Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

Our MFA (Master of Fine Art) Creative Writing offers you the opportunity to write a full-length work of fiction to a standard where it may be offered to literary agents. The course is taught through small, dynamic seminars and one-to-one dissertation tuition by regularly published and produced award-winning writers who will help you strengthen and professionalise your identity as a writer; one dissertation supervision period will be offered by a London-based literary agent.

As part of a small, supportive group of writers, you will regularly present work for critique by your peers, and develop a critical and aesthetic awareness of other writers' work. You will then develop your writing craft through a series of lectures and seminars.

TEACHING

Teaching may include formal lectures, seminars, and practical classes and tutorials. Formal lectures are used in most degree programmes to give an overview of a particular field of study. They aim to provide the stimulus and the starting point for deeper exploration of the subject during your own personal reading. Seminars give you the chance to explore a specific aspect of your subject in depth and to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow students. They typically require preparatory study.

CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY

The MFA is a more advanced degree and it is anticipated that graduates may secure a publishing contract. Others may go on to careers in editing, teaching and writing professionally. Possible professions include creative writer, magazine or newspaper journalist, or editorial assistant. This degree can also be useful in becoming an academic librarian, English as a second language (ESOL) teacher, or information officer.

Start Date:

One evening a week.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MFA - Master of Fine Art £8,640 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MFA - Master of Fine Art £15,720 Overseas Fees
1 year
Full Time
MFA - Master of Fine Art £8,640 European Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MFA - Master of Fine Art £4,320 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MFA - Master of Fine Art £7,860 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MFA - Master of Fine Art £4,320 European Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: An MA in Creative Writing from any accredited university. However, this requirement can be waived in individual cases. Up to 5000 words of original writing in the genre of fiction or creative non-fiction, together with your application form. You are also required to submit a 300-word description of the writing project you intend to work on, should you gain a place on the MFA. Students are selected on the basis of their writing, an interview and their degree. Two academic/professional references.
  • International entry requirements: An MA in Creative Writing from any accredited university. However, this requirement can be waived in individual cases. Up to 5000 words of original writing in the genre of fiction or creative non-fiction, together with your application form. You are also required to submit a 300-word description of the writing project you intend to work on, should you gain a place on the MFA. Students are selected on the basis of their writing, an interview and their degree. Two academic/professional references. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.