the Writers’ Room, a private workspace with Wi-Fi, available evenings and weekends. It houses an exclusive library of 2,000 hand-picked books, DVDs and graphic novels and is the venue for reading groups and social events.

The MA is piloting a Teaching Internship Scheme, offering selected graduates the opportunity to develop their teaching practice with the course for a further year.

Subjects include

  • Creating Narrative – Writer’s Toolkit
  • Innovation and Authorship
  • Creative and Editorial Development
  • Writing Practice – First Person Narrative
  • Writing Graphic Fiction
  • Writing Genre Fiction
  • Creative Non-Fiction
  • Interactive Media
  • Major Project

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Among our graduates’ achievements are:

  • book deals
  • representation by literary agents
  • international and national competition wins
  • publication in magazines and anthologies
  • Edinburgh International Book Festival appearances
  • paid editing and writing commissions
  • performances and teaching
  • working for national literary organisations


The entry requirements for this course are an Honours Degree at a 2:2 or above in any discipline with relevant writing experience.

Once your application is received, you may be contacted by the Programme Leader with an invitation to submit a sample of writing: this is the second stage in selection. Please do not send writing samples with your initial application, as a detailed brief and deadline will be provided. The final stage in the selection process is an interview: for international applicants, this is conducted by telephone.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test.  The English Language requirements for this programme are IELTS (Academic) with an overall score of 7.0 with no individual component score of less than 7.0.  For guidance on the acceptability of other English Language tests please contact pgadmissions@napier.ac.uk

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We are committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.


Tuition fees
Students from 2016/17 2017/18
Stage 1 £1,700 £1,700
Stage 2 £1,700 £1,700
Dissertation £350 £350
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Home EU - Total Fee £3,750 £3,750
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Stage 1 £5,679 £5,679
Stage 2 £6,941 £6,941
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Overseas - Total Fee £12,000 £12,620
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