• Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
Do you already have an MA in creative writing but feel you would benefit from further writing projects with more intensive supervision? The new MFA (Master of Fine Art) Creative Writing (Part-Time) at Birkbeck, University of London offers the opportunity to write a full-length work of fiction to a standard where it may be offered to literary agents.

Overview

The Creative Writing (Part-Time) programme at Birkbeck, University of London is taught through small, dynamic seminars and one-to-one dissertation tuition by regularly published and produced award-winning writers who will help you strengthen and professionalise your identity as a writer; one dissertation supervision period will be offered by a London-based literary agent.

As part of a small, supportive group of writers, you will regularly present work for critique by your peers, and develop a critical and aesthetic awareness of other writers' work. You will then develop your writing craft through a series of lectures and seminars.

In addition, novelists, editors and agents will be invited in to speak. In the past we have welcomed: Sarah Waters, Julie Myerson, Polly Samson, Rachel Cusk, Deborah Levy and Louise Doughty; Jamie Byng of Canongate, Francesca Main of Picador, Hannah Griffiths of Faber, Richard Beswick of Little, Brown; and agents from United Agents, AP Watt, Curtis Brown and Janklow & Nesbit.

Highlights

  • Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked fourth best in London and 18th in the UK in the Times Higher Education World University Subject Rankings.
  • In the Research Excellence Framework (REF), English Language and Literature at Birkbeck achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to producing research of the highest quality, while 91% of eligible staff submitted research, of which 75% was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • In particular, this environment is fostered by close links between the MA and the Centre for Contemporary Literature at Birkbeck, which runs a wide variety of talks and conferences in this field. In addition to working with the established and award-winning writers who teach the degree, you will have contact with industry professionals, such as publishers and literary agents, who offer a series of platform discussions in the summer term.
  • Our annual creative writing magazine, The Mechanics' Institute Review, is edited by Birkbeck MA Creative Writing students and features writing from the course as a showcase for the degree, with wide distribution beyond Birkbeck to literary agents, publishers, etc. Read an account of how our students created the most recent issue. MIROnline is an interactive website, edited by PhD students and volunteers, with all the latest news and writing from this programme and beyond.

Careers and Employability

Many of our MA Creative Writing students have had notable publishing success after graduation, including:

  • Niki Aguirre
  • Sarah Alexander
  • Laura Allsop
  • Iphgenia Baal
  • Amy Bird
  • Phoebe Blatton
  • Nicole Burstein

The MFA is a more advanced degree and it is anticipated that graduates may secure a publishing contract. Others may go on to careers in editing, teaching and writing professionally. Possible professions include creative writer, magazine or newspaper journalist, or editorial assistant. This degree can also be useful in becoming an academic librarian, English as a second language (ESOL) teacher, or information officer.

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Advanced Writing Workshop
  • Reading and Writing the Contemporary
  • The Craft of Writing: Skills, Genres, Habits
  • MFA Creative Writing Dissertation

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    You are strongly advised to apply now, to ensure there are still places on your chosen course and to give you time to complete the admissions process.

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Part-time variant
      Evening
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • An MA in Creative Writing from any accredited university. However, this requirement can be waived in individual cases.
  • Up to 5000 words of original writing in the genre of fiction or creative non-fiction, together with your application form.
  • You are also required to submit a 300-word description of the writing project you intend to work on, should you gain a place on the MFA.
  • Students are selected on the basis of their writing, an interview and their degree.
  • Two academic/professional references.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7600 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4175 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4175 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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