Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

MFA (Master of Fine Art) Creative Writing offers 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.

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework.

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 part-time.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MFA - Master of Fine Art £8,350 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MFA - Master of Fine Art £8,350 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MFA - Master of Fine Art £15,200 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MFA - Master of Fine Art £4,175 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MFA - Master of Fine Art £4,175 European Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MFA - Master of Fine Art £7,600 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Course specific entry requirements: Students need an MA in Creative Writing from any accredited university. They need up to 5000 words of original writing in the genre of fiction or creative non-fiction, together with your application form. Students are selected on the basis of their writing, an interview and their degree. They also need two academic/professional references. Standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and their professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners. Our standard postgraduate entry requirement for international students is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent international qualification.
  • International entry requirements: Students need 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.