Literature, Drama and Creative Writing

MA CREATIVE WRITING CRIME FICTION (PART TIME)

Key details 

MA CREATIVE WRITING CRIME FICTION (PART TIME)

Start Year
2022
Attendance
Part Time
Award
Degree of Master of Arts
Duration (years)
2

Assessment for Year 1

Your work will be assessed throughout the year and then marked at the end. 

In your first year you will complete assignments for three modules. You’ll write a 5,000-word essay for both A Theoretical and Practical Approach to Crime Writing and A Critical Approach to Crime Writing. For A Creative Approach to Crime Writing you’ll write the first 10,000 words of your crime novel. 

In your second year you will complete a full-length work of crime fiction (60,000–90,000 words). 

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Assessment for Year 2

Your work will be assessed throughout the year and then marked at the end. 

In your first year you will complete assignments for three modules. You’ll write a 5,000-word essay for both A Theoretical and Practical Approach to Crime Writing and A Critical Approach to Crime Writing. For A Creative Approach to Crime Writing you’ll write the first 10,000 words of your crime novel. 

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 throughout the year and then marked at the end. 

In your first year you will complete assignments for three modules. You’ll write a 5,000-word essay for both A Theoretical and Practical Approach to Crime Writing and A Critical Approach to Crime Writing. For A Creative Approach to Crime Writing you’ll write the first 10,000 words of your crime novel. 

In your second year you will complete a full-length work of crime fiction (60,000–90,000 words). 

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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, review and update of modules. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, the University will endeavour to consult with students and others. It is also possible that 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. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will inform students.

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

Assessment for Year 2

Your work will be assessed throughout the year and then marked at the end. 

In your first year you will complete assignments for three modules. You’ll write a 5,000-word essay for both A Theoretical and Practical Approach to Crime Writing and A Critical Approach to Crime Writing. For A Creative Approach to Crime Writing you’ll write the first 10,000 words of your crime novel. 

In your second year you will complete a full-length work of crime fiction (60,000–90,000 words). 

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, review and update of modules. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, the University will endeavour to consult with students and others. It is also possible that 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. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will inform students.

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: 4478594

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees for the Academic Year 2022/23 are: 

  • UK Students: Course part-time on a two-year basis. Course fee charged £5,000 per academic year (£10,000 over course).

  • International Students: Course part-time on a two-year basis. Course fee charged £5,000 per academic year (£10,000 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: 4478594

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 2022.  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: 4478594
Key details
Attendance
Part Time
Award
Degree of Master of Arts
Duration (years)
2
The Creative Writing programme at UEA was the first of its kind in the UK and is distinguished by the unrivalled success of its alumni, who include the 2017 Nobel Laureate Kazuo Ishiguro, and his fellow Booker Prize-winners Ian McEwan and Anne Enright. We introduced the first MA in 1970, the first PhD in 1987, and students now join us from all over the world. The MA Crime Fiction builds on our world-leading expertise, presenting you with the unique opportunity to further your knowledge and skills within the highly dynamic crime genre.
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