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Studying postgraduate courses in 2020-2021 – Michaelmas term to be delivered remotely

For the Michaelmas term of the 2020-2021 Academic Year this course is being taught remotely. This means there will be no face-to-face teaching and you will not need to be present in person in Cambridge.  The course content will be delivered, and the learning outcomes met, through the use of video-based teaching platforms and a dedicated course Virtual Learning Environment. Face-to-face teaching will resume when it is safe and possible to do so.

The dates for modules 1 and 2 listed below have been extended by a day due to the change to remote delivery for the Michaelmas term 2020. 

The Master of Studies (MSt) in Creative Writing is designed for those who wish to develop high-level skills in creative writing both in fiction and non-fiction literatures. The MSt is taught over two years in short, intensive study blocks. It has been designed to be accessible to those in full- or part-time employment and to international students.

Watch MSt students talk about their experience of the course »

Listen to the recording of the course Open Day (December 2019) »

It is currently our intention to deliver this course as scheduled. We will, however, be keeping this decision under close review given the uncertain circumstances. If current restrictions are extended and face-to-face delivery is still not viable, we will communicate alternative arrangements as soon as possible.

Progression for students who have completed this course is provided in a number of ways: some students may use this course as a progression route into a PhD in Creative Writing or in English Literature at other Universities, or they could go on to study the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching Creative Writing at ICE. 


Fees and funding


The fees for 2020 will be £7,545 per annum for Home/EU students and £11,445 per annum for overseas students. The combined graduate fee includes college membership. The fee can be paid in eight equal instalments. Students on this course can apply to Wolfson, St Edmund's, Selwyn or Lucy Cavendish.

Students will be expected to cover the application fee (£65 online) and any costs of travel. The cost of accommodation during the modules (assuming that face-to-face teaching has resumed by that point) at Madingley Hall is £60 per night. Additional nights accommodation before or after the residential session can be arranged if rooms are available. Please note that, although you will be a member of a college, you will not be entitled to college accommodation.


For information on a loan from Student Finance England for course fees and a contribution towards living costs, please see

The Institute of Continuing Education does not offer any of its bursaries for this course.

Course dates

14 Sep 2020 to 01 Jul 2022

Course duration

2 years

Apply by

31 Jan 2020

Course fee

Home: £15,090
Overseas: £22,890

Academic director

Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


Virtual Classroom
(via Zoom or equivalent)

Qualifications / Credits

Master of Studies

Course code