Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

Have you been writing creatively for a while and feel the need for some professional support? Do you wish to be read by like'minded people? Do you sense that you can write but struggle with the mechanics of form and structure? Do you harbour a desire to see how far your writing can get you? Do you dream of being a published author?

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.

All teaching is done by regularly published and produced award'winning writers, who will help you strengthen and professionalise your identity as a writer. 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 MIROnline.

Course Modules

he programme includes seminars and workshops in fiction and also seminars in contemporary literature.

You take 2 core modules, choose 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.

To find out more, read our programme handbook.

Core modules:

Writing and Reading Seminar;

Writing Workshop .

Contemporary literature core module:

Contemporary Writing 2: Genre;

Poetry Workshop .

Option modules:

Creative Non'Fiction;

Introduction to Playwriting;

Introduction to Screenwriting .

MA Creative Writing Dissertation

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA £8,175 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA £14,850 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA £4,075 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA £7,425 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • 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.