Rhodes University’s MA in Creative Writing Application 2022


The management of Rhodes University announced that the application for MA in Creative Writing course is now open for the 2022/2023 academic session.

Rhodes University MACW

Rhodes University’s MA in Creative Writing is committed to innovative approaches to literary production that expand the possibilities of writing.

There are full-time and part-time study options. The full-time, full-residency option runs for one year every year, and the part-time, low residency option, over two years every second year.

Rhodes MA in Creative Writing Application in Details

Admissions information for the Rhodes University, RU Master, MA in Creative Writing Application is detailed below.


RU MACW application closes on 1 July 2021.

No applications will be considered after the application deadline Successful candidates will be announced by October.

Admission Requirements

Students need an Honours degree in any discipline or the NQF equivalent (e.g. a 4-year B. Journ degree).

Tuition Fees

Fees changes every year, and can be found at www.ru.ac.za/applying/fees within the fees booklet under the first general heading of “All Faculties other than as specified below”.

Part-time students pay the full fee for each of the two years. If a student drops out or fails to fulfill the programme requirements, fees are not refundable.

Course Materials

There is a non-refundable fee of R200 for course materials deducted from your student account (full-time and part-time students).

Bursaries and Funding

There are a limited number of bursaries for full-time students covering both tuition fees and living expenses, provided by the Mellon Foundation.

Bursary allocations are based on financial need, equity, and genre development. Contact the Rhodes office of Postgraduate Funding for an application form.

The Rhodes Postgraduate Funding office provides loans, normally covering fees only, and only for full-time students.

Please Note

  1. Potential Bursary recipients must apply for postgraduate residence when they apply for the course
  2. Bursary recipients must reside in any of the university postgraduate residences.

Course Requirements

Upon acceptance to the course, students are provided with a short reading list which they have to investigate over the months before the course begins. You are not expected to buy these books.

Reading: At the start of the course proper, students are given an extensive modular reading list to map out potential reading trajectories. Students will write book reviews in addition to their regular assignments.

Reflective Journaling: Students are required to record their ongoing learning experience as writers, in a reflective journal.

In the journal, they reflect critically on their learning experiences, comment on the coursework assignments, and discuss their reading research.

The ability to reflect on one’s learning is a crucial component of postgraduate studies, and an invaluable process for writers to engage with.

The MACW Course Dates

Rhodes MA in Creative Writing Course dates does not always coincide with the university terms and holidays. Exact dates will be supplied closer to the time.

  • Orientation week: Week 4, 24-28 January 2022.
  • Full-Time course starts Monday 31 January 2022.

How to Apply for MA in Creative Writing at Rhodes

Applications should be made ONLINE via the Rhodes ROSS system: https://ross.ru.ac.za/pgadmissions

When completing your application, please select “Humanities” as the faculty, and “School of Languages and Literatures” as the department.

There is no need to complete the “supervisor” field, as this will be determined later.

If the application process cannot proceed without the name of a supervisor please use Dr. Hleze Kunju for Poetry and isiXhosa, and Mr. Paul Wessels for Prose and others.

Please ensure all supporting documents required by the University are included in your application.


Please print & read this document Creative Writing Prospectus 2022 below for more important details.

 ➡  Rhodes University’s MA in Creative Writing Prospectus 2022.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here