a second class degree or above, or equivalent, in creative writing, English literature, literature and language, drama or theatre studies or a similar subject; and/or a demonstrable interest in creative writing. You must also submit a 3,000-word sample of creative writing, a personal statement (1,000 words) plus references.
Months of entry
The Creative Writing Low Residency MA at Kingston University provides the opportunity to work with a wide range of well-established and award-winning writers in the most dynamic writing environment in the UK without having to relocate or give up your current job.
Developed to complement the University's growing and acclaimed suite of courses in creative writing, the Low Residency gives you the option of completing the majority of your credits through distance learning while enjoying both accredited and non-accredited residency periods on campus, scheduled annually in mid-September and early January.
All residency periods will offer a mix of writing workshops with critical reading seminars, masterclasses, guest readings, supervisions and optional visits to cultural events in London. Most students select accommodation located close to the University and a list of local lodging is available.
What will you study
The Creative Writing Low Residency MA follows the same course structure as the successful and popular Creative Writing MA.
Full-time students take two 30-credit modules in semester 1, combining the first residency module with a Writers' Workshop module. In semester 2, they will take two more 30-credit modules, this time following their choice of a Special Study workshop with their second residency module in June. During this time they will complete work on structure and style begun online during the semester, while participating in general workshops and reading sessions and tutorials with their assigned dissertation supervisor.
Students may then choose to complete a 15,000-word 60-credit dissertation accompanied by a 3,000-word critical review. They will begin to plan this as part of the June residency and will receive one-to-one supervision as they work towards a September completion.
Instruction during the residency periods will combine small group workshops and reading classes along with readings by colleagues, writers-in-residence, students and guests. Modules delivered by distance learning will be organised with staff student ratios of 8:1 at the most and will include individual tutorials. Students will be able to access supporting materials, including streamed lectures and readings held at or sponsored by the University.
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.
Information for international students
All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with 7.0 in Writing. Please make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes other qualifications we'll consider: http://www.kingston.ac.uk/international/studying-at-kingston/language-requirements/
Fees and funding
Please see http://www.kingston.ac.uk/postgraduate-course/creative-writing-low-residency-ma/fees-and-funding.html for more details.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Admissions team
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