Taught course

Creative Writing and Publishing

Kingston University · School of Humanities

Entry requirements

A second class degree or above in a related subject; and/or a demonstrative 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


Course content

Kingston University is ranked No 1 in London for journalism, publishing and public relations (Guardian University Guide league tables 2020).

With very few budding writers making a living from writing alone, this course offers creative writers the chance to learn not only the craft of writing, but also current trends in publishing from world-renowned professionals. It offers the opportunity to develop a creative writing portfolio at the same time as getting to grips with how the publishing process works.

You'll benefit from teaching staff who have practical experience of working in publishing and/or creative writing industries, attend a series of masterclasses across the disciplines and work on live projects for Kingston University Press.

We have exceptional links with major publishers, such as Hachette Penguin Random House, Bloomsbury and Macmillan; and you will have the opportunity to enter your work into competitions sponsored by The Bookseller magazine and Faber and Faber. There are also opportunities to work on live projects for Kingston University Press.

  • You will be exposed to published authors, editors and agents via masterclasses and enriching discussions.
  • Kingston has links with major publishers such as Hachette UK, Yale University, Bloomsbury, Faber and Macmillan. Course content is informed by an advisory board of industry figures.
  • You will gain real experience of writing and publishing through Kingston University's literary magazine, Persist.

The creative writing element of this course is workshop-led and, in the second semester, you will be given the opportunity to specialise in the genre of your choice, be it poetry, drama or children's fiction.

The publishing element focuses on marketing-led commercial and trade publishing, and the modules you study will help you to understand the structure of the industry and the core skills required to enter.

You'll take two 30 credit modules from Publishing (one must be ‘Create' but you can choose the other, and two 30 credit modules from Creative Writing. You can then choose whether to pursue a dissertation or practical project within either Publishing or Creative Writing, worth 60 credits.

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 and 5.5 in all other elements.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

08448 544972/+44 (0)20 3308 9929