Taught course

Creative Writing

Royal Holloway, University of London · Department of English

Entry requirements

UK Upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1), or equivalent, in single or combined honours English. Applicants with degrees in other subjects or with relevant publications are also encouraged to apply. You will be required to submit an example(s) of your writing; either a piece of fiction or non-fiction prose of up to 5,000 words in length or at least 25 pages of poetry. You will also be required to submit 5,000 words of critical writing in support of your application. Undergraduate essays and reviews are acceptable. If you reach the second stage of consideration you will normally be interviewed. Students who are unable to attend, such as overseas students, will be interviewed by telephone or Skype.

Months of entry


Course content

The programme encourages creative writing and poetry students to develop and reflect on their work as writers in the context of contemporary and well-established literatures. It is designed for students who are seriously dedicated to their creative writing and want to see it in print. Applications from poets, novelists and creative non-fiction writers will be considered.

The MA has four different pathways: Fiction Writing; Poetry Writing; Life Writing and Environmental Writing (taught in collaboration with the Geography department).

The Life Writing pathway encourages the study of biography as an academic and creative discipline and aims to supply students with the research skills and tools of critical and creative appreciation requisite to developing careers as life writers. The innovative Environmental pathway (Place, Environment, Writing) takes as its focus the various ways in which the relationship between place and writing might be formulated in both urban and rural environments.

Information for international students

English Language requirements: IELTS 7 with 7 in writing, TOEFL (iBT) 100 with 26 in writing, or equivalent, for non-native English speaking applicants. See https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/international/home.aspx

Fees and funding

See https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/postgraduate/feesandfunding/home.aspx

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)1784 443215