Professional Development & Short Courses

Alongside our full- and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, the Department of English offers a range of stand-alone short courses. Available to study as discrete, one-off units, many of these courses also provide the option to accrue credits towards a postgraduate qualification in either Creative Writing or English Studies.

Encompassing a range of critical and creative subjects, short courses in English and Creative Writing at Manchester Met are delivered by a team of fully research-active staff, widely-published writers and visiting industry experts. Our short courses are suitable for those wanting to undertake bite-sized chunks of postgraduate study, or for curious and open-minded readers and writers who wish to expand their knowledge of our specialist subjects and stretch their skills.

Many of our short courses can be taken as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) units, with assessed work submitted for formal accreditation. These CPD courses deliver a range of skills and development opportunities to teachers, lecturers and other arts and education professionals who find our courses useful as sources of insight, new ideas and practical tips from experts in the field.

Those wishing to progress to full Masters study can apply to bring short course credits into our MFA/MA in Creative Writing or our MA in English Studies. You can apply to bring credits gained from our CPD short courses into our full Masters programmes via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning process. Please note that bringing prior learning credits into a full Masters programme may affect your eligibility for a Postgraduate Loan.


Manchester Writing School- Creative Writing Summer School

Delivered by the Manchester Writing School, our creative short courses are vocationally led programmes, in creative writing, creative practitioning and specialist writing skills.

Literature & Film

Writing Skills for Researchers

Validated at Master’s level, our Literature & Film short courses offer compact programmes, in specific strands of literary criticism and thought.

The Gothic

As part of the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies, our short courses on The Gothic offer a specialist suite of programmes on Gothic texts.