Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Creative Writing

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. 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 the Writers' Hub website. You will taught by published authors and practitioners.

Entry requirements

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.

Course modules

The programme includes seminars and workshops in fiction and also seminars in contemporary literature. You take 2 core modules and 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. Core modules include: Writing and reading seminar; writing workshop; contemporary literature core modules (select 1): Contemporary writing 2: Genre poetry workshop; writing for young adults (workshop). Option modules: Creative non-fiction introduction to playwriting; introduction to screenwriting; publishing, performance, editing workshop; MA creative writing dissertation.

Sponsorship information

We offer a small number of bursaries to help with the cost of tuition fees: MA creative writing bursaries: up to 10 bursaries of up to �1500 each for excellent students admitted onto the programme and who demonstrate financial hardship; Sophie Warne Fellowships: 1 fee remission award of �3500 for an outstanding student admitted onto the MA Creative Writing.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,950 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 13,750 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 6,950 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MA Part-time evening £ 3,975 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time evening £ 6,875 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
MA Part-time evening £ 3,975 per Academic year (EU fees) 2 years

Campus details

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

Key information

Department of English and Humanities
Telephone number: 
020 3073 8372