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Creative Writing in English, MFA

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #25 (QS) Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR)
The MFA at The University of Hong Kong is the first MFA programme in Creative Writing in English in Hong Kong and Asia. It is vibrantly located in the HKU Black Box at a top 25 Ranked University in the World Overall (2019 QS World University Rankings) and 1st Globally for Most International University (Times Higher Education Rankings 2019). 


With more than ten years of experience in supporting creative writers, The MFA at HKU offers uniquely designed workshops and craft classes led by top local and visiting writers.  A customized balance of coursework and individual supervision, for each student in the MFA, provides professional feedback and advanced practices toward completing an original Creative Thesis, ready for circulation and potential publication.

The master degree ion Creative Writing in English at The University of Hong Kong offers the gold standard in the field, including a special focus on creative contexts of the multilingual writer. At HKU, we welcome creative writers from Hong Kong and overseas. The programme offers one year of intensive and dedicated study among fellow writers at the HKU Black Box Studio, a home to creative writers and the arts in Hong Kong.  Students join together and forge a life-long community of writers.

Writers may apply with samples from a growing creative project, or a treasured work-in-progress, including short stories, a novel, memoir, a play, a screenplay, or poetry.

Programme Structure

Mode of Attendance

  • Full Time (one year)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • A good Bachelor's degree from a recognised university, or equivalent qualifications, and a sample of Creative Writing in English.
  • Applicants majoring in the following fields are encouraged, while all fields are welcomed: literature, language and communication studies; journalism; drama; media and cultural studies; music; fine arts; and law.
  • Applicants are required to submit a sample of original Creative Writing in English for evaluation.  The creative sample may include, for example, a short story, a chapter from a novel, a selection of poems, scenes from a play, or excerpts from a memoir or another type of creative nonfiction.  The sample is expected to have 12-15 pages, printed on one side of A4 paper.  

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21800 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    5367 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5367 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Local Students

  • 42,100 HK$
Non-local Students
  • 171,000 HK$

Living costs for Hong Kong

  • 13720 - 23420 HKD/month
    Living Costs

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


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