Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

This course allows you to develop your work as a creative writer, going beyond the merely personal and writing with an engaged sense of society and an understanding of the location of your work in relation to contemporary practices. You will take one of three distinct pathways: Fiction Writing, Poetry Writing, and Poetic Practice. In addition, you will take modules in Supplementary Discourses and Reading as a Writer, and undertake a Practical Project and a Dissertation.

This is unique, practice-based pathway that draws upon the Department of English's expertise in contemporary experimental poetry and writing within an expanded field of creative practice. All three Creative Writing pathways are taught at Bedford Square, our creative campus in the heart of London?s Bloomsbury, close to the University of London's facilities.

A significant number of our Creative Writing students have become published authors or found work in publishing and allied professions. We have an impressive record for placing graduates in academic jobs; recently they've secured positions at the Universities of Edinburgh, Leeds, Sussex and UEA, Shakespeare?s Globe Theatre and the National University of Ireland. This course will give you a distinctive, creative edge in careers such as publishing, teaching, writing and journalism, administration and marketing. Recent graduates have taken up jobs at the BBC and in art therapy.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £9,200 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £9,200 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £16,400 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £4,600 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £4,600 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,200 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have 2:1 Single or combined honours English. Normally we require a UK 2:1 (Honours) or equivalent in relevant subjects but we will consider a high 2:2 or relevant work experience. Candidates with professional qualifications in an associated area may be considered. Where a ?high 2:2? is considered, we would normally define this as reflecting a profile of 57% or above.
  • International entry requirements: Students will require: IELTS: 7.0 overall (Writing 7.0). No other subscore lower than 5.5; Pearson Test of English: 69 overall. Writing 69. No other subscore lower than 51; Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE): ISE IV; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) grade C.
  • IELTS score: 7