Professional Writing MA
Develop the skills to forge a successful career in business, publishing, media communications and the arts. You’ll learn to write fiction, magazine features and marketing copy for a range of competitive and fast-moving industries.
|Course Duration||1 year|
Immerse yourself in the literary world as part of a lively community of fellow writers and visiting speakers. Learning from working industry professionals, you’ll develop skills like genre writing, narrative structure, research and self-promotion. You’ll also learn to create compelling narratives and voices, then apply these techniques to your specialism. Graduating with a portfolio and an accomplished working style, you’ll emerge primed to tackle the industry head-on.
What our students do
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What our graduates do
Our graduates have become published authors, and taken on roles like deputy editor, full-time playwright, psychologist, feature writer and entertainment journalist.
What you'll learn
On top of their regular learning, our students have placed work in local and national publications, and secured placements and ongoing work with leading publishers, media organisations, copywriting agencies, magazines and newspapers.
We'll develop your core writing skills in a range of formats and explore how different writers work in different sectors. You’ll then choose two specialisms from options like Fiction, Non-Fiction, Scriptwriting, and Business & Editorial Writing, so you can build a portfolio of your skills. We’ll also look into using the web and social media to build a profile as a writer.
You'll then carry out industry-focused research, and we’ll encourage you to secure work experience to help you develop a proposal for your creative MA project.
Story, Structure and Form
Inhabiting Narrative: Character, World and Genre
Business & Editorial Writing
You’ll work independently on your MA project, with support from your specialist tutor, and write an essay on an aspect of your writing practice.
Independent Project & Contextual Essay
The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.
How you'll learn
This 45-week course covers 3 study blocks and brings together seminars, lectures, real-world briefs, practical workshops and your own self-managed work. You'll work individually and in teams - collaborating with other media professionals, developing your own projects and business ideas, and giving and receiving feedback.
Our Writers in Residence programme has previously featured Wyl Menmuir, Emily Barr, Matt Haig, Lionel Shriver, Owen Sheers and Philip Marsden. You’ll also have the chance to attend the London Book Fair and Port Eliot Festival.
- Formal assessment and feedback at the end of each module.
- Final assessment is largely based on your extended creative project, which is accompanied by a contextual essay.
Our staff feature seasoned, published writers and industry professionals, with experience in areas like narrative and technology, game design, film directing, screenwriting, playwriting, journalism, young adult and children’s writing, and creating award-winning short films.
Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every member shown here.
Dr Danielle Barrios-O'Neill
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Dr Luke Thompson
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John has worked in the film and media sector for over ten years. He started...
Kris graduated from Birmingham City University and later studied screenwriting at UCLA....
Oliver is a prolific features journalist whose work appears regularly in national newspapers...
- Library with a wide range of online resources.
- Media Centre with industry-standard audio/video recording and editing equipment.
- Course-specific Virtual Learning Environment.
How to apply
We welcome applications from those with relevant equivalent Level 6 qualifications, or relevant equivalent experience, and a demonstrable interest in the subject.
We’ll also welcome your application if you have formal or 'certified' learning (such as training courses not run by universities or colleges) and learning from work experience or self-study. This is called Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL), and should have been gained within the last five years, and be equivalent to the learning outcomes of our minimum entry qualifications.
APL applicants using experience to apply should note there is a £200 application fee for entry with advanced standing or with exemption from specific modules or credit.
If English isn’t your first language, you'll need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.
International applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK must take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) to fulfil government visa requirements, or have a recognised language test approved and vouched for by the University. Our Admissions team can help with any questions you may have about study visas or suitable language tests.
- Apply online
- We'll ask you to send us a sample of your work along with your application. This could be an unpublished (or published) short story, screenplay, report, journalistic feature, novel extract or anything else you’ve written. If we feel you have potential, we'll invite you to an interview. Skype interviews can be arranged if this isn't possible.
Once you’ve applied, you’ll receive a Falmouth Applicant Portal login, where you’ll find more details about these requirements.
Fees, costs & funding
Tuition fees 2018-19
- £8,000 - 2018-19 full-time UK/EU (£250 acceptance fee payable. This is deducted from tuition fees).
- £15,000 - 2018-19 full-time international (acceptance fee up to £1,000 payable, dependent on nationality. This is deducted from tuition fees).
Typical course costs
£250 - Optional study visits and placements for the course duration.
If you need to bring equipment or materials with you, these will be outlined in your Welcome Letter.
The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs