Published: 21 April 2020

Top jobs with an English literature or creative writing masters degree

Find out what you could do with a masters degree in English literature or creative writing and discover some of the jobs our graduates have secured.

"The skills you develop on our English literature and creative writing masters course are a gateway to a wide range of careers in the creative industries, marketing, PR and professional writing."

Professor Bran Nicol, Head of the School of Literature and Languages

Graduate roles

Some of our graduates have gone on to start their careers in the following roles:

English literature

  • Content Writer
  • Editor
  • Publisher
  • Journalist
  • Teacher
  • Technical Writer.

Creative writing

  • Content Writer
  • Editor
  • Professional Writer
  • Publisher
  • Journalist
  • Technical Writer.

“Over the course of my postgraduate experience at Surrey, my modules have helped me to feel more prepared for my future career. The academic staff have been excellent, helping me to hone my research, writing and networking skills.”

Garth Wenman-James, MA English Literature

Related professions

The skills you gain are also highly relevant in other fields, including:

  • English Language training
  • Marketing
  • PR
  • Public sector
  • Social work.

Many of our graduates go on to complete a PhD, investigating an area of personal interest.


Discover more about our postgraduate English literature and creative writing courses and what it’s like being a student at Surrey.

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