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

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.

Ranked 1st in London and 4th in the UK for Journalism and Publishing in the Guardian University Guide 2018.

Key features

  • As well as benefitting from teaching staff who have practical experience of working in publishing and/or creative writing industries, this MA also benefits from a thriving literary and academic community. For more information, visit Writers' Centre Kingston
  • We offer a series of masterclasses across the disciplines.
  • 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.
  • Bursaries are available for students working on our literary magazine Ripple and our Kingston Publishing blog. There are also opportunities to work on live projects for Kingston University Press.

What will you study

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 can choose to write an academic dissertation to demonstrate your analytical skills and competence, or undertake a major practical publishing project as your final assessment. If you choose to take your dissertation in creative writing, you will write an extensive piece of creative writing accompanied by critical essay; you will be supervised by a professional writer.

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. 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 www.kingston.ac.uk/postgraduate-fees-and-funding/ for further details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

08448 544972/+44 (0)20 3308 9929