Taught course

Creative Writing

Birkbeck, University of London · English, Theatre and Creative Writing

Entry requirements

An MA in Creative Writing from any accredited university. However, this requirement can be waived in individual cases.

Up to 5000 words of original writing in the genre of fiction or creative non-fiction, together with your application form.

You are also required to submit a 300-word description of the writing project you intend to work on, should you gain a place on the MFA.

Students are selected on the basis of their writing, an interview and their degree.

Two academic/professional references.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MFA (Master of Fine Art) Creative Writing offers you 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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MFA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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