Entry requirements

A good first degree and 5,000-word sample submission are required for entry.

Additional requirement information

As part of your application, we require 5,000 words of prose fiction and a synopsis idea for a novel. The 5,000-word sample may be a complete chapter, story, or novel extract. The tutors will then invite applicants whose work reaches the required level for an interview.

The individual journey that you want to take is important and so that we can meet expectations candidates will be selected by interview and primarily on the strength of their work.

This is a particularly focused degree and we are looking for candidates who have written in short form but never attempted a novel, or who have written a work of novel-length but want to start again and improve their working practice.

Months of entry


Course content

Begin to write your first novel in a year with the input and supervision of published writers and industry experts.

While most creative writing Master's degrees encourage students to sample a variety of written forms, our creative writing degree focuses on the novel, pure and simple.

This creative writing course is aimed at students who want the time, support and tools needed to complete that crucial first draft – and the network and knowledge needed to take it further, towards an agent or publisher.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any section (or equivalent).

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    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

Course Enquiries
020 8240 2394