Within the Specialisation in Transnational Creative Writing you will develop advanced writing and analytical skills for the study of writing craft and art, as well as publishing industries. You will gain a deeper understanding of specific issues within general creative practice, as well as the increasing field of transnational creativity, and learn to use advanced methods for the exploration of literary texts, both in terms of form and in terms of their relation to history, politics, and ethics. You will also develop practical skills related to reviewing and editing literary works and the production of the international journal Two Thirds North.

Giving an international and transnational perspective, the programme qualifies the students for doctoral studies in the field of creative writing, but is also useful for work within diverse publishing industries, as well as other fields where there is a demand for knowledge about the significance of language for communication and social development, and which require international broad-mindedness, historical competence and the ability to deal with complex information in a systematic and critical fashion.

Modules within the MA are taught by our in-house staff: Dr. Adnan Mahmutovic, Dr. Paul Schreiber, and Prof. Stefan Helgesson. Each term we will have visiting professionals from our affiliated universities: Bath Spa University, University of Adelaide, Manchester University, Cardiff University, University of Plymouth, University of Limerick, and many more.

The programme leads to a Master of Arts degree in English.

Further information about available modules will be released before the start of each term under Second cycle (advanced) courses. Schedules and course literature are published ahead of each term.

Coordinator: Adnan Mahmutovic
E-mail: ma@english.su.se

How to apply

Applications for the programme are made through Universityadmissions.se (in English for international students) or through Antagning.se (in Swedish for national students). Check their websites for dates and deadlines for applications.

Education plan and application

Admission requirements

A Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major, including a degree project / thesis of at least 15 credits, in a discipline related to the course (languages or another subject within humanities). Applicants’ knowledge of English must be documented by an international proficiency test: TOEFL test including TWE with a minimum of 630 (paper) 267 (computer) or 109 (Internet), or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency with an A or B grade, or IELTS test with a minimum of 7.5 (and no module under 7), or the equivalent.

Please note that the English language requirement for this programme is higher than the basic English B/6 requirement. Exemptions from our requirement can only be given in some instances - please contact us for more information. The exemption cases listed on www.universityadmissions.se refer to the basic English B/6 requirement and therefore do not apply to our programme.

Selection criteria

Selection to the programme will be made on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Sample of written work related to the programme, that is no less than 1000 words of fiction or non-fiction (note: this is the entrance test and will carry more weight than the other criteria);
  • Letter of motivation;
  • The quality of previous academic studies (grades achieved);
  • Relevance of previous studies in relation to the programme.

Applicants should refer to the University Admissions website for information on how to submit their documentation. The writing sample can be sent directly to us at ma@english.su.se. Students who apply to the programme in the first admission round need to send us their writing sample by 1 March 2018 at the latest.

Information for admitted students, autumn 2017

Information for admitted students, autumn 2016