What will I learn?

This is one of very few courses in the UK that gives you the opportunity to concentrate exclusively on writing non-fiction. Our students come from extremely varied backgrounds, and in the past have included barristers, a zoologist, actors, doctors, teachers, a master of wine and an asparagus farmer.

The age range is diverse too: from people in their early twenties to those in their sixties and seventies. Students come from all parts of the globe but all are united in their desire and commitment to write non-fiction. The diversity of students and the range of their interests is one of the great strengths of the course, as is its collegiate atmosphere: you’ll discover that you’ll learn as much critiquing your peers’ writing as you do writing your own pieces.

Some people come with a project in mind, others have no specific idea about what they want to write. Either approach is fine – the course gives you the opportunity to develop an existing project and to experiment with different subjects and voices. Your time at UEA offers you a unique opportunity to focus on your writing in a stimulating and supportive environment.

We encourage you to take advantage of UEA’s vibrant literary culture. Each year a dozen or so leading novelists, poets and non-fiction writers visit Norwich to take part in our autumn and spring literary festivals. You will also have the opportunity to meet some of the UK’s leading agents and publishers, who make regular visits to the university to give talks.

We publish an anthology of our students’ writing each year and distribute it to a key list of editors, agents and critics.

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Literary non-fiction is changing in exciting ways and this is your chance to be a part of it.

Instead of the old ‘cradle to grave’ narratives of well-known literary or political figures, our best modern writers are now experimenting with new forms and subjects. Nature-writing, the personal essay, food journalism, art criticism and memoir are all part of the exciting emerging mix.?

So if you want to develop your own non-fiction writing in any of these genres or one of your own, this MA programme is for you. You’ll study on one of the only dedicated non-fiction MA courses in the UK at the country’s leading university for the teaching of Creative Writing. This enables you to graduate with the best grounding possible for a successful and fulfilling literary career.?

Which department am I in?

School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£18,500.00 (US$ 24,473) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

26 September 2022

Venue

University of East Anglia UEA

Norwich Research Park,

Norwich,

Norfolk,

NR4 7TJ, England

Entry requirements

For international students

Bachelors (Hons) degree - 2.1 or equivalent at anu subject. Our usual entry requirements are as follows: IELTS: 7.0 (minimum 6.0 in each section and 7.0 in writing); PTE (Pearson): 76 (minimum 64 in each section and 76 in writing). TOEFL iBT: 79.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About University of East Anglia UEA

The University of East Anglia (UEA) is a highly ranked British university situated in the vibrant and historical city of Norwich, UK.

  • UK Top 30 University (The Times/The Sunday Times and CUG 2022)
  • World Top 200 (THE World Rankings 2022)
  • World Top 50 for research citations (THE World Univ Rank 2022)

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