Literature, Drama and Creative Writing

MA CREATIVE WRITING CRIME FICTION (PART TIME)

Key details 

MA CREATIVE WRITING CRIME FICTION (PART TIME)

Start Year
2023
Attendance
Part Time
Award
Degree of Master of Arts
Duration (years)
2

Assessment for Year 1

Your work will be assessed formatively throughout the first year through a combination of presentations, projects, exercises, and creative submissions. Feedback will be both written and verbal. 

You will also have to complete three summative assessments at the end of the year: a 5,000-word essay for both ‘A Theoretical and Practical Approach to Crime Writing’ and ‘A Critical Approach to Crime Writing’, and the opening 10,000 words of your crime novel for ‘A Creative Approach to Crime Writing 1.’ 

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Assessment for Year 2

Alongside continuous formal assessment, in your second year you will complete a full-length work of crime fiction (60,000–90,000 words).
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This is the first year of your part-time course.

Assessment for Year 1

Your work will be assessed formatively throughout the first year through a combination of presentations, projects, exercises, and creative submissions. Feedback will be both written and verbal. 

You will also have to complete three summative assessments at the end of the year: a 5,000-word essay for both ‘A Theoretical and Practical Approach to Crime Writing’ and ‘A Critical Approach to Crime Writing’, and the opening 10,000 words of your crime novel for ‘A Creative Approach to Crime Writing 1.’ 

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Register interest   
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Important Information

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring and review of modules. Where this activity leads to significant change to a programme and modules, the University will endeavour to consult with affected students. The University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff. Availability of optional modules may be restricted owing to timetabling, lack of demand, or limited places. Where this is the case, you will be asked to make alternative module choices and you will be supported during this process.

This is the second year of your part-time course.

Assessment for Year 2

Alongside continuous formal assessment, in your second year you will complete a full-length work of crime fiction (60,000–90,000 words).
Clearing and Admissions Live Chat   
Register interest   
Open Days   

Important Information

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring and review of modules. Where this activity leads to significant change to a programme and modules, the University will endeavour to consult with affected students. The University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff. Availability of optional modules may be restricted owing to timetabling, lack of demand, or limited places. Where this is the case, you will be asked to make alternative module choices and you will be supported during this process.

Entry Requirements

Degree classification

Bachelors (Hons) degree - 2.1 or equivalent preferred

Degree subject

Any subject

Additional entry requirements

Candidates will be expected to submit a portfolio of writing for assessment of between 3000 and 5000 words, which could be part of a novel in progress or a piece or pieces of short fiction. This does not have to be crime writing focused but must be prose fiction.

Students for whom english is a foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 7.0 (minimum 7.0 in writing and 6.0 in all other components)

  • PTE (Pearson): 76 (minimum 76 in writing and 64 in all other components)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests

INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact intopre-sessional@uea.ac.uk

Interviews

Promising candidates will be invited for a Skype interview with a member of the Creative Writing faculty and we aim to inform candidates of the outcome within five working days. Unsuccessful candidates are welcome to re-apply, though not within the same academic year. Successful candidates will either be offered a place for the forthcoming academic year or a place for the following academic year (if it is felt that they need more time to develop as a writer). Once the forthcoming year is ‘full’ candidates will be offered a place on our reserve list with the option of a place for the following academic year if a place does not become available.

Intakes

This course is open to UK, EU and International applicants. The annual intake for this course is in September each year.

Course Reference Number: 6884994

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees for the Academic Year 2023/24 are: 

  • UK Students: Course part-time on a two-year basis. Course fee charged £5,350 per academic year (£10,700 over course).

  • International Students: Course part-time on a two-year basis. Course fee charged £5,350 per academic year (£10,700 over course).

We estimate living expenses at £1,023 per month. 

Further Information on tuition fees can be found here

 

Scholarships and Bursaries 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates. 

Course related costs

You will need to pay expenses for the residentials – including travel, accommodation and subsistence. 

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of other course-related costs. 

Course Reference Number: 6884994

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

To apply please use our online application form.

Please note that the closing date for receipt of complete applications (including all documentation and references) is 1 June 2023.  However, the course may become full before the closing date and so candidates are advised to apply as early as possible.

Please note that those candidates offered a place on the course for the forthcoming academic year will not be able to defer their offer to the next year if they are unable to take up the offer of a place, however they are welcome to reapply the next year.

FURTHER INFORMATION

To request further information & to be kept up to date with news & events please use our online enquiry form.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

Course Reference Number: 6884994
Key details
Attendance
Part Time
Award
Degree of Master of Arts
Duration (years)
2
Explore the art of murder on a unique and flexible part-time programme dedicated to the history, theory, and craft of crime writing. On this degree, you’ll study a variety of approaches to the genre, all the while developing your own creative practice through a combination of workshops, seminars, masterclasses with established writers, and dedicated one-on-one tutorials with our experienced tutors. You’ll discover the rich formal and thematic potentialities of crime writing and be given the opportunity to complete a full-length novel in a supportive, inclusive, and highly skilled environment.
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