Kingston University

Kingston University

Creative Writing

The course involves writing workshops, modules examining literary genre and texts, the opportunity to take a module designed to prepare students for the world of publishing; and a 15,000-word dissertation, leading to the award of a Master's degree. Students then progress to even smaller group writing workshops and take further modules to improve their skills of reading and textual analysis. They also chance to take a suite of modules culminating in the University's postgraduate teaching certificate. Students then complete an extensive dissertation leading to the MFA (no less than the equivalent of 40,000 words) which involves extensive 1-to-1 supervision normally with one of the course's permanent staff, one of our writers in residence or an editor from a leading UK publishing company.

Entry requirements

A 1st degree; and a sample of creative writing, along with references; occasionally, a 1st degree is not required if the standard of submitted writing is high enough; interview; applicants whose 1st language is not English require academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with 7.0 in writing.

Course modules

Modules include: Advanced dissertation project; special study (workshops in popular genre writing); structure and style; 10 critical challenges for creative writers; writers' workshop; advanced critical reading; advanced writers' workshop; teaching and writing workshop.

Assessment methods

Assessment is through creative work; reading and teaching logs; critical commentary on selected texts; essays and dissertations.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MFA Full-time £ 5,900 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MFA Full-time £ 13,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
MFA Part-time £ 2,950 per Academic year (home fees) 4 years
MFA Part-time £ 6,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 4 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Penrhyn Road Campus Kingston upon Thames KT1 2EE South East

Key information

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0844 855 2177