Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Creative Writing (MFA)

Do you already have an MA in creative writing but feel you would benefit from further writing projects with more intensive supervision? Our new 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. 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. In addition, novelists, editors and agents will be invited in to speak. In the past we have welcomed: Sarah Waters, Julie Myerson, Polly Samson, Rachel Cusk, Deborah Levy and Louise Doughty; Jamie Byng of Canongate, Francesca Main of Picador, Hannah Griffiths of Faber, Richard Beswick of Little, Brown; and agents from United Agents, AP Watt, Curtis Brown and Janklow and Nesbit. **HIGHLIGHTS** - Arts and humanities at Birkbeck are ranked fifth best in London, 18th in the UK and 87th globally in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), English Language and Literature at Birkbeck achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to producing research of the highest quality, while 91% of eligible staff submitted research, of which 75% was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent. - In particular, this environment is fostered by close links between the MA and the Centre for Contemporary Literature at Birkbeck, which runs a wide variety of talks and conferences in this field. In addition to working with the established and award-winning writers who teach the degree, you will have contact with industry professionals, such as publishers and literary agents, who offer a series of platform discussions in the summer term. - Our annual creative writing magazine, The Mechanics' Institute Review, is edited by Birkbeck MA Creative Writing students and features writing from the course as a showcase for the degree, with wide distribution beyond Birkbeck to literary agents, publishers, etc. Read an account of how our students created the most recent issue. MIROnline is an interactive website, edited by PhD students and volunteers, with all the latest news and writing from this programme and beyond. - Birkbeck is located in the heart of literary London, in Bloomsbury, WC1. You could be studying in a building that was once home to Virginia Woolf and frequented by members of the Bloomsbury Group, now home to our School of Arts. The building houses our own creative hub which includes the Peltz Gallery, the Gordon Square Cinema and a theatre and performance space. - Read the Department of English and Humanities blog to keep up to date with our research activities. - The School of Arts is an official partner of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London. Opportunities for students have included a year's free membership of the ICA, private views, discounts on all talks and events, free members' screenings and £3 cinema tickets on Tuesdays, up to 25% off ICA Artists' Editions and a monthly e-newsletter.

Entry requirements

Master of Fine Arts - MFA (PG): An MA in Creative Writing from any accredited university. 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. Two academic/professional references.

Course modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck's online prospectus.

Assessment methods

The degree is assessed by coursework and a dissertation of 40,000 words in the form of a novella, part of a novel or a collection of short stories.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Master of Fine Arts - MFA (PG) Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (EU) 1 Years
Master of Fine Arts - MFA (PG) Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 Years
Master of Fine Arts - MFA (PG) Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Wales) 1 Years
Master of Fine Arts - MFA (PG) Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Channel Islands) 1 Years
Master of Fine Arts - MFA (PG) Full-time October 2019 15,200 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
Master of Fine Arts - MFA (PG) Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (England) 1 Years
Master of Fine Arts - MFA (PG) Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
Master of Fine Arts - MFA (PG) Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Wales) 2 Years
Master of Fine Arts - MFA (PG) Part-time October 2019 15,200 per Whole course (International) 2 Years
Master of Fine Arts - MFA (PG) Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (EU) 2 Years
Master of Fine Arts - MFA (PG) Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Channel Islands) 2 Years
Master of Fine Arts - MFA (PG) Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (England) 2 Years
Master of Fine Arts - MFA (PG) Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
Master of Fine Arts - MFA (PG) Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Scotland) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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Key information

Contact: 
Birkbeck Student Advice Service
Telephone number: 
02039070700