The MA in Creative Writing is a uniquely inspirational programme that delivers integrated training in the writing of literary and media text.
Taught by experienced writers of the major profile, this course provides teaching on a range of genres including fiction, short story, poetry, drama, screenwriting and creative non-fiction.
Your studies will connect with the unique literary culture of Wales, home to one of the oldest bardic traditions in Europe.
Why Creative Writing at Swansea?
As part of a vibrant Swansea community of writers and artists, you will have the chance to forge personal links with National Theatre Wales and open-mic events at venues such as the Dylan Thomas Centre and Howl. There is also scope for work experience with local publishers.
The College of Arts and Humanities is based on our energising Singleton Park campus, in parkland overlooking Swansea Bay.
Designed to promote individual and collaborative research activity of international standard, the Graduate Centre provides a supportive environment for postgraduate research and taught masters study.
It offers postgraduate training to enhance academic and professional development and facilitates seminar programmes, workshops and international conferences.
Your Creative Writing Experience
You will study a set number of optional 20-credit modules, before undertaking a 60-credit creative writing dissertation in the second part of the course.
Varied modules include long fiction, writing radio drama, screenwriting, James Joyce and literary theory, global media and comparative journalism.
Drama writing is a particular teaching strength and contains the relatively new and unexplored field of Dramaturgy.
You have the chance to write for the online journal The Swansea Review, student-run online journal The Siren, and The Waterfront student newspaper.
On the annual Writers’ Day at the Dylan Thomas Centre, you can meet with editors, agents, publishers and writers, to discuss the finer details of the publication and the craft of writing.
You will also benefit from guest visits by figures from the world of arts and publishing and free membership of Literature Wales, the national literature promotion agency.
Creative Writing Employment Opportunities
As well as significantly improving your writing skills, you should develop oral communication skills by learning to present your ideas in a range of formats.
Graduates from this course enter a range of creative industries including publishing, broadcasting, marketing and advertising.
The typical entry requirement is a first degree in a relevant discipline, normally a 2:2 with a minimum of 55% overall, and a short portfolio of writing. Overseas students are expected to possess an IELTS score of 6.5.
Careers and Employability
Careers and Employability Swansea Employability Academy (SEA) will support you at each stage of your career journey helping you build a bright future.
Our career support services include:
Employability workshops, employers’ talks, bespoke events and careers fairs.
Individual advice and guidance from professionally qualified Careers Advisers.
Help with finding jobs, internships, work placements and volunteering opportunities.
Access to information resources on a wide range of career management topics.
Funding to support student internship opportunities and Student Society/Club events.
We also provide help and advice for Swansea University Alumni up to two years after you graduate.
Swansea University was named University of the Year in the 2019 Whatuni Student Choice Awards for the second time in five years. As well as being crowned University of the Year, Swansea University took the top spot in the International category and placed top three in the Postgraduate, and Course and Lecturers categories. The Whatuni Student Choice Awards are voted for entirely by students, with more than 41,000 reviews and comments submitted from more than 160 UK institutions.
In the prestigious Guardian University Guide 2021, we are placed 24th in the UK and have won the Welsh University of the Year title for the second time in three years, cementing our position as Wales’ leading higher education institution.
We place our students at the heart of everything. As a result, we achieved a gold rating, the highest rating possible, in the national Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) and are ranked 6th in the UK for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey for 2020.
Our stunning waterfront campuses make us a desirable location for students and staff from around the world, and our multicultural community provides a global perspective, enabling those who join us to develop skills and knowledge that set them on successful and enriching careers.