Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked third best in London and 11th in the UK in the Times Higher Education 2015'16 World University Subject Rankings. Our School of Arts is in the top 5 in the country and our Department of English is a top'rated research department in the areas of both English literature and creative writing. You will be taught by published writers ' active practitioners in their respective fields ' and by guest lecturers (established authors) and publishing industry professionals. You will have the unique opportunity to develop your skills as a writer while deepening your understanding of the demands and expectations of writing as a career. Birkbeck's BA Creative Writing and English has an expansive, multi'genre approach to the study of writing (fiction, poetry, drama, screenwriting and life'writing), while also uniquely offering the opportunity to study English literature and literary criticism in depth. Birkbeck is located in the heart of literary London ' in Bloomsbury, WC1 ' and writers and academics maintain strong links with publishers and broadcasters. Many of our English literature and creative writing graduates take higher degrees or move into new careers in, for example, education, the arts and the media. Several of our BA Creative Writing students have gone on to be published. You will be taught in small, interactive workshop groups. You will be eligible to submit work to the annual Birkbeck creative writing journal, The Mechanics' Institute Review. Birkbeck is different: classes are in the evening, so you can work, volunteer or do your own thing during the day. Record numbers of students are doing just that and getting a head start on their future careers.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £13,000  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • SQA Higher
  • GCE A-level
  • Tariff 120
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • GCE AS-level
  • Course specific