Entry requirements

An MA in Creative Writing from any accredited university.

Up to 5000 words of original writing in the genre of fiction, together with your application form. Students are selected on the basis of their writing, an interview and their degree.

Two academic/professional references.

Months of entry

October

Course content

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 & Nesbit.

Information for international students

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.

Fees and funding

UK students
Part-time home/EU students: £ 4075 pa Full-time home/EU students: £ 8175 pa
International students
Part-time overseas students: £ 7425 pa Full-time overseas students: £ 14850 pa

Birkbeck is committed to providing advice and support to help you finance your postgraduate studies. The government has introduced new loans for postgraduate students and, alongside these, we also offer flexible payment options and a hardship fund to support students who experience a change of circumstances while studying.

Qualification and course duration

MFA

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Student Advice Service
Email
studentadvice@bbk.ac.uk
Phone
+44(0) 20 3907 0700
Fax
+ 44 (0)20 7631 6072