Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

The course is taught through small, dynamic seminars and one'to'one tuition. We offer modules in fiction writing and options in playwriting, poetry, screenwriting and creative non'fiction. Students have opportunities to interact with publishers and agents to broaden their understanding of the market and will be eligible to submit work for publication in the annual Birkbeck Creative Writing journal, The Mechanics' Institute Review and the Writers' Hub website. You will taught by published authors and practitioners.

Course Modules

The programme includes seminars and workshops in fiction and also seminars in contemporary literature. You take 2 core modules and 1 contemporary literature core module, and choose 1 option module from a selection. You can also select your spring term option from any of those offered by the other MA programmes in the Department of English and Humanities. You also complete a dissertation of 15,000 words. Core modules include: Writing and reading seminar; writing workshop; contemporary literature core modules (select 1): Contemporary writing 2: Genre poetry workshop; writing for young adults (workshop). Option modules: Creative non'fiction introduction to playwriting; introduction to screenwriting; publishing, performance, editing workshop; MA creative writing dissertation.

Course Additional Entry

A good Honours degree (this requirement may be waived if you can demonstrate exceptional talent); a portfolio of writing of around 5000 words and a personal statement (to be submitted with your application form); students are selected on the basis of their portfolio and statement, an interview (selected candidates only) and their degree. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub'tests.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £13,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £6,950  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA (Postgraduate) £6,875  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA (Postgraduate) £3,975  Academic year. First year home fees