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About the course

The MSt in Creative Writing is a two-year, part-time master's degree course offering a unique combination of high contact hours, genre specialisation, and critical and creative breadth.

The emphasis of the course is cross-cultural and cross-genre, pointing up the needs and challenges of the contemporary writer who produces their creative work in the context of a global writerly and critical community.

The MSt offers a clustered learning format of five residences, two guided retreats and one research placement over two years. The research placement, a distinguishing feature of the course, provides between one and two weeks' in-house experience of writing in the real world.

The first year concentrates equally on prose fiction, poetry, dramatic writing and narrative non-fiction. There is a significant critical reading and analysis component, which is linked to the writerly considerations explored in each of the genres. In your second year you will specialise in one of the following:

  • short fiction
  • radio drama
  • screenwriting
  • stage drama
  • narrative non-fiction.

The residences in particular offer an intensive workshop- and seminar-based forum for ideas exchange and for the opening up of creative and critical frameworks within which to develop writerly and analytical skills. There is a strong element of one-to-one tutorial teaching. Tutorials take place within residences and retreats, and relate to the on-going work produced for the course.

You will be assigned a supervisor who will work closely with you throughout the development of the year two final project and extended essay. All assessed work throughout the two years of the course is subject to one-to-one feedback and discussion with a tutor. This intensive, one-to-one input, combined with the highly interactive workshop and seminar sessions, is a distinguishing feature of the course.


The allocation of graduate supervision for this course is the responsibility of the Department for Continuing Education and this role will usually be performed by the Course Director.

You will be allocated a supervisor to guide and advise you on your creative and critical work throughout the second year.

It is not always possible to accommodate the preferences of incoming graduate students to work with a particular member of staff. Under exceptional circumstances a supervisor may be found outside the Department for Continuing Education.

The MSt is assessed by coursework. In the first year, four assignments (two creative, two critical), one creative writing portfolio and one critical essay are submitted. Work is set during each residence and handed in for assessment before the next meeting. Feedback on work submitted is given during tutorials within the residence or retreat. In the second year, submissions comprise one research placement report, one extended critical essay, and a final project – a substantial body of creative work in the genre of choice. 

You will be set specific creative and critical work to be completed between residences and handed in to set deadlines. Creative submissions in the first year must be in more than one genre. In the second year, submitted work focuses around the genre of your choice.

Graduate destinations

Graduate destinations have included publishing creative work in a chosen field, careers in arts/media, and doctoral programmes in creative writing.

Changes to this course and your supervision

The University will seek to deliver this course in accordance with the description set out in this course page. However, there may be situations in which it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, either before or after registration. The safety of students, staff and visitors is paramount and major changes to delivery or services may have to be made in circumstances of a pandemic, epidemic or local health emergency. In addition, in certain circumstances, for example due to visa difficulties or because the health needs of students cannot be met, it may be necessary to make adjustments to course requirements for international study.

Where possible your academic supervisor will not change for the duration of your course. However, it may be necessary to assign a new academic supervisor during the course of study or before registration for reasons which might include illness, sabbatical leave, parental leave or change in employment.

For further information please see our page on changes to courses and the provisions of the student contract regarding changes to courses.

Entry requirements for entry in 2024-25

Proven and potential academic excellence, degree-level qualifications.

As a minimum, applicants should hold or be predicted to achieve the following UK qualifications or their equivalent:

  • a first-class or upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours  in a related field.

For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA normally sought is 3.6 out of 4.0.

If your degree is not from the UK or another country specified above, visit our International Qualifications page for guidance on the qualifications and grades that would usually be considered to meet the University’s minimum entry requirements.

GRE General Test scores

No Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or GMAT scores are sought.

Other qualifications, evidence of excellence and relevant experience 

  • Assessors are looking for writers with a proven record of commitment to their craft, whose work demonstrates significant creative promise. You should be a keen reader, and bring an open-minded, questioning approach to both reading and writing. You will not necessarily have yet achieved publication, but you will have written regularly and read widely over a sustained period. You will be keen to dedicate time and energy and staying-power to harnessing your talent, enlarging your skills, and aiming your writerly production at consistently professional standards. It is likely you will have a first degree, or equivalent, although in some cases other evidence of suitability may be acceptable.
  • Applicants do not need to be previously published, but the MSt is unlikely to be suitable for those who are just starting out on their writerly and critical development.

English language proficiency

This course requires proficiency in English at the University's  higher level . If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence that you meet this requirement. The minimum scores required to meet the University's higher level are detailed in the table below.

*Previously known as the Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English or Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) † Previously known as the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)

Your test must have been taken no more than two years before the start date of your course. Our Application Guide provides  further information about the English language test requirement .

Declaring extenuating circumstances

If your ability to meet the entry requirements has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic (eg you were awarded an unclassified/ungraded degree) or any other exceptional personal circumstance (eg other illness or bereavement), please refer to the guidance on extenuating circumstances in the Application Guide for information about how to declare this so that your application can be considered appropriately.

You will need to register three referees who can give an informed view of your academic ability and suitability for the course. The  How to apply  section of this page provides details of the types of reference that are required in support of your application for this course and how these will be assessed.

Supporting documents

You will be required to supply supporting documents with your application. The  How to apply  section of this page provides details of the supporting documents that are required as part of your application for this course and how these will be assessed.

Performance at interview

Interviews are normally held as part of the admissions process.  

For those applying by the January deadline, interviews are generally held in February and March. For March applicants, interviews are generally held in March and April.

The decision to call an applicant for interview is based on the University Admission Board's assessment of your portfolio, statement of purpose, academic and professional track record and references. Interviews will be conducted in person or by telephone. All applicants whose paper submissions indicate they are qualified for entry will generally be interviewed, either in person or by telephone/Skype. There are always two interviewers. Interviews usually last up to approximately 30 minutes and provide an opportunity for the candidate to discuss his/her application and to explore the course in more detail.

The interview is designed to ascertain, through a range of questions, the shape and emphasis of the candidate's writing and reading, and general suitability for the demands of the MSt. 

How your application is assessed

Your application will be assessed purely on your proven and potential academic excellence and other entry requirements published under that heading.

References  and  supporting documents  submitted as part of your application, and your performance at interview (if interviews are held) will be considered as part of the assessment process. Whether or not you have secured funding will not be taken into consideration when your application is assessed.

An overview of the shortlisting and selection process is provided below. Our ' After you apply ' pages provide  more information about how applications are assessed . 

Shortlisting and selection

Students are considered for shortlisting and selected for admission without regard to age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy and maternity, race (including colour, nationality and ethnic or national origins), religion or belief (including lack of belief), sex, sexual orientation, as well as other relevant circumstances including parental or caring responsibilities or social background. However, please note the following:

  • socio-economic information may be taken into account in the selection of applicants and award of scholarships for courses that are part of  the University’s pilot selection procedure  and for  scholarships aimed at under-represented groups ;
  • country of ordinary residence may be taken into account in the awarding of certain scholarships; and
  • protected characteristics may be taken into account during shortlisting for interview or the award of scholarships where the University has approved a positive action case under the Equality Act 2010.

Processing your data for shortlisting and selection

Information about  processing special category data for the purposes of positive action  and  using your data to assess your eligibility for funding , can be found in our Postgraduate Applicant Privacy Policy.

Admissions panels and assessors

All recommendations to admit a student involve the judgement of at least two members of the academic staff with relevant experience and expertise, and must also be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies or Admissions Committee (or equivalent within the department).

Admissions panels or committees will always include at least one member of academic staff who has undertaken appropriate training.

Other factors governing whether places can be offered

The following factors will also govern whether candidates can be offered places:

  • the ability of the University to provide the appropriate supervision for your studies, as outlined under the 'Supervision' heading in the  About  section of this page;
  • the ability of the University to provide appropriate support for your studies (eg through the provision of facilities, resources, teaching and/or research opportunities); and
  • minimum and maximum limits to the numbers of students who may be admitted to the University's taught and research programmes.

Offer conditions for successful applications

If you receive an offer of a place at Oxford, your offer will outline any conditions that you need to satisfy and any actions you need to take, together with any associated deadlines. These may include academic conditions, such as achieving a specific final grade in your current degree course. These conditions will usually depend on your individual academic circumstances and may vary between applicants. Our ' After you apply ' pages provide more information about offers and conditions . 

In addition to any academic conditions which are set, you will also be required to meet the following requirements:

Financial Declaration

If you are offered a place, you will be required to complete a  Financial Declaration  in order to meet your financial condition of admission.

Disclosure of criminal convictions

In accordance with the University’s obligations towards students and staff, we will ask you to declare any  relevant, unspent criminal convictions  before you can take up a place at Oxford.

The department is committed to supporting you to pursue your academic goals. 

The Rewley House Continuing Education Library , one of the Bodleian Libraries, is situated in Rewley House. The department aims to support the wide variety of subjects covered by departmental courses at many academic levels. The department also has a collection of around 73,000 books together with periodicals. PCs in the library give access to the internet and the full range of electronic resources subscribed to by the University of Oxford. Wi-Fi is also available. The Jessop Reading Room adjoining the library is available for study. You will have access to the Central Bodleian and other Bodleian Libraries.

The department's Graduate School provides a stimulating and enriching learning and research environment for the department's graduate students, fostering intellectual and social interaction between graduates of different disciplines and professions from the UK and around the globe. The Graduate School will help you make the most of the wealth of resources and opportunities available, paying particular regard to the support and guidance needed if you are following a part-time graduate programme. The department’s graduate community comprises over 600 members following taught programmes and more than 70 undertaking doctoral research.

The department provides various IT facilities , including the Student Computing Facility which provides individual PCs for your use. Many of the department's courses are delivered through blended learning or have a website to support face-to-face study. In most cases, online support is delivered through a virtual learning environment. 

Depending on the programme you are taking with the department, you may require accommodation at some point in your student career. Rewley House is ideally located in central Oxford; the city's historic sites, colleges, museums, shops and restaurants are only a few minutes’ walk away. The department has 35 en-suite study bedrooms, all with high quality amenities, including internet access.

The Rewley House dining room has seating for up to 132 people. A full meal service is available daily. The department operates a Common Room with bar for students. 

Department for Continuing Education

The need for new learning opportunities throughout life is now recognised throughout society. An intensive, initial period of higher education is not always enough in times of rapid social, economic and technological change. The Department for Continuing Education is known worldwide as a leading provider of extended learning for professional and personal development.

The department provides high-quality, flexible, part-time graduate education, tailored for adults. Students can undertake graduate-level certificates, diplomas and taught master’s degrees in a wide range of subjects. Increasing numbers of courses are delivered in mixed mode, combining intensive periods of residence in Oxford with tutored online study.

The department recruits adult students of all ages on a regional, national and international level. Many courses are offered jointly with other academic departments around the University. Courses are offered in the following areas:

  • Mathematical, physical and life sciences
  • Medical and health sciences
  • Social sciences .

All postgraduate students on the department's courses are members of its Graduate School. The Graduate School aims to provide a stimulating and enriching environment for learning and research. It also fosters intellectual and social interaction between students coming from different disciplines and professions. Interdisciplinary research seminars, training opportunities and other events are offered by the Graduate School in support of this goal.

All masters' and DPhil applicants are considered for Clarendon Scholarships . The department is committed to seeking scholarship support for other students wherever possible.

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The University expects to be able to offer over 1,000 full or partial graduate scholarships across the collegiate University in 2024-25. You will be automatically considered for the majority of Oxford scholarships , if you fulfil the eligibility criteria and submit your graduate application by the relevant December or January deadline. Most scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and/or potential. 

For further details about searching for funding as a graduate student visit our dedicated Funding pages, which contain information about how to apply for Oxford scholarships requiring an additional application, details of external funding, loan schemes and other funding sources.

Please ensure that you visit individual college websites for details of any college-specific funding opportunities using the links provided on our college pages or below:

Please note that not all the colleges listed above may accept students on this course. For details of those which do, please refer to the College preference section of this page.

Further information about funding opportunities for this course can be found on the department's website.

Annual fees for entry in 2024-25

Further details about fee status eligibility can be found on the fee status webpage.

Information about course fees

Course fees are payable each year, for the duration of your fee liability (your fee liability is the length of time for which you are required to pay course fees). For courses lasting longer than one year, please be aware that fees will usually increase annually. For details, please see our guidance on changes to fees and charges .

Course fees cover your teaching as well as other academic services and facilities provided to support your studies. Unless specified in the additional information section below, course fees do not cover your accommodation, residential costs or other living costs. They also don’t cover any additional costs and charges that are outlined in the additional information below.

Where can I find further information about fees?

The Fees and Funding  section of this website provides further information about course fees , including information about fee status and eligibility  and your length of fee liability .

Additional information

This course has residential sessions (residences and retreats) in Oxford. You will need to meet your travel costs in attending these sessions. The tuition fee includes the cost of board and lodging during the residences and retreats (eg for a four day residence, three nights accommodation will be provided). Further, as part of your course requirements, you will need to complete a research placement in the second year. For this placement you will need to meet your travel and accommodation costs, and any other incidental expenses. You may be able to apply for small grants from your department and/or college to help you cover some of these expenses. Further information about departmental funding can be found on the department's website. Please check with your specific college for bursary or other funding possibilities.

Living costs

In addition to your course fees, you will need to ensure that you have adequate funds to support your living costs for the duration of your course.

For the 2024-25 academic year, the range of likely living costs for full-time study is between c. £1,345 and £1,955 for each month spent in Oxford. Full information, including a breakdown of likely living costs in Oxford for items such as food, accommodation and study costs, is available on our living costs page. The current economic climate and high national rate of inflation make it very hard to estimate potential changes to the cost of living over the next few years. When planning your finances for any future years of study in Oxford beyond 2024-25, it is suggested that you allow for potential increases in living expenses of around 5% each year – although this rate may vary depending on the national economic situation. UK inflationary increases will be kept under review and this page updated.

If you are studying part-time your living costs may vary depending on your personal circumstances but you must still ensure that you will have sufficient funding to meet these costs for the duration of your course.

Students enrolled on this course will belong to both a department/faculty and a college. Please note that ‘college’ and ‘colleges’ refers to all 43 of the University’s colleges, including those designated as societies and permanent private halls (PPHs). 

If you apply for a place on this course you will have the option to express a preference for one of the colleges listed below, or you can ask us to find a college for you. Before deciding, we suggest that you read our brief  introduction to the college system at Oxford  and our  advice about expressing a college preference . For some courses, the department may have provided some additional advice below to help you decide.

The following colleges accept students on the MSt in Creative Writing:

  • Blackfriars
  • Brasenose College
  • Campion Hall
  • Harris Manchester College
  • Keble College
  • Kellogg College
  • Lady Margaret Hall
  • Oriel College
  • Regent's Park College
  • St Catherine's College
  • Somerville College
  • Wadham College
  • Wycliffe Hall

Before you apply

Our  guide to getting started  provides general advice on how to prepare for and start your application. Check the deadlines on this page and the information about deadlines  in our Application Guide. If it's important for you to have your application considered under a particular deadline – eg under a December or January deadline in order to be considered for Oxford scholarships – we recommend that you aim to complete and submit your application at least two weeks in advance .

Application fee waivers

An application fee of £75 is payable per course application. Application fee waivers are available for the following applicants who meet the eligibility criteria:

  • applicants from low-income countries;
  • refugees and displaced persons; 
  • UK applicants from low-income backgrounds; and 
  • applicants who applied for our Graduate Access Programmes in the past two years and met the eligibility criteria.

You are encouraged to  check whether you're eligible for an application fee waiver  before you apply.

Do I need to contact anyone before I apply?

You do not need to make contact with the department before you apply but you are encouraged to visit the relevant departmental webpages to read any further information about your chosen course.

If you have any questions about the course, these should be directed to the course administrator via the contact details provided on this page.

Completing your application

You should refer to the information below when completing the application form, paying attention to the specific requirements for the supporting documents . 

If any document does not meet the specification, including the stipulated word count, your application may be considered incomplete and not assessed by the academic department. Expand each section to show further details.

Referees: Three overall, academic and/or professional

Whilst you must register three referees, the department may start the assessment of your application if two of the three references are submitted by the course deadline and your application is otherwise complete. Please note that you may still be required to ensure your third referee supplies a reference for consideration.

Your references will support your commitment to creative writing and suitability to pursue a course of this nature at graduate level. Both professional and academic references are acceptable.

Official transcript(s)

Your transcripts should give detailed information of the individual grades received in your university-level qualifications to date. You should only upload official documents issued by your institution and any transcript not in English should be accompanied by a certified translation.

More information about the transcript requirement is available in the Application Guide.

A CV/résumé is compulsory for all applications. Most applicants choose to submit a document of one to two pages highlighting their academic and writerly achievements and any relevant professional experience.

Statement of purpose: A maximum of 750 words

The statement of purpose should contain sufficient detail to allow it to be assessed against the indicated criteria.

Your statement should be written in English and explain your motivation for applying for the course at Oxford, your relevant experience and education, and the specific areas that interest you and/or in which you intend to specialise.

If possible, please ensure that the word count is clearly displayed on the document.

This will be assessed for:

  • your reasons for applying
  • evidence of motivation for and understanding of the proposed area of study
  • the ability to present a reasoned case in English
  • commitment to the subject, beyond the requirements of the degree course
  • capacity for sustained and intense work
  • reasoning ability and quality of written expression
  • capacity to address issues of writerly and critical significance.

Written work: A maximum of 2,000 words of prose fiction or narrative non-fiction or 10 short poems or 15 minutes of dramatic writing (stage, screen, radio or TV)

Your portfolio of creative writing for assessment can be in any of the four genres, or in more than one. It should be clearly indicative of your ability in creative writing.

This will be assessed for excellence in creative writing.

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You can start or return to an application using the relevant link below. As you complete the form, please  refer to the requirements above  and  consult our Application Guide for advice . You'll find the answers to most common queries in our FAQs.

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*Three-year average (applications for entry in 2021-22 to 2023-24)

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Course Overview

The BA Creative Writing is an exciting programme of study that gives you the opportunity to explore a range of disciplines, from fiction to poetry, scriptwriting to creative non-fiction.

You will be taught by some of the UK’s leading writers, including playwright David Eldridge ( Beginning ) and screenwriter Daragh Carville ( The Bay ). Under the guidance of these and other practising, award-winning writers, you will:

  • build an understanding of the craft of writing
  • hone your authorial technique
  • learn the vital skills of reading as a writer.

Through practical projects and engagement with visiting professionals, you will broaden your understanding of the many aspects of the writing industry. You will also complete an extended creative project in a specific genre in your final year.

This creative writing course provides you with a basis of skills necessary to pursue writing as a profession. It also equips you with expertise transferable to many careers in the arts, education and the media. And you will be studying right in the heart of literary London, walking in the footsteps of Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group.

If you opt for the Foundation Year route, this will fully prepare you for undergraduate study. It is ideal if you are returning to study after a gap, or if you have not previously studied the relevant subjects, or if you didn't achieve the grades you need for a place on your chosen undergraduate degree.  

Discover the career opportunities available by taking Creative Writing (BA (Hons)).

Key information and modules

Creative writing ba (hons): 3 years full-time, on campus, starting october 2024.

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Creative Writing BA (Hons): 4 years part-time, on campus, starting October 2024

Creative writing with foundation year ba (hons): 4 years full-time, on campus, starting october 2024, creative writing with foundation year ba (hons): 6 years part-time, on campus, starting october 2024.

Find another course:

  • Birkbeck was ranked 2nd in the UK for its English Language and Literature research in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.
  • You will be eligible to submit work to the annual Birkbeck creative writing journal, The Mechanics’ Institute Review . Read an account of how our students created the most recent issue of The Mechanics' Institute Review .
  • Birkbeck is located in the heart of literary London, in Bloomsbury, WC1. You could be studying in a building that was once home to Virginia Woolf and frequented by members of the Bloomsbury Group. The building houses our own creative hub which includes the  Peltz Gallery , the Gordon Square Cinema and a theatre and performance space .

Birkbeck makes all reasonable efforts to deliver educational services, modules and programmes of study as described on our website. In the event that there are material changes to our offering (for example, due to matters beyond our control), we will update applicant and student facing information as quickly as possible and offer alternatives to applicants, offer-holders and current students.

Entry Requirements

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.

All applicants, whatever their academic background, must submit a sample of 1000 words of creative writing (fiction, poetry, drama, or screenwriting).

For part-time courses, standard requirements are a minimum of two A-levels or equivalent.

UCAS tariff points

  • 3 years full-time: 96-128 points (e.g. A-levels CCC-ABB)
  • 4 years full-time with Foundation Year: 48 points

The UCAS tariff score is applicable to you if you have recently studied a qualification that has a UCAS tariff equivalence. UCAS provides a tariff calculator for you to work out what your qualification is worth within the UCAS tariff.

Foundation year degrees

Our 'with Foundation Year' route is designed to give you extra support as it provides you with an additional year (full-time) or two years (part-time) of supported study. This is an ideal route if you are returning to study after a gap, or if you have not previously studied this subject, or if you did not achieve the grades you need for a place on this degree. 

Once you successfully complete your Foundation Year studies, you will automatically advance onto the main degree. 

Alternative entry routes

3 years full-time and 4 years part-time: Access to Higher Education Diploma with a minimum of 15 credits achieved at Merit or Distinction in the subject area, although we may waive these formal entry requirements and make our own assessment based on the creative writing sample.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.  We also accept other English language tests .

If you don’t meet the minimum English language requirements,  please contact us  or see our  international study skills page  for more details of how we can help.

Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our  English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country .

Visa and funding requirements

If you are not from the UK and you do not already have residency here, you may need to apply for a visa.

The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

  • Courses of more than six months' duration: Student visa
  • Courses of less than six months' duration: Standard Visitor visa

International students who require a Student visa should apply for our full-time courses as these qualify for Student visa sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Student visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

For full information, read our visa information for international students page .

Please also visit the international section of our website to find out more about relevant visa and funding requirements by country .

Please note students receiving US Federal Aid are only able to apply for in-person, on-campus programmes which will have no elements of online study.

Credits and accredited prior learning (APL)

If you have studied at university (or have an HND or Foundation Degree), you may have accumulated credits through the modules you studied. It may be possible to transfer these credits from your previous study to Birkbeck or another institution.

Creative Writing BA (Hons): 4 years part-time, on campus, starting in academic year 2024-25

Academic year 2024–25, starting october 2024.

Part-time home students: £6,935 per year Part-time international students : £13,215 per year

Creative Writing BA (Hons): 3 years full-time, on campus, starting in academic year 2024-25

Full-time home students: £9,250 per year Full-time international students: £17,620 per year

Creative Writing with Foundation Year BA (Hons): 4 years full-time, on campus, starting in academic year 2024-25

Creative writing with foundation year ba (hons): 6 years part-time, on campus, starting in academic year 2024-25.

Part-time home students, Year 1&2: £4,625 per year Part-time international students , Year 1&2: £8,810 per year Part-time home students, Year 3+: £6,935 per year Part-time international students , Year 3+: £12,615 per year

Students are charged a tuition fee in each year of their course. Tuition fees for students continuing on their course in following years may be subject to annual inflationary increases. For more information, please see the College Fees Policy .

If you’ve studied at Birkbeck before and successfully completed an award with us, take advantage of our Lifelong Learning Guarantee to gain a discount on the tuition fee of this course.

Tuition fee and maintenance loans

Eligible full-time and part-time students from the UK don’t have to pay any tuition fees upfront, as government loans are available to cover them.

Maintenance loans are also available for eligible full-time and part-time UK students, to assist with covering living costs, such as accommodation, food, travel, books and study materials. The amount you receive is means-tested and depends on where you live and study and your household income.

Funding for EU students is changing from August 2021: find out about details of these changes.

Find out more about tuition fee and maintenance loans for full-time and part-time students at Birkbeck.

Discover the financial support available to you to help with your studies at Birkbeck.

International scholarships

We provide a range of scholarships for eligible international students, including our Global Future Scholarship. Discover if you are eligible for a scholarship .

At Birkbeck, most of our courses are taught in the evening and all of our teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other commitments. We actively encourage innovative and engaging ways of teaching, to ensure our students have the best learning experience.

Teaching may include formal lectures, seminars, and practical classes and tutorials. Formal lectures are used in most degree programmes to give an overview of a particular field of study. They aim to provide the stimulus and the starting point for deeper exploration of the subject during your own personal reading. Seminars give you the chance to explore a specific aspect of your subject in depth and to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow students. They typically require preparatory study.

In addition, you will have access to pastoral support via a named Personal Tutor.

Methods of teaching on this course

Teaching is varied and interactive and takes the form of lecturer-led sessions on elements of craft, workshopping of students' creative work, class and home exercises, student readings, and individual and group work.

The Foundation Year is composed mainly of interactive lectures for large groups and tutorial-style classes that support the development of knowledge, skills, confidence and self-awareness.

You may be taught by successful, published authors and practitioners, including:

  • David Eldridge
  • Richard Hamblyn
  • Steve Willey
  • Luke Williams .

Teaching hours

Our evening hours are normally between 6pm and 9pm (6-7.30pm and 7.30-9pm). Some programmes also offer teaching during the day and this will be clearly signposted to you where it is available.

On our taught courses, you will have scheduled teaching and study sessions each year. Scheduled teaching sessions may include lectures, seminars, workshops or laboratory work. Depending on the modules you take, you may also have additional scheduled academic activities, such as tutorials, dissertation supervision, practical classes, visits and field trips. On our taught courses, the actual amount of time you spend in the classroom and in contact with your lecturers will depend on your course, the option modules you select and when you undertake your final-year project (if applicable).

Alongside your contact hours, you will also undertake assessment activities and independent learning outside of class. The amount of time you need to allocate to study both for taught sessions (this might include online sessions and/or in-person sessions) and personal study will depend on how much you are studying during the year and whether you are studying full time or part time.

Birkbeck’s courses are made up of modules and allocated ‘credit’. One credit is equivalent to ten hours of learning time. Modules are usually in 15, 30 or 60 credit units. A 15-credit module will mean around 150 hours of learning, including taught sessions and independent study or group work. This is spread out over the whole period of that module and includes the time you spend on any assessments, including in examinations, preparing and writing assessments or engaged in practical work as well as any study support sessions to help you in your learning.

On our distance-learning and blended-learning courses, discussion, collaboration and interaction with your lecturers and fellow students is encouraged and enabled through various learning technologies.

Timetables are usually available from September onwards and you can access your personalised timetable via your My Birkbeck Profile online (if you have been invited to enrol).

Indicative class size

Class sizes vary, depending on your course, the module you are undertaking, and the method of teaching. For example, lectures are presented to larger groups, whereas seminars usually consist of small, interactive groups led by a tutor.

Independent learning

On our taught courses, much of your time outside of class will be spent on self-directed, independent learning, including preparing for classes and following up afterwards. This will usually include, but is not limited to, reading books and journal articles, undertaking research, working on coursework and assignments, and preparing for presentations and assessments.

Independent learning is absolutely vital to your success as a student. Everyone is different, and the study time required varies topic by topic, but, as a guide, expect to schedule up to five hours of self-study for each hour of teaching.

Study skills and additional support

Birkbeck offers study and learning support to undergraduate and postgraduate students to help them succeed. Our Learning Development Service can help you in the following areas:

  • academic skills (including planning your workload, research, writing, exam preparation and writing a dissertation)
  • written English (including structure, punctuation and grammar)
  • numerical skills (basic mathematics and statistics).

Our Disability and Dyslexia Service can support you if you have additional learning needs resulting from a disability or from dyslexia.

Our Counselling Service can support you if you are struggling with emotional or psychological difficulties during your studies.

Our Mental Health Advisory Service can support you if you are experiencing short- or long-term mental health difficulties during your studies.

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

Where a course has unseen written examinations, these may be held termly, but, on the majority of our courses, exams are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June. Exams may be held at other times of the year as well. In most cases, exams are held during the day on a weekday - if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance - but some exams are held in the evening. Exam timetables are published online.

Find out more about assessment at Birkbeck, including guidance on assessment, feedback and our assessment offences policy.

Methods of assessment on this course

Assessment is 100% coursework, which may include short creative projects, essays, presentations, a writer's notebook, web publishing and an extended creative work in a specific genre.  The compulsory School of Arts elective may include an examination or another form of assessment.

A creative dissertation is also a compulsory requirement of the course in your final year.

Careers and employability

Graduates can pursue career paths in creative writing, journalism, education or media production. Possible professions include:

  • higher education lecturer
  • screenwriter.

Birkbeck creative writing graduates include:

  • Niki Aguirre
  • Sarah Alexander
  • Laura Allsop
  • Iphgenia Baal
  • Phoebe Blatton
  • Nicole Burstein
  • Tray Butler
  • Melissa De Villiers
  • Liz Fremantle
  • A. J. Grainger
  • Emma Henderson
  • Sally Hinchcliffe
  • Heidi James
  • Olya Knezevic
  • Matthew Loukes
  • Nadim Safdar
  • Karin Salvalaggio
  • David Savill .

We offer a comprehensive careers service - Careers and Enterprise - your career partner during your time at Birkbeck and beyond. At every stage of your career journey, we empower you to take ownership of your future, helping you to make the connection between your experience, education and future ambitions.

You apply via UCAS for our full-time undergraduate courses or directly to Birkbeck for our part-time undergraduate courses.

Full-time (UCAS entry)

If you are applying for a full-time undergraduate course at Birkbeck, you have to apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). To apply, go to the UCAS website and click on ‘Sign in’. You will have to register, giving UCAS a few personal details, including your name, address and date of birth, and then you can start working on your application.

The first UCAS deadline is in January, and the majority of university applications through UCAS are made by then. Find the exact deadline date on the UCAS website . We welcome applications outside of the UCAS deadlines, so you can still apply through UCAS after the January deadline, depending on the availability of places. We also take late applications via the UCAS Clearing system in August.

If you are applying for a part-time undergraduate course (4 or 6 year), you apply directly to Birkbeck by using the Apply now button. You will need to prove your identity when you apply - read more about suitable forms of identification .

You are strongly advised to apply now, to ensure that there are still places on your chosen course and to give you enough time to complete the admissions process, to arrange funding and to enrol. You don't need to complete your current programme of study before you apply.

You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online application link. Please note that online application will open in September.

When to apply

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

You don't need to complete your current programme of study before you apply - Birkbeck can offer you a place that is conditional on your results.

You will also receive information about subject-specific induction sessions over the summer.

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Our online personal statement tool will guide you through every step of writing the personal statement part of your application.

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Course structure

Course structure listing, course structure and modules for creative writing ba (hons): 4 years part-time, on campus, starting october 2024.

You must complete modules worth a total of 360 credits.

  • Year 1: three compulsory modules
  • Years 2 and 3: two compulsory modules and one option module in each year
  • Year 4: two compulsory modules, one option module and a dissertation

Year 1 compulsory modules

  • Introduction to Playwriting and Poetry
  • Storytelling: Narrative Archetypes, Forms and Techniques

Year 2 compulsory modules

  • Fiction Workshop 1
  • Narrative Methods

Year 2 option modules

  • Poetry Workshop 1
  • Scriptwriting Workshop 1: The Essentials of Stage and Screen (The 30 Minute Script)

Year 3 compulsory modules

  • Creative Non-fiction
  • The Writing Industry

Year 3 option modules

  • Poetry Workshop 2: The Open Page
  • Scriptwriting Workshop 2: Writing for the Contemporary Stage

Year 4 compulsory modules

  • Independent Reading Portfolio: Critical Reflection
  • The Publishing Project

Year 4 option modules

  • Fiction Workshop: The Contemporary Novel
  • Scriptwriting Workshop 4: The Television Drama (The 60 Minute Script)

BA Creative Writing dissertation

  • Dissertation BA Creative Writing

Course structure and modules for Creative Writing BA (Hons): 3 years full-time, on campus, starting October 2024

  • Year 1: four compulsory modules
  • Year 2: three compulsory modules and one option module
  • Year 3: two compulsory modules, two option modules and a dissertation

Course structure and modules for Creative Writing with Foundation Year BA (Hons): 4 years full-time, on campus, starting October 2024

For the Foundation Year, you undertake three core modules and choose one option module: either The Arts: Questioning the Contemporary World or a language module.

If you successfully complete these modules, you will automatically advance on to our three-year, full-time, evening study BA Creative Writing .

Foundation Year core modules

  • Breaking Boundaries of Knowledge
  • Fundamentals of Study
  • The Arts: Perspectives and Possibilities

Foundation Year option modules

  • French 3 (Level 4)
  • French 4 (Level 4)
  • German 3 (Level 4)
  • German 4 (Level 4)
  • Italian 3 (Level 4)
  • Italian 4 (Level 4)
  • Japanese 3 (Level 4)
  • Japanese 4 (Level 4)
  • Spanish 3 (Level 4)
  • Spanish 4 (Level 4)
  • The Arts: Questioning the Contemporary World

Course structure and modules for Creative Writing with Foundation Year BA (Hons): 6 years part-time, on campus, starting October 2024

Our part-time Foundation Year degrees allow you to spread out your Foundation Year studies over two years. As the 'Foundation Year' is made up of 120 credits, as a part-time student you can take 60 credits in each of your first and second years before starting the main four-year BA Creative Writing. This means that you can take six years to complete the part-time degree with Foundation Year.

In Foundation Year 1 you take two core modules and in Foundation Year 2 you take one core module and choose one option module.

If you successfully complete these modules, you will automatically advance on to our four-year, part-time, evening study BA Creative Writing .

Foundation Year 1 core modules

Foundation year 2 core module, foundation year 2 option modules.

Creative Writing Research PhD


Key information

The PhD in Creative Writing at King’s is a practice-led course, incorporating taught elements and aspects of professional development. It is designed to cater for talented, committed writers who are looking to complete a book-length creative work for publication and sustain a long-term career in writing.

Key Benefits

Our unique programme offers students:

  • a varied, structured framework for the development of their creative work, with regular feedback from experienced author-lecturers in the department through supervision and workshops
  • purposeful engagement with professionals from the publishing and performance industries throughout the course, building potential routes to publication
  • valuable teaching experience in creative writing at HE-level through our Graduate Teaching Assistantship scheme
  • practical experience in public engagement, through curating and chairing public literary events at King’s
  • a community of fellow writers and collaborative projects

English Department

We have over 100 doctoral students from all over the world working on a wide range of projects. Together with our community of postdoctoral fellows, our early career researchers both organise and participate in our thriving seminar and conference culture.

The English department is home to award-winning novelists, poets, essayists, biographers, non-fiction authors, and literary critics, who supervise creative projects at doctoral level within their specialisms.

Works by our staff have won or been shortlisted for a number of literary accolades, including: the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Forward Prize, the Man Booker Prize, the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year, the Costa First Novel Award, the Costa Poetry Award, the Somerset Maugham Award, the Commonwealth Book Prize, the Biographers’ Club / Slightly Foxed First Biography Prize, the U.S. National Book Critics Circle Award, the CWA Gold Dagger Award, the European Union Prize for Literature, the RSL Encore Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Letters, le Prix du Roman Fnac, le Prix du Roman Etranger, the Kiriyama Prize, the Republic of Consciousness Prize, the Royal Society of Literature’s Encore Award, and the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature. Many of the creative writing staff are Fellows of the Royal Society of Literature.

Their most recent publications are:

Benjamin Wood

The Young Accomplice (Penguin Viking, 2022) – fiction

A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better (Scribner, 2018) – fiction

Edmund Gordon

The Invention of Angela Carter (Chatto & Windus, 2016) – creative non-fiction

Loop of Jade (Chatto & Windus, 2015) – poetry

Anthony Joseph

Sonnets for Albert (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2022) – poetry

The Frequency of Magic (Peepal Tree Press, 2019) – fiction

Lara Feigel

The Group (John Murray Press, 2020) – fiction

Free Woman: Life, Liberation and Doris Lessing (Bloomsbury, 2018) – creative non-fiction

Homing: On Pigeons, Dwellings, and Why We Return (John Murray Press, 2019) – creative non-fiction

Daughters of the Labyrinth (Corsair, 2021) – fiction

Beethoven Variations: Poems on a Life (Chatto & Windus, 2020) – poetry

Emerald (Chatto & Windus, 2018) – poetry

Andrew O'Hagan

Mayflies (Faber & Faber, 2020) – fiction

The Secret Life: Three True Stories (Faber & Faber, 2017) – creative non-fiction

*may vary according to research leave and availability.

King's Alumni

The list of King’s alumni not only features many acclaimed contemporary authors—Michael Morpurgo, Alain de Botton, Hanif Kureishi, Marina Lewycka, Susan Hill, Lawrence Norfolk, Ross Raisin, Alexander Masters, Anita Brookner, and Helen Cresswell—it also includes major figures in literature, such as Maureen Duffy, Arthur C Clarke, Thomas Hardy, Christopher Isherwood, BS Johnson, John Keats, W. Somerset Maugham, and Virginia Woolf.

Course Detail

Our postgraduate writing students are given a supportive environment in which to enhance their technique, to explore the depths of their ideas, to sustain their creative motivation, and to prepare them for the demands of the writer’s life beyond the College.

At King's we know that writing well requires self-discipline and an ability to work productively in isolation; but we also appreciate that postgraduate writers thrive when they are part of a community of fellow authors, an environment of constructive criticism and shared endeavour.

That is why we offer our PhD students the guidance of knowledgeable and experienced practitioners. They will have frequent opportunities to interact and collaborate with peers and forge lasting connections within London’s writing industry.

Students will be expected to attend the quarterly Thesis Workshop, and also to take an active part in curating literary events at King’s, including the Poetry And… quarterly reading series. They will be invited to apply for positions teaching undergraduate creative writing modules as part of the Department’s Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) scheme.

After three years (full-time) or six years (part-time), students are expected to submit either:

  • a novel or short story collection
  • a poetry collection
  • a full-length work of creative non-fiction

In addition, they are also required to submit an essay (up to 15,000 words) that examines their practical approach to the conception, development, and revision of their project, and which explores how their creative work was informed by research (archival, book-based, or experiential).

  • How to apply
  • Fees or Funding

Many of our incoming students apply for AHRC funding via the London Arts and Humanities Partnership. Please see their website ( www.lahp.ac.uk ) for more detail of deadlines, application procedure and awards available. Also the ‘Student Funding’ section of the Prospectus will give you more information on other scholarships available from King’s.

UK Tuition Fees 2023/24

Full time tuition fees:

£5,820 per year (MPhil/PhD, Creative Writing)

Part time tuition fees:

£2,910 per year (MPhil/PhD, Creative Writing)

International Tuition Fees 2023/24

£22,900 per year (MPhil/PhD, Creative Writing)

£11,450 per year (MPhil/PhD, Creative Writing)

UK Tuition Fees 2024/25

£6,168 per year (MPhil/PhD, Creative Writing)

£3,084 per year (MPhil/PhD, Creative Writing)

International Tuition Fees 2024/25

£24,786 per year (MPhil/PhD, Creative Writing)

£12,393 per year (MPhil/PhD, Creative Writing)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

  • Study environment

Base campus


Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

PhD in Creative Writing students are taught through one-to-one sessions with an appointed supervisor in their chosen specialism (fiction, creative non-fiction, or poetry) as well as through quarterly thesis workshops. They are also appointed a second supervisor whose role is to offer an additional perspective on the work being produced.

We place great emphasis on pastoral care and are a friendly and welcoming department in the heart of London. Our home in the Virginia Woolf Building offers many spaces for postgraduate students to work and socialise. Studying in London means students have access to a huge range of libraries from the Maughan Library at King’s to the Senate House Library at the University of London and the British Library.

Our PhD Creative Writing students are taught exclusively by practicing, published writers of international reputation. These include:

Benjamin Wood (Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing)

Supervises projects in fiction.

Edmund Gordon (Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing)

Supervises projects in fiction and creative non-fiction.

Sarah Howe (Lecturer in Poetry)

Supervises projects in poetry.

Anthony Joseph (Lecturer in Creative Writing)

Supervises projects in poetry and fiction.

Jon Day (Senior Lecturer in English)

Supervises projects in creative non-fiction and fiction

Lara Feigel (Professor of Modern Literature)

Supervises projects in creative non-fiction and fiction.

Ruth Padel (Professor Emerita of Poetry)

Andrew O’Hagan (Visiting Professor)

*Teaching staff may vary according to research leave and availability.

Our programme also incorporates the following taught components:

Thesis Workshop

A termly writing seminar for the discussion and appraisal of works-in-progress. These are taught on a rotational basis by all members of the creative writing staff, so that students get the benefit of hearing a range of voices and opinions on their work throughout the course.

The Writing Life

A suite of exclusive guest talks and masterclasses from leading authors, publishers, and editors, in which students receive guidance from people working at the top level of the writing industry and learn about the various demands of maintaining a career as a writer.

Other elements of professional development are included in the degree:


Candidates in fiction or creative-nonfiction will meet and discuss their work in one-to-one sessions with invited literary agents, who are appointed to yearly residencies. These sessions offer writers a different overview of the development of their project: not solely from the standpoint of authorial technique, but with a view towards the positioning of their writing within a competitive and selective industry. Poetry candidates will meet and discuss their work with invited editors from internationally recognised poetry journals and presses.

Undergraduate Teaching

Through our Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) training scheme, our PhD students can apply to lead undergraduate creative writing workshops in fiction, creative non-fiction, and/or poetry, enabling them to acquire valuable HE-level teaching experience that will benefit them long after graduation.

Reading Series

Our students are required to participate in the curation of literary events at King’s. They are also responsible for curating Poetry And… , a quarterly reading in which leading poets illuminate the powerful connections between poetry and other disciplines. Students will develop skills in public engagement by chairing discussions and may also perform excerpts of their own writing.

Postgraduate Training

There is a range of induction events and training provided for students by the Centre for Doctoral Studies, the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and the English Department. A significant number of our students are AHRC-funded through the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP) which also provides doctoral training to all students. All students take the ‘Doctoral Seminar’ in their first year. This is a series of informal, staff-led seminars on research skills in which students can share and gain feedback on their own work. We run a series of ‘Skills Lunches’, which are informal lunch meetings with staff, covering specific topics, including Upgrading, Attending Conferences, Applying for Funding and Post-Doctoral Awards, etc. Topics for these sessions are generally suggested by the students themselves, so are particularly responsive to student needs. We have an Early Career Staff Mentor who runs more formal workshops of varying kinds, particularly connected to career development and the professions.

Through our Graduate Teaching Assistantship Scheme, doctoral students can apply to teach in the department (usually in their second year of study) and are trained and supported as they do so.

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Teesside University, Middlesbrough

2 Creative Writing degrees

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  • Employment rate: 95% Source: UNISTATS , 2019
  • CUG ranking : 26th Source: Complete University Guide 2024

English and Creative Writing BA (Hons)

  • UCAS points 96-112
  • UCAS code Q3W8
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  • Employment rate: 90% Source: UNISTATS , 2019

Creative Writing and Journalism BA (Hons)

  • UCAS points 112
  • UCAS code WP85

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  • CUG ranking : 32nd Source: Complete University Guide 2024

English Literature and Creative Writing BA (Hons)

  • UCAS points 120
  • UCAS code Q326

Coventry University

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  • Employment rate: 100% Source: UNISTATS , 2019
  • CUG ranking : 55th Source: Complete University Guide 2024
  • UCAS points 57-112
  • UCAS code QW38

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  • Employment rate: 84% Source: UNISTATS , 2019
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  • UCAS points 104-128
  • UCAS code Q3S5

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Creative Writing with Foundation BA (Hons)

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English Literature and Creative Writing (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

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Studying creative writing

Studying creative writing at uni is a great way of giving yourself the platform to become the best writer you can be. Whether you want to write novels, poems, scripts, copy or something completely different, a creative writing degree will help you develop the technical skills to allow you to do so. You’ll look at writing in the context of the wider world and could explore the written word’s relationship with sound and images in relation to production and publication. Creative projects, workshops and possible work placements will also give you practical experience in the field. With a creative writing degree, you could explore many different career options, such as novel writer, screenwriter, copywriter, journalist, web content editor, proofreader and social media specialist. 


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The community has been one of my favourite parts. The department has very warm and encouraging staff. Some of my classmates are now close friends, and we still workshop stories across time zones, and complain to each other about writing - and not writing! Bhavika Govil, prize-winning fiction writer MSc in Creative Writing, 2020

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Programme description

Based in the first UNESCO World City of Literature, this one-year, full-time taught Masters programme is tailored towards your practice in either fiction or poetry.

There is a strong practical element to the programme, helping you develop your creative skills through:

  • presenting your work for peer discussion
  • hearing from guest writers and other professionals on the practicalities of life as a writer

You will also sharpen your critical skills through:

  • seminars exploring the particulars of your chosen form
  • option courses in literature, helping you move from theoretical considerations to practical applications

The programme culminates with the publication of ‘From Arthur’s Seat,’ an anthology of student work.

Why Edinburgh

Literature has been taught here for over 250 years, and today Edinburgh thrives on its designation as the first UNESCO World City of Literature. The city is home to the National Library of Scotland and the Scottish Poetry Library, and a number of celebrated publishing outlets, from Canongate and Polygon, to Luath Press, Birlinn and Mariscat. The University hosts the prestigious James Tait Black Awards, established in 1919 and one of the oldest literary prizes in Britain.

There are lots of opportunities to write and share your work, from ‘The Student,’ the UK’s oldest student newspaper (founded in 1887 by Robert Louis Stevenson), to The Selkie, which was founded by Creative Writing students in 2018 to showcase work by people who self-identify as underrepresented.

Around the city, you will find:

  • library readings and bookshop launches
  • spoken word gigs
  • cabaret nights
  • poetry slams
Edinburgh isn’t just historic – it’s a modern hub for literature. That’s part of what makes the city great for writing.

Austin Crowley, MSc in Creative Writing, 2023

We team teach our programme so that you benefit from the input of a range of tutors, as well as your fellow students and our Writer in Residence, the poet and author Michael Pedersen, who also co-ordinates a range of student writing prizes and our annual industry and networking event.

The academic staff you will be working with are all active researchers or authors, including well-published and prize-winning writers of poetry, prose fiction and drama. They include:

  • Dr Jane Alexander - Fiction
  • Dr Lynda Clark
  • Dr Patrick Errington - Poetry/Fiction
  • Dr Miriam Gamble - Poetry
  • Professor Alan Gillis - Poetry
  • Dr Jane McKie - Poetry
  • Dr Allyson Stack - Fiction
  • Kim Sherwood - Fiction
  • Alice Thompson - Fiction

Programme structure

Over the duration of the programme, you will:

  • take two core courses, both worth 40 credits
  • two optional courses chosen from a wide range of subjects, both worth 20 credits

The core activities in Creative Writing are:

  • tutor-led workshops, in which you will present your work-in-progress and critique the work of your fellow students
  • regular seminars exploring techniques and issues specific to your practice (either fiction or poetry) and the statements and theories of practitioners

Optional courses

We have a large number of option courses to choose from, including preferred courses for fiction and poetry (which will be offered to Creative Writing students in the first instance), and courses from across the Department of English Literature and the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures.

Visiting speakers

Throughout the programme, you will be expected to attend readings and talks by visiting speakers. Early on, these will be from published writers and, later, advisors from the writing business: literary agents, magazine editors and publishers.


The final element of the programme is your dissertation, a piece of creative writing (worth 60 credits) written with the advice and support of a designated supervisor.

Fiction dissertations are between 15,000 words and 20,000 words, and poetry dissertations between 25 and 30 pages.

Find out more about compulsory and optional courses

We link to the latest information available. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year and should be considered indicative.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • identify, conceptualise and define formal elements of craft in your chosen field (poetry or fiction) within published works and within works by your peers
  • remain open to criticism and respond effectively and creatively to feedback on your own creative work
  • work from initial conception through multiple drafts to the final version of a creative piece within your chosen field (fiction or poetry)
  • transfer editorial skills and creative abilities from one context to another
  • analyse creative works within your chosen field (fiction or poetry), work with a focus on craft effectiveness, and articulate strengths and weaknesses in a piece of writing in a constructive manner

Career opportunities

Over the course of this programme, you will complete a body of creative work that has been rigorously peer reviewed.

Our students go on to careers in a wide variety of fields, including:

  • arts administration
  • web and audio book editing
  • script and ghost writing
  • gaming narrative design

Some decide to extend their studies and take a PhD with us.

Many of our alumni go on to achieve literary success, publishing novels and short story and poetry collections, and winning awards. Our graduates’ recent successes include:

debut novels from:

  • Amanda Block (The Lost Storyteller, published by Hodder Studio)
  • Karin Nordin (Where Ravens Roost, published by Harper Collins)
  • Marielle Thompson (Where Ivy Dares to Grow, published by Kensington Books)
  • August Thomas (Liar’s Candle, published by Simon and Schuster)
  • Rosie Walker (Secrets of a Serial Killer, published by One More Chapter)
  • Mark Wightman (Waking the Tiger, published by Hobeck Books and shortlisted for Scottish Crime Debut of the Year 2021)

debut short story collections from:

  • Dayle Furlong (Lake Effect, published by Cormorant Books)
  • Dima Alzayat (Alligator and Other Stories, shortlisted for the James Tait Black Award for Fiction)
  • a non-fiction debut from Sonali Misra (21 Fantastic Failures, published by Rupa Publications India)

debut poetry collections from:

  • Rebecca Tamás (WITCH, published by Penned in the Margins)
  • Naomi Morris (Hyperlove, published by Makina Books)
  • Aileen Ballantyne (Taking Flight, published by Luath Press)
  • the 2022 Edwin Morgan Poetry Award, won by Alyson Kissner
  • the 2021 Brotherton Poetry Prize, won by Lauren Pope
  • the 2021 Pontas & JJ Bola Emerging Writers Prize, won by Bhavika Govil

Meet our graduates

From Arthur’s Seat – stories from the heart of Edinburgh

Tim Tim Cheng

  • Bhavika Govil
  • Dima Alzayat

What's the best type of masters programme for you?

Entry requirements.

These entry requirements are for the 2024/25 academic year and requirements for future academic years may differ. Entry requirements for the 2025/26 academic year will be published on 1 Oct 2024.

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in any discipline. This will often be in a directly related subject like English Literature/Creative Writing, but we welcome applicants from all academic backgrounds.

Applicants who are entered into selection will be asked to provide a sample of written work to enable their suitability for the programme to be assessed.

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Regardless of your nationality or country of residence, you must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic: total 7.0 with at least 6.5 in each component.
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Home Edition): total 100 with at least 23 in each component. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • C1 Advanced ( CAE ) / C2 Proficiency ( CPE ): total 185 with at least 176 in each component.
  • Trinity ISE : ISE III with passes in all four components.
  • PTE Academic: total 70 with at least 62 in each component.

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS , TOEFL, Trinity ISE or PTE , in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

  • UKVI list of majority English speaking countries

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries (non-MESC).

  • Approved universities in non-MESC

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.

Find out more about our language requirements:

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If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK’s governments.

The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on:

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  • the duration of your studies
  • your tuition fee status

Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.

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MSc Creative Writing - 1 Year (Full-time)

Application deadlines.

Due to high demand, the school operates a number of selection deadlines. We will make a small number of offers to the most outstanding candidates on an ongoing basis, but hold the majority of applications until the next published selection deadline when we will offer a proportion of the places available to applicants selected through a competitive process.

Please be aware that applications must be submitted and complete, i.e. all required documents uploaded, by the relevant application deadline in order to be considered in that round. Your application will still be considered if you have not yet met the English language requirement for the programme.

Deadlines for applicants applying to study in 2024/25:

(Revised 19 October 2023 to update application deadlines and selection dates)

  • How to apply

You must submit one reference with your application.

The online application process involves the completion of a web form and the submission of supporting documents.

You should supply a portfolio of writing.

  • For poetry, this should be six (6) pages of poetry, starting a new page for each new poem of 14 lines or over.
  • For fiction, this should be a complete story or stories, or an equivalent amount from a longer work (between 2,500 and 3,500 words).

These are firm limits.

If you are undecided about whether to apply for fiction or poetry, you should send a sample of both, i.e. six (6) pages of poetry and 2,500-3,500 words of fiction (if offered a place it will be for one or the other).

Work in other forms (for example journalism, life writing or advertising) will not be considered.

Personal statement

When writing your personal statement, consider the following questions:

  • What do you most hope to learn/gain from a Creative Writing degree, and why is ours the programme for you?
  • Tell us about your writing: what are you interested in and why? Are there aspects of your current practice you're particularly proud of? Things you know you need to work on?

What (if any) prior experience do you have of studying Creative Writing?

Guidance on the application process and supporting documents

All supporting documents, including references, must be uploaded to the online application system by the deadline date.

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

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Develop your creativity with an Oxford University short course or award programme.

Need an extra push to finish your novel, poem or play? Completely new to the world of creative writing? Want to improve your analytical reading skills? No matter where you are in your writing journey, or where you are in the world, there is a part-time course to suit you.

Short online courses

Our short online courses in creative writing include live-time weekly classes, day and weekend schools and flexible online courses.

Credit earned from our short online courses is transferable towards our Certificate of Higher Education - a part-time undergraduate course in which you study a main subject discipline but also undertake study in other academic subjects.

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Diploma in Creative Writing

Our two-year, part-time Undergraduate Diploma in Creative Writing allows you to strengthen your ability in four major areas of literary activity — prose, poetry, drama and analytical reading — as well as the chance to specialise in the medium of your choice. You can now opt to take this course mostly online.

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Creative Writing BA(Hons)

Learn the craft of writing and explore its purpose, experimenting with various styles. Our Creative Writing degree takes an inclusive and encouraging approach and will help you develop your creativity, drawing on our diverse city as inspiration.

We encourage you to apply critical reading and creative skills to innovative writing practices. Covering a variety of genres, you will study techniques and develop expertise that you will apply to work-based scenarios including publishing.

Guided by supportive tutors, you will consider key texts and connect your work to political, social and cultural theories. Our teaching will take you into museums, galleries, theatres, archives, the countryside and city.

There are opportunities to work with publishers and acclaimed writers. Regular events include our Scrivener Series of writer workshops and spoken word nights.

You can choose a specialist pathway and graduate with the title:

  • Creative Writing with Wellbeing BA(Hons)
  • Creative Writing with Comics and Graphic Novels BA(Hons)*

*The comics and graphic novels pathway is new for 2024. It is in the final stages of development and may change. Check back for updates, and if you apply for this course we will let you know about any new developments via Student View .

Location Brighton: Moulsecoomb

UCAS code W800

Full-time 3 years

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Entry requirements

A-level or BTEC Entry requirements are in the range of A-level BBB–BCC (120–104 UCAS Tariff points), or BTEC Extended Diploma DMM–MMM. Our conditional offers typically fall within this range.

A-levels must include English language, English literature, or combined English language and literature.

International Baccalaureate 26 points, with three subjects at Higher level.

Access to HE Diploma Pass with 60 credits overall. Humanities, history or politics courses preferred. At least 45 credits at level 3.

Studied before or got relevant experience? A qualification, HE credits or relevant experience may count towards your course at Brighton, and could mean that you do not have to take some elements of the course or can start in year 2 or 3. 

English language requirements IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. Find out more about the other English qualifications that we accept .

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When you apply to Brighton we want to hear about who you are. Grades are never the whole picture; we're interested in things like creativity, resourcefulness, persistence and the capacity to think big and find new ways of doing things. And we recognise that not everyone has the same background. That's why we treat everyone who applies as an individual. We recognise many qualifications and we care about all of your achievements and the experiences you've had that set you apart.

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Why creative writing at Brighton?

  • Staff are all active writers – you will learn from published novelists, poets and screenwriters
  • Strong local publishing connections - we organise a programme of visiting writers and publishing professionals. Take a look at some of our prizes and partnerships
  • Scrivener series of talks giving you the chance to speak to a professional writer about their work
  • Focus on employability - we ensure you will graduate as an emerging writer with a strong skillset
  • Alumni making a difference - graduates from our programmes include Paris Lees, Merci Roberts, Munroe Bergdorf and Tanaka Mhisi
  • Excellent student support and a warm and encouraging community
  • Weekly roundup of writing competitions and opportunities to encourage you to promote your work and consider future careers
  • Workshops and spoken word events help you find your writing voice

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All students study the same modules in year 1, where you will develop your awareness of writing genres and work with local writers.

You will learn through lectures, seminars and workshops as well as small group and individual tutorials.

Explore the cultural and critical concepts of belonging and unbelonging. You'll situate yourself as an emerging, socially responsible writer in the wider world by engaging with diverse writings that explore themes of migration and movement, home and displacement, search for a community, and our relationship to the environment and different spaces.

Taking inspiration from Edward Said’s book The World, the Text, and the Critic (1983), this module enables you to explore some of the key debates in contemporary literary studies. Organised around decolonial, feminist, queer, ecocritical and other approaches to texts, you'll develop critical writing skills and knowledge of social, cultural and political contexts in the interpretation of literary works and the wider world. 

Explore the concept of a professional writerly identity, and consider a ‘writing life’ in personal, local and global terms. Through studying and by contact with professional writers, you will investigate writing as self-expression, craft, process and profession; curating a writerly identity/ persona; developing your writing towards your future career; and the writing life and its implications on the global stage, for example as an act of resistance to inequalities.

This module will introduce you to practices of storying the self in writing and digital media. Through creating a first person story combining audio script, music and still image, you will engage with the expressive complexities of autobiographical representation. The module will also give you the creative writing tools to experiment with storying the self in a variety of written genre.

How might theatre engage audiences with the politics of class, race, gender, sexuality and the environment? You'll examine a range of plays in context, exploring how provocative stories develop through characterisation, stage directions, dialogue and dramatic action. Learn to think critically and creatively about theatrical texts and how to write scripts for stage in inclusive collaborations with your peers.

Brighton is a vibrant and unique place that has impacted on British and European culture, as well being at the forefront of social changes since the eighteenth-century. This module is a literary and cultural exploration of Brighton as a place. You will engage and connect with Brighton’s history, literary culture and your own creative writing practice. The module benefits from several city trips, which will bring learning materials to life.

Our courses are reviewed and enhanced on an ongoing basis in order to make sure that what you learn with us is relevant and that your course enables you to develop appropriate skills. When you apply to study with us, we will inform you of any new developments in your chosen programme through Student View .

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There are placement opportunities available in the second year as well as field trips to theatres, museums, schools and community organisations. You are also welcome to study abroad after your second year.

You'll also choose to stay with the broad Creative Writing degree, or to specialise in wellbeing or comics and graphic novels.

Core modules

  • Stories that Transform: Reading and Writing for Change

Creative writing

  • Research and Practice
  • Professional Placement and Practice

Creative writing with wellbeing

  • Critical Psychology
  • Mental Health and Distress

Creative writing with comics and graphic novels

  • Comics, Cultures and Themes
  • Image and Text: The Language of Comics and Graphic Novels
  • American Literature**
  • Contemporary Narratives and Society
  • Documentary Storytelling: Theory and Practice
  • Early Modern Literature
  • Introduction to Journalism
  • Literature and Art History
  • Modernism and Heritage**
  • Poetry and Process
  • Power and Persuasion
  • Queer Writings
  • Reading the Graphic Novel
  • Studying Travel Writing
  • Twentieth-Century Literary Experiments
  • Women’s Writing and Feminist Theory**
  • Writing for Stage, Radio and Screen

You can also choose option modules from across our humanities and arts subjects.

*Option modules are indicative and may change, depending on timetabling and staff availability.

** available to students choosing the comics and graphic novels pathway

In the final year you take two core modules and choose from a selection of options. Publishers Epoque Press award a prize for the best dissertation.

Creative writing, and wellbeing pathway

  • Dissertation
  • Brighton Rocks: Final Year Show
  • (Re)Viewing Shakespeare
  • Adaptations
  • Analysing Big Data: Quantitative Methods in Language Research
  • Apocalypse, Utopia and Dystopia
  • Autobiography and the Screen
  • Autoethnography
  • Brighton Rocks
  • Citizen Journalism: Theory and Practice
  • Community Placement: Theory in Practice
  • Conflict, Migration, Borders
  • Creative Writing Project
  • Culture Wars: Class, Race, Gender and the Politics of Taste
  • European Literatures and Film
  • From Script to Screen
  • Gothic: Texts and Contexts
  • Literature and Philosophy
  • Literature and the World Wars
  • Popular Culture: Europe and Beyond
  • Post-colonial Literatures
  • Post-war American Literature
  • Reading and Writing Landscape
  • Restoration Drama
  • Russian Literature
  • Victorian Sexualities
  • Women’s Writing and Feminist Theory
  • Writing the Contemporary

Specialist wellbeing pathway options* 

  • Community Wellbeing and Social Justice
  • Counselling Skills and the Therapeutic Relationship
  • Critical Addiction Studies
  • Cyberpsychology
  • Ecopsychology
  • Mood and Anxiety Disorders in Children
  • Psychology of Poverty
  • Sexualities

Specialist comics and graphic novels pathway options*

  • Contemporary Global Literatures
  • English Language Teaching
  • European Literature and Film
  • Literature and Social Change
  • Postcolonial Literatures
  • Script to Screen

Choose to explore wellbeing

Choose to follow this pathway at the end of year 1 and graduate with the degree title: Creative Writing with Wellbeing BA(Hons).

You'll explore specialist wellbeing-related modules alongside core creative writing modules and choose option modules in the subjects that interest you most.

You will link your knowledge of wellbeing to the craft of writing and consider texts and your own work in relation to political, social, cultural and medical theories. You will particularly focus on diversity and global challenges. You will identify underrepresented stories and question their absence, as well as thinking ethically and sensitively about addressing gaps in literature and writing that your work can fill.

Events such as our wellbeing walks will consider the impact of the outdoors and place on your writing and think about how eco-writing can raise awareness and spark dialogues. Our tutors will help you to develop techniques and skills involved in storytelling in a range of genres and encourage you to think about how your writing can and will impact on the world and how you can be part of, and also lead, better conversations about living well.

Through the university’s Centre for Arts and Wellbeing you will be connected with the latest national and international research and events that speak directly to your subjects. You will be encouraged to think how you can contribute to future work in these transformative and vital fields.

Choose to explore comics and graphic novels

Choose to follow this pathway at the end of year 1 and graduate with the degree title: Creative Writing with Comics and Graphic Novels BA(Hons).

Comics and graphic novels entertain and inform through a powerful and dynamic combination of visual art and narrative storytelling – and their cultural impact means they are recognised as an important art form. They are used to explore subjects from politics to mental health, social inequality to science, fantasy to fiction in ways that convey emotions, action and atmosphere with broad and inclusive appeal.

On this innovative specialist pathway you will be encouraged to experiment, whether that is creating long-form graphic novels or comic strips, engaging with subjects that excite and inspire you.

Our staff have extensive writing and publishing expertise in the field and they will develop your skills and knowledge, ensuring you understand specific storytelling techniques that create an emotional impact on the reader. You will also learn aspects of design such as panel layouts, visual pacing and composition.

As a student, you will be engaging with this evolving art form in a vibrant city where creativity is celebrated, benefitting from our connections to organisations and events in which you can participate and share your work.

Lab facilities

Mithras House is home to all our School of Humanities and Social Science courses. It has a series of ‘labs’, which may be used for teaching on your course or in your independent research work. Life lab A comfortable space with lounge furniture intended for qualitative research with larger groups. Due to its relaxed layout and naturalistic environment, the space is suited to research using focus groups, research using observation-based methods and child research.

The space is also used for teaching on some social science courses, as well as for dissertation research for projects.   City lab A space designed for collaborative student learning. It is used by students and staff involved in the university’s Global Challenges programme, our collective mission to contribute towards solutions to tackling the pressing issues facing our world. Design lab A space housing our extensive collection of historic dress and textiles, which are used in some teaching on our History of Art and Design courses . It has the space and equipment to work on textile projects. Displays created by students on these programmes are on view in the social spaces of the building.

Stats lab A specialist workspace with computing equipment for statistical analysis and projects involving video and audio editing software. The lab is accessible as a study space to students on psychology courses. 

It is also available to students studying courses involving video and audio recording and editing, such as politics degrees and our creative writing programmes. The stats lab contains eight soundproof booths for recording or transcribing interviews undertaken as part of dissertation research.   VR and eye tracking lab This lab is used for psychological research, specifically eye-tracking research and virtual reality research. Equipment includes an electroencephalography (EEG) headset and Electrodermal Activity (EDA) equipment.

A core module in year 2 of the creative writing and the wellbeing pathways enables you to gain professional experience in industries such as publishing, broadcasting, social media marketing, PR and the charity sector. 

Recent placement hosts include:

  • Action Medical Research
  • Action Tutoring
  • Airstream Photo Booth
  • Brighton Dome and Festival
  • British Forces Broadcasting Services
  • Epoque Press
  • Factory Films
  • The Old Market Theatre
  • Little Green Pig
  • Men’s Health Magazine

In year 3 the Community Placement module is available for all pathways to choose. It is aimed at building your professional experience through 30 to 50 hours of voluntary work with a not-for-profit or community organisation. The placement is assessed and contributes to your degree.

Meet the team

Dr Bea Hitchman  is a novelist whose work focuses on gender, queer writing and historical fiction. Her 2013 novel Petite Mort was nominated for the Authors' Club Best First Novel Prize, the Polari Prize, the HWA Debut Novel Prize and the Desmond Elliott Prize, and serialised as a ten-part Radio 4 drama. Her second novel, All of You Every Single One (2021) was one of Vogue’s Best Novels of 2022, and was nominated for the Polari Prize and HWA Prize.  Read novelist and writing tutor Beatrice Hitchman's staff profile .

Read a Q+A with Bea Hitchman where she talks about her career and how she got into writing novels and teaching.

Dr Craig Jordan-Baker  is a writer of drama, fiction and non-fiction. His drama has been widely performed and his first novel The Nacullians was published in 2020 and his most recent work If the River is Hidden (2022) is hybrid work combining poetry and lyrical prose. He was the winner of the 2018 Excellence in Facilitating and Empowering Learning Award. You can read more about Craig's interests and background on his staff profile.  You can read more about novelist and creative writing tutor Dr Craig Jordan-Baker on his staff profile .

Dr Jess Moriarty researches in the field of teaching writing practice, especially in auto-ethnographical academic writing and in creative writing with undergraduates. Another winner of the Teaching Excellence award, she is also co-founder of Work Write Live, which provides a range of writing short courses and volunteering opportunities for students to develop vocational and academic skills. You can read more about writer and creative-writing tutor Dr Jess Moriarty on her staff profile .

Read a Q+A with Jess Moriarty where she talks about her career and how she got into writing novels and teaching.

Dr John McCullough is a Costa-shortlisted, Polari prize-winning poet who focuses on mental health, loss, the body, queer politics, queer history and Brighton as a centre for unique LGBT+ subcultures. He has written three collections: The Frost Fairs (Salt, 2011) which won the Polari First Book Prize and was a Book of the Year for The Independent and a summer read for The Observer. His second, Spacecraft (Penned in the Margins, 2016) was shortlisted for the Ledbury-Forte prize and was a summer read for The Guardian. His latest collection, Reckless Paper Birds (Penned in the Margins, 2019), was shortlisted for the Costa. Read more about poet and creative-writing tutor Dr John McCullough on his staff profile .

Julie Everton is a playwright and script editor. She teaches drama, script writing, and screenwriting. Her research includes writing about real events/people, models of script development and autoethnography. You can read more about playwright and writing tutor Julie Everton on her staff profile .

Dr Barbara Chamberlain teaches modules in creative writing, English language, media and literature and include cinema, landscape writing, intercultural communication, teacher training and comics. She co-curates the Graphic Brighton symposium which brings together comics scholars, creators, publishers and readers. Read more about  Dr Barbara Chamberlin in her staff profile.

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Prepare for your career 

Our Creative Writing degree provides subject knowledge and expertise and opportunities to put what you learn into practice with work-related experience. 

You will develop valuable transferable skills such as critical thinking and writing, independent research and analysis. The course will equip you with excellent presentation, written and oral communication skills.

Studying creative writing at university also allows you to take part in extracurricular activities which can add to your skillset and experience, including:

  • the Performance and Community Research and Enterprise Group which celebrates, challenges and researches the various modes of performance (voice, body, space, movement, language, sound, texture, shape, words).
  • the student-led Creative Writing Society.

Creative writing students in the field

Showcasing your talent 

The Scrivener series of talks runs twice a semester giving you the chance to chat to a professional writer about their work. This then feeds into open mic nights where you can showcase your work.

As a Creative Writing student you will have the opportunity to organise your own academic conference in your final year, centred around celebrating you and your fellow student’s work.

Students organise all aspects of the management and organisation of the event and give a presentation at the conference. 

All Creative Writing students also receive a weekly email digest of writing competitions and opportunities to encourage you to get your work out there and think about the future.

Creative writing poetry evening

Royal Literary Fund Fellow 

If you want professional feedback on any aspect of your writing, from an essay to a manuscript, you can book a one-to-one tutorial with our resident Royal Literary Fund Fellow .

The sessions are free, confidential and independent of the university.

You can get advice on

  • academic writing style and how to answer essay questions.
  • all aspects of your writing, such as developing and structuring an argument to improving style.

What can I do with a creative writing degree?

Creative writing degree graduates gain a broad range of skills applicable in a variety of roles, such as:

  • editorial assistant
  • higher education lecturer
  • lexicographer
  • publishing copy-editor/proofreader

This degree opens up a range of postgraduate study options. At Brighton, for example, you could progress to:

  • Creative Writing MA
  • Journalism MA
  • Secondary English PGCE .

You could also choose to complete your PhD at Brighton alongside our team of world-leading researchers.

High-profile graduates from our English programmes include Paris Lees, Tanaka Mhishi and Munroe Bergdorf.

Graduates from our English programmes have gone on to careers in:

  • social media marketing
  • English tutorship
  • SEO Executive
  • broadcasting
  • public relations 
  • postgraduate studies in English language or related areas.

Professional advice and support 

Outside of your course, our Careers Service is here to support you as you discover (and re-discover) your strengths and what matters to you. We are here for you throughout your university journey as you work towards a fulfilling and rewarding career.

Connect with our careers team

  • Find part-time work that you can combine with your studies.
  • Find, or be, a mentor or get involved with our peer-to-peer support scheme.
  • Develop your business ideas through our entrepreneurial support network.
  • Get professional advice and support with career planning, CV writing and interview top tips.
  • Meet potential employers at our careers fairs.
  • Find rewarding volunteering opportunities to help you discover more about what makes you tick, and build your CV.

Whatever your career needs, we are here to help. And that's not just while you are a student, our support carries on after you've graduated.

Find out more...

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Fees and costs

Course fees

UK (full-time) 9,250 GBP

International (full-time) 15,900 GBP

The fees listed here are for the first year of full-time study if you start your course in the academic year 2024–25 .

You will pay fees for each year of your course. Some fees may increase each year.

UK undergraduate and some postgraduate fees are regulated by the UK government and increases will not be more than the maximum amount allowed. Course fees that are not regulated may increase each year by up to 5% or RPI (whichever is higher).

If you are studying part-time your fee will usually be calculated based on the number of modules that you take.

  • Fees, bursaries, scholarships and government funding info for UK and international undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • Student finance and budgeting while studying
  • About the university’s fees by checking our student contract and tuition fee policy (pdf).

What's included

You may have to pay additional costs during your studies. The cost of optional activities is not included in your tuition fee and you will need to meet this cost in addition to your fees. A summary of the costs that you may be expected to pay, and what is included in your fees, while studying a course in the School of Humanities and Social Science in the 2022–23 academic year are listed here.

  • For some assessments you may be required to print large format posters for presentations at a cost of £5–£10 per poster.
  • Most coursework submissions are electronic but you may wish to print notes and should budget up to £100 for printing.
  • Course books are available from the university but you may wish to budget up to £200 to buy your own copies.
  • Some courses include an optional placement module for which students will need to cover the costs of travel to and from the placement and DBS checks as required.
  • Supervision fees: £1,170 for each full year. Estimated based on £45 per hour with fortnightly meetings. In some agencies, supervision will be provided at no cost. Where students have to pay, the cost will only begin when supervision begins.
  • Personal counselling/therapy: £2,000–£2,800 over the course. Estimated based on £40 per hour.
  • For a number of courses you will have the opportunity to attend field trips and off-site visits. These are optional and are not required to pass your course but under normal circumstances we would expect a budget of approximately £150 per year will cover the costs of particular trips. The amount spent would be based on location and number of trips taken.
  • You will have access to computers and necessary software, however many students choose to buy their own hardware, software and accessories. The amount spent will depend on your individual choices but this expenditure is not essential to pass any of our courses.

You can chat with our enquiries team if you have a question or need more information. Or check our finance pages for advice about funding and scholarships as well as more information about fees and advice on international and island fee-paying status.

Location and student life

Campus where this course is taught

Moulsecoomb campus

Two miles north of Brighton seafront, Moulsecoomb is our largest campus and student village. Moulsecoomb has been transformed by a recent development of our estate. On campus you'll find new Students' Union, events venue, and sports and fitness facilities, alongside the library and student centre.

Over 900 students live here in our halls, Moulsecoomb Place and the new Mithras halls – Brunswick, Goldstone, Hanover, Preston and Regency.

Moulsecoomb has easy access to buses and trains and to all the exciting things happening in our home city.

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We guarantee an offer of a place in halls of residence to all eligible students . So if you applied for halls by the deadline you are guaranteed a room in our halls of residence.

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Halls of residence We have self-catered halls on all our campuses, within minutes of your classes, and other options that are very nearby.

You can apply for any of our halls, but the options closest to your study location are:

  • Mithras Halls are stylish new high-rises in the heart of the student village at our revitalised Moulsecoomb campus with ensuite rooms for more than 800 students.
  • Varley Park  is a popular dedicated halls site, offering a mix of rooms and bathroom options at different prices. It is around two miles from Moulsecoomb campus and four miles from the city centre, and is easy to get to by bus.

Want to live independently? We can help – find out more about private renting .

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Modern accommodation at Moulsecoomb

Mithras halls room with a view

Relaxing in halls near the campus

Student Union social space

Student Union social space at Moulsecoomb

About Brighton

The city of Brighton & Hove is a forward-thinking place which leads the way in the arts, technology, sustainability and creativity. You'll find living here plays a key role in your learning experience.

Brighton is a leading centre for creative media technology, recently named the startup capital of the UK.

The city is home to a national 5G testbed and over 1,000 tech businesses. The digital sector is worth over £1bn a year to the local economy - as much as tourism.

All of our full-time undergraduate courses involve work-based learning - this could be through placements, live briefs and guest lectures. Many of these opportunities are provided by local businesses and organisations.

It's only 50 minutes by train from Brighton to central London and less than 40 minutes to Eastbourne. There are also daily direct trains to Bristol, Bedford, Cambridge, Gatwick Airport, Portsmouth and Southampton.

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Support and wellbeing

Your course team

Your personal academic tutor, course leader and other tutors are all there to help you with your personal and academic progress. You'll also have a student support and guidance tutor (SSGT) who can help with everything from homesickness, managing stress or accommodation issues.

Your academic skills

Our Brighton Student Skills Hub gives you extra support and resources to develop the skills you'll need for university study, whatever your level of experience so far.

Your mental health and wellbeing

As well as being supported to succeed, we want you to feel good too. You'll be part of a community that builds you up, with lots of ways to connect with one another, as well having access to dedicated experts if you need them. Find out more .

Sport at Brighton

Sport Brighton

Sport Brighton brings together our sport and recreation services. As a Brighton student you'll have use of sport and fitness facilities across all our campuses and there are opportunities to play for fun, fitness or take part in serious competition. 

Find out more about Sport Brighton .

Sports scholarships

Our sports scholarship scheme is designed to help students develop their full sporting potential to train and compete at the highest level. We offer scholarships for elite athletes, elite disabled athletes and talented sports performers.

Find out more about sport scholarships .

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If you have a question about this course, our enquiries team will be happy to help. 01273 644644

Find out more about how the academic year and degree courses are organised , and about learning and assessment activities you might get to grips with at Brighton. More specific information about this course is detailed in the programme specification (linked below). You can find out also about the support we offer to help you adjust to university life.

Course and module descriptions on this page were accurate when first published and are the basis of the course. Detailed information on any changes we make to modules and learning and assessment activities will be sent to all students by email before enrolment, so that you have all the information before you come to Brighton.

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Whether you’re looking to develop your own writing skills and editorial practice for your profession or for purely personal interest, our creative writing courses have much to offer you. Choose below from our range of qualifications.

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Creative Writing Degrees  Degrees Also known as an undergraduate or bachelors degree. Internationally respected, universally understood. An essential requirement for many high-level jobs. Gain a thorough understanding of your subject – and the tools to investigate, think critically, form reasoned arguments, solve problems and communicate effectively in new contexts. Progress to higher level study, such as a postgraduate diploma or masters degree.

  • Credits measure the student workload required for the successful completion of a module or qualification.
  • One credit represents about 10 hours of study over the duration of the course.
  • You are awarded credits after you have successfully completed a module.
  • For example, if you study a 60-credit module and successfully pass it, you will be awarded 60 credits.

How long will it take?

Creative Writing Diplomas  Diplomas Widely recognised qualification. Equivalent to the first two thirds of an honours degree. Enhance your professional and technical skills or extend your knowledge and understanding of a subject. Study for interest or career development. Top up to a full honours degree in just two years.

Creative writing certificates  certificates widely recognised qualification. equivalent to the first third of an honours degree. study for interest or career development. shows that you can study successfully at university level. count it towards further qualifications such as a diphe or honours degree., why study creative writing with the open university.

Since 2003, over 50,000 students have completed one of our critically acclaimed creative writing modules. 

The benefits of studying creative writing with us are:

  • Develops your writing skills in several genres including fiction, poetry, life writing and scriptwriting.
  • Introduces you to the world of publishing and the requirements of professionally presenting manuscripts.
  • Online tutor-group forums enable you to be part of an interactive writing community.
  • Module workbooks are widely praised and used by other universities and have attracted worldwide sales.

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Studying creative writing will equip you with an adaptable set of skills that can give entry to a vast range of occupations. You’ll learn to evaluate and assimilate information in constructing an argument as well as acquiring the skills of creative and critical thinking that are much in demand in the workplace. 

Our range of courses in creative writing can help you start or progress your career as a:

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The 6 Best UK Universities for Creative Writing Degrees

The 6 Best UK Universities for Creative Writing Degrees

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  • 24th February 2023

A creative writing degree can unlock your potential and give you access to a world of career and writing opportunities. So if you’re an avid writer looking to develop your skills , a university-level degree might be the perfect next step.

But with so many options for studying creative writing in the UK, you might be wondering where (and how) to start. Your course and university choice could impact the skills you develop, the connections you make, and the direction in which your career takes off.

That’s why, in this post, we break down what a creative writing degree is, explain what you need to look out for when choosing a university, and finally, offer an overview of some of the best UK universities for creative writing degrees.

When you’re done reading, we hope you’ll be one step closer to starting your ideal creative writing degree.

What Is a Creative Writing Degree?

A creative writing degree is an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification in creative writing. The degree may focus on creative writing alone, or an institution may combine creative writing with related subjects, such as English language and literature, film studies, or journalism.

The purpose of a creative writing degree is to help students develop their writing skills, establish their authorial voice, and equip themselves with an understanding of different writing styles and techniques. Degree material may also cover practical concerns, such as how the publishing industry works.

Entry requirements for a creative writing course vary, but most institutions will ask for an A-level or the equivalent in English language and/or literature. Creative writing programs cover many forms of writing and can include modules in:

●  Prose

●  Nonfiction

●  Poetry

●  Scriptwriting

●  Writing for an online audience

●  Narrative theory

●  The creative process

●  Getting published

●  Teaching creative writing

As they progress through the course, creative writing students will produce essays alongside a portfolio of creative work, which they will then submit for assessment.

The Benefits of a Creative Writing Degree

While you don’t need a creative writing degree to publish your work, having one can provide you with unique benefits and career opportunities. Creative writing students can expect to:

●  Work with published authors and literary professionals

●  Develop contacts within the publishing industry

●  Experience dealing with and responding to feedback

●  Encounter opportunities to publish their work and establish a reputation as a writer

●  Explore the theory behind writing in depth

You will also develop transferable talents such as time management, communication skills, and self-discipline. These will help you develop your career and stand out to potential employers.

Career Opportunities for Creative Writing Graduates

Becoming an author might be the most obvious career path for creative writing graduates, but you can access plenty of other career choices with your degree. Potential careers include:

●  Editorial assistant

●  Copy editor

●  Publisher

●  Literary agent

●  Copywriter

●  Marketing assistant

●  Journalist

●  Teacher

●  English or creative writing lecturer

Things to Consider When Choosing a University

When you choose a creative writing degree, you’re also choosing the university where you will study. Each institution has its own benefits and approaches, so to make sure you select the right university for you, consider the following factors.

Location and Campus Culture

Some universities are campus-based; that is, lecture halls, accommodations, entertainment, and other facilities are all located in one place. Other institutions are spread across the town or city where they are based.

Each location will have its own atmosphere, so visiting for an open day will help you get a better idea of what attending that university would be like. You should also consider how far away from home you want to study and how easily you can travel between your university and your hometown.

The faculty members of different universities will have their own specialist subjects, research interests, and writing experience. Look for a university where the faculty members specialize in areas of writing you’re interested in. Doing so is especially important if you’re pursuing a PhD in creative writing, as you’ll need to find an appropriate PhD supervisor .

Available Resources and Facilities

While most universities are equipped with a well-stocked library, some may be more suited than others to your subject. A university library that specializes in the humanities, for example, will complement a creative writing degree well.

A university publishing press can also be a useful resource that provides work and publishing opportunities for creative writing students. University publications and magazines are good places to submit writing as well.

Professional Connections and Internships

Some universities incorporate internships into their creative writing degrees. The internships are work placements that will provide you with on-the-job skills and experience and can help you develop professional connections within the publishing industry.

1. University of East Anglia

The University of East Anglia (or UEA) was the first university in the UK to offer degree-level courses in creative writing, introducing an MA in creative writing in 1970, then following suit with the first creative writing PhD in 1987.

UEA’s courses combine creative writing with the study of literature or drama at an undergraduate level. Each of the university’s postgraduate courses focuses on a particular form of writing, such as fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction.

Based in Norwich, a UNESCO City of Literature , UEA is able to provide a variety of resources and opportunities for creative writing students, including:

●  The National Centre for Writing and the British Archive for Contemporary Writing

●  The UEA Publishing Project , which runs three publishing presses and publishes student writing in an annual anthology

●  The UEA Award , which helps employers recognize students’ achievements

●  A variety of writing fellowships

●  Year-round literary events and festivals for students and published authors, such as UEA Live and the Norwich Crime Fiction Festival

Notable UEA alumni include Nobel Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro and Booker Prize winner Anne Enright .

2. University of Leeds

The University of Leeds is one of the UK’s largest universities and belongs to the Russell Group . Leeds is a campus university, but it’s close to the center of the city.

Leeds offers an interdisciplinary BA in English Literature with Creative Writing , an MA in Creative Writing or Writing for Performance and Digital Media , and research degrees within the School of English or the School of Performance and Cultural Industries.

At the undergraduate level, Leeds offers a diverse range of creative writing modules (including science fiction, crime fiction, nature writing, and travel writing). Published writers and expert researchers teach all these modules.

The university has connections with a variety of creative writing projects, institutions, and festivals, including:

●  Ilkley Literature Festival

●  Leeds Playhouse

●  Leeds Grand Theatre

●  Leeds Poetry Centre

●  The School of Night , a fortnightly poetry seminar

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●  Brotherton Library, which features extensive archives and a collection of period printing presses

Leeds also has its own theater space, stage@leeds , and publishes the literary magazine Stand , both of which showcase students’ creative work. Notable Leeds alumni include playwright Wole Syonka and poet Geoffrey Hill . The university was also home to author J.R.R. Tolkien, who was a professor in the School of English and contributed poetry to the university’s newsletter.

3. University of Birmingham

Established in the West Midlands in 1900, the University of Birmingham is another campus-based Russell Group university.

Birmingham ranked first for creative writing in the Guardian University Guide 2023 . The university offers a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing or in Film and Creative Writing and an MA in Creative Writing.

The university’s creative writing modules and courses focus on exposing students to a broad range of writing styles and genres while offering workshops and professional skills training aimed at preparing students for the publishing industry.

The university also works closely with the local creative community to provide students with a range of opportunities, including:

●  The Cultural Intern Scheme

●  The Birmingham Project

●  Publishing opportunities with Nine Arches Press and Tindal Street Press

In addition, Birmingham runs the world-renowned Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, where students can experience unique writing workshops and a residential trip featuring seminars, theater visits, and other events.

For graduating students, the university currently boasts a 90% employment rate within 15 months. Birmingham is the UK’s fourth-most targeted university among the top employers of graduates.

4. University of Warwick

The University of Warwick is a slightly newer university, first offering courses in 1965. Based just outside the city of Coventry, the University of Warwick is a campus university. It is home to the Warwick Arts Centre , a purpose-built facility for cinema, theater, and the visual arts.

The Warwick Writing Program provides the creative writing courses at Warwick. Established in 1996, the project aims to inspire and develop writers internationally. Published authors, poets, and literary translators make up the staff.

Within the program, students can pursue a BA in English and Creative Writing or an MA in Writing . Students can pursue the MA as either a taught degree or a long project, with the aim of producing a long-form piece of writing.

The University of Warwick provides opportunities for students and graduates, such as:

●  The Warwick Prize for Women in Translation

●  The Sunday Times Young Writer Award

●  Workshops at the Warwick Arts Centre

●  Warwick Thursdays (weekly events hosted by publishing industry experts)

●  The option to study abroad for one year

Warwick’s alumni include novelist Sophie Mackintosh , as well as Gboyega Odubanjo and Michael Askew, winners of the Eric Gregory Award.

5. University of Reading

The University of Reading is a 100-year-old institution spread across multiple campuses. It ranks in the top 30 British universities.

Reading offers one of the most diverse and flexible ranges of undergraduate creative writing degrees in the UK. Prospective students can choose to pursue the following BAs:

●  English Literature with Creative Writing

●  Creative Writing and Film

●  Creative Writing and Theatre

●  Creative Writing and Film & Theatre

●  Art and Creative Writing

An MA in Creative Writing is also available and includes modules in the publishing industry and persuasive writing to help students find careers in publishing and journalism.

Reading is home to the Archive of British Publishing and Printing and provides access to collections of rare books and manuscripts that enable students to explore the creative process of famous authors, such as Thomas Hardy. Students also have the opportunity to publish their work in The Canvas , Reading’s online magazine.

6. University of Strathclyde

Based in the center of Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, the University of Strathclyde is a multi-award-winning university. And when it comes to creative writing, Strathclyde offers some unique areas of study for undergraduates , including Scottish literature and the Glasgow novel.

Strathclyde also offers postgraduate courses. As the university is Scottish, it offers a Master of Letters ( MLitt ) and a Master of Research ( M. Res .) in place of the more common MA in creative writing. MLitt creative writing students can choose to specialize in a research area and placement of their choice or take a module from other subjects within the School of Humanities.

The University of Strathclyde offers students numerous resources, opportunities, and connections across Glasgow. These include:

●  The Aye Right! Book Festival

●  Blaze , the university’s online creative writing classes

●  Creative Scotland

Strathclyde’s alumni include authors Ali Smith and Andrew O’Hagan . Among the current faculty members are screenwriter Andrew Meehan and poet David Kinloch .

To recap the main points of this post:

●  A creative writing degree will help you develop your writing skills, often in tandem with cultivating critical reading skills.

●  Creative writing degrees offer a variety of modules and allow you to specialize in a particular form or genre.

●  A creative writing degree can open many potential career paths.

●  The most important things to consider when choosing a university at which to study creative writing are location, staff, resources, and professional opportunities.

●  Six of the best universities for creative writing degrees in the UK are the University of East Anglia, the University of Leeds, the University of Birmingham, the University of Warwick, the University of Reading, and the University of Strathclyde.

●  Many of these universities offer lectures, workshops, and seminars delivered by published authors.

Whichever university you decide to attend, make sure it’s the right one for you. Look for modules you’re interested in, writing forms you’d like to explore, opportunities you want to make the most of, and a university atmosphere you’ll thrive in.

And if you’re looking for more options, take a look at the Complete University Guide’s 2023 rankings for creative writing .

What types of degrees can I receive in creative writing?

As an undergraduate, you can earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in creative writing. As a postgraduate, you can earn a Master of Arts (MA) degree or a Doctorate in Philosophy (PhD).

If you’re studying in Scotland, the types of degrees may differ slightly.

How do I know whether I have what it takes to pursue a degree in creative writing?

Before accepting you for a creative writing degree, most universities will require that you have certain A-level or equivalent grades. But academic achievements aren’t everything. If you’re looking to pursue a degree in creative writing, it’s helpful to have:

●  An avid interest in reading (and, of course, writing!)

●  A portfolio to demonstrate your writing

●  The ability to meet deadlines

Be prepared to work hard, but remember, the point of a creative writing degree is to help develop your writing skills and style. You don’t have to be a perfect, polished writer to be a creative writing student!

Can I pursue a creative writing degree online?

Yes, many universities now offer online versions of creative writing degrees. This means you will be able to earn the same qualification by studying online as you would if you studied in person.

However, be careful to choose a properly accredited online creative writing degree.

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100 Best universities for Creative Writing in the United Kingdom

Updated: July 18, 2023

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Below is a list of best universities in the United Kingdom ranked based on their research performance in Creative Writing. A graph of 146M citations received by 5.15M academic papers made by 115 universities in the United Kingdom was used to calculate publications' ratings, which then were adjusted for release dates and added to final scores.

We don't distinguish between undergraduate and graduate programs nor do we adjust for current majors offered. You can find information about granted degrees on a university page but always double-check with the university website.

Please note that our approach to subject rankings is based on scientific outputs and heavily biased on art-related topics towards institutions with computer science research profiles.

1. University of Oxford

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2. University of Cambridge

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3. King's College London

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4. University of Manchester

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5. University College London

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6. University of Exeter

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7. University of Edinburgh

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8. University of Leeds

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9. University of Nottingham

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10. University of Sheffield

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11. University of Birmingham

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12. Lancaster University

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13. University of Bristol

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14. University of York

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15. University of Warwick

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16. University of Glasgow

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17. Durham University

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18. Cardiff University

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19. University of Sussex

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20. London School of Economics and Political Science

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21. University of Southampton

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22. University of London

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23. Queen Mary University of London

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24. University of St Andrews

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25. Royal Holloway, University of London

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26. University of Liverpool

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27. Newcastle University

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28. University of Leicester

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29. Loughborough University

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30. University of Kent

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31. Goldsmiths, University of London

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32. University of Reading

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33. University of East Anglia

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34. Keele University

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35. Birkbeck, University of London

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36. Queen's University Belfast

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37. University of Strathclyde

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38. Manchester Metropolitan University

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39. University of Aberdeen

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40. Teesside University

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41. University of Bath

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42. University of Stirling

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43. Northumbria University

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44. Brunel University London

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45. University of Surrey

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46. Ulster University

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47. University of Portsmouth

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48. University of Hull

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49. Oxford Brookes University

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50. SOAS, University of London

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51. University of Essex

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52. Nottingham Trent University

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53. De Montfort University

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54. University of the West of England

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55. University of Salford

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56. Sheffield Hallam University

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57. University of Brighton

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58. University of East London

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59. University of Plymouth

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60. Bournemouth University

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61. Leeds Beckett University

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62. Swansea University

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63. City, University of London

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64. University of Hertfordshire

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65. University of Wales

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66. University of Huddersfield

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67. University of Dundee

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68. University of Roehampton

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69. Liverpool John Moores University

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70. Coventry University

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71. University of Central Lancashire

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72. Anglia Ruskin University

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73. Middlesex University

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74. Bangor University

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75. Imperial College London

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76. Canterbury Christ Church University

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77. University of Westminster

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78. Edge Hill University

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79. University of Lincoln

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80. London Metropolitan University

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81. University of Wolverhampton

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82. University of Winchester

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83. London South Bank University

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84. Aberystwyth University

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85. Aston University

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86. University of Derby

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87. Birmingham City University

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88. University of Greenwich

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89. Kingston University

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90. University of Bradford

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91. University of Chester

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92. University of South Wales

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93. University of Gloucestershire

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94. University of Bedfordshire

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95. Heriot-Watt University

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96. University of Northampton

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97. Edinburgh Napier University

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98. University of the West of Scotland

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99. University of Sunderland

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100. Staffordshire University

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The best cities to study Creative Writing in the United Kingdom based on the number of universities and their ranks are Oxford , Cambridge , London , and Manchester .

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The best UK universities for creative writing include the University of Leeds, Strathclyde, Warwick, Birmingham, and more. Each university has its strengths, values, and unique qualities to offer you. 

We know your struggles. It takes a lot of work and research to determine which university to apply to. Where do you even begin? How do you know if a renowned university offers Creative Writing courses? The anxiety plus lack of direction can stress any student. 

That’s why we ensure our Creative Writing summer school participants have access to 1:1 personalised consultations with expert writers. So they know what to do for their next steps in education. 

list of top ranked UK universities for creative writing

We’ve also gathered a list of some of the Top Creative Writing Universities in the UK. To give you a clear start for your journey. Read on! 

University of Leeds

The University of Leeds is one of the best universities in the UK. Do you know that the Complete University Guide 2023 ranks Leeds #16 in the UK? It’s also a member of the prestigious Russell group due to its high-quality research.

What’s Leeds’ core value? Collaboration. By working with others, it aims to address local and worldwide challenges, especially in the following:

  • Promoting social justice
  • Reducing inequality
  • And helping to execute the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

True to its spirit of collaboration, Leeds wants its students to experience a sense of belonging. So you can feel valued for a contribution that only you can bring with your unique talents and expertise.

What makes the University of Leeds one of the best universities for Creative Writing? The Complete University Guide 2023 ranks Leeds #1 in the UK for Creative Writing. 

In addition, Leeds’ English Literature with Creative Writing BA is #9 in the UK and #32 in the world.   

By taking the Creative Writing course at Leeds, you’ll experience producing creative writing works such as:

  • Life writing
  • Travel accounts

Themes you’ll encounter as you examine past and present literature include:

  • Climate change
  • Social class

Where do Leeds English Literature & Creative Writing graduates go? Discover Uni reports that 93% proceed to work or study further within 15 months after graduation. They find success in a variety of creative writing careers , such as:

  • Civil Service
  • Management Consultancy

Do you value collaboration? Are you looking for a university to help you achieve your career goals? Then check out the University of Leeds!

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

The University of Strathclyde at Glasgow is renowned for being “the place of useful learning.” True to its reputation, it was named the University of the Year twice by the Times Higher Education University Awards. 

In addition, the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 named Strathclyde the “ Scottish University of the Year .”

What core values serve as the foundation of Strathclyde’s excellent reputation?

  • People-oriented
  • Collaborative
  • Ambitious 

The University of Strathclyde is one of the best UK universities for Creative Writing. Do you know that the Complete University Guide 2023 ranks Strathclyde #2 in the UK for Creative Writing? Here are some of the undergraduate Creative Writing courses available:

  • English & Creative Writing (BA Hons)
  • English and Creative Writing & Journalism, Media and Communication (BA Hons)
  • English and Creative Writing & Psychology (BA Hons)
  • English and Creative Writing & History (BA Hons)
  • English and Creative Writing & Law (BA Hons)
  • English and Creative Writing & Social Policy (BA Hons)
  • English and Creative Writing & Human Resource Management (BA Hons)

Let’s take a closer look at English and Creative Writing & Journalism, Media, and Communication (BA Hons.) Discover Uni states that 95% of Strathclyde Creative Writing graduates proceed to work or study further within 15 months after graduation.

Common careers graduates go into include:

  • Creative Writing
  • Administration

What are some of the topics you may encounter during the course? 

  • Shakespeare
  • The Construction of Scotland
  • Detective Fiction
  • Writing War
  • Children’s Literature
  • Victorian Gothic
  • Contemporary Travel Writing

What are some of the skills you’ll gain through the course?

  • Proficiency with professional practices
  • Textual interpretation and analysis
  • Critical and constructive thinking and working skills
  • Responsibility
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Problem-solving
  • Collaboration

Are you eager to learn these skills by studying at one of the best universities in the UK? You may want to explore the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow!

University of Warwick

The University of Warwick is the #6 Most Targeted University by UK’s Top 100 Graduate Employers according to The Graduate Market in 2021, High Fliers Research Ltd. 

In addition, the UK government’s 2018 Longitudinal Education Outcomes ranked Warwick within the Top 10 UK schools. Why? Because its graduates have some of the highest earnings over 11 subjects 5 years after graduation. 

Warwick is also distinguished due to its impactful research. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 reports that 92% of its research is “world-leading.” 

Why is Warwick’s English Literature and Creative Writing BA degree among the best in the UK? Because Discover Uni reports that a whopping 100% of graduates proceed to work or study further within 15 months after graduation. 

Where do Warwick English Literature and Creative Writing BA graduates go after completing the course? They proceed to work in a variety of careers, including:

  • Journalists
  • Newspaper and periodical writers and editors
  • Translators
  • Creative directors
  • Researchers

Employers include:

  • The Poetry Society
  • Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Cambridge University Press
  • Penguin/Random House
  • The Forward Poetry Foundation
  • The Sunday Times
  • The Society of Authors
  • British Council
  • Royal Opera House

Are you searching for a Top UK university with excellent employability and high-salary opportunities? Definitely check out Warwick! We’ve also included it in our a-level requirements for creative writing list.

University of Birmingham

Do you know that the University of Birmingham is known as the original ‘redbrick’ university? Its effective leadership through the years continues to be its hallmark. Core values include:

  • Inspirational Thinking
  • Financial Stability
  • Strong Partnerships on Local, National, and International Levels

The University of Birmingham is one of the best universities in the UK. With the Complete University Guide 2023 ranking it #14 in the UK. 

In addition, Birmingham is a member of the esteemed Russell Group. Its research ranking is #12 in the UK for Research Power according to the Research Excellence Framework 2021.

Why is the University of Birmingham one of the Top UK universities for Creative Writing? Because The Guardian 2023 ranks it #1 in the UK for the subject. While the Complete University Guide 2023 ranks it #4 . 

What Creative Writing courses are available at Birmingham for undergraduates? There are two options you can choose from:

  • English Literature and Creative Writing BA
  • Film and Creative Writing BA

When you examine English Literature and Creative Writing BA, you’ll discover that the course aims to give you a foundation in all major genres of Creative Writing, including:

  • Drama 
  • Media Writing

Here’s the highlight: your expert tutors, who are practising and winning writers themselves, will support you in finding your voice.

Where do Birmingham English Literature and Creative Writing graduates go after completing the course? Discover Uni reports that 90% proceed to work or study further within 15 months after graduation. Career paths include:

  • Marketing Assistant
  • Sales and Events Coordinator
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Account Executive

Here are some of the employers who hired Birmingham English Literature and Creative Writing graduates:

  • Oxford University Press
  • Headline Publishing Group
  • Mirror Group Newspapers 

Do you want expert, practising writers to help you find your voice and support you in finding your career path? Try out Birmingham!

University of Chichester

Be original. Be you. That’s what the University of Chichester aims to help you achieve. For you to be inspired in who you are. 

Have you heard that Chichester is one of the best universities in the UK? The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 ranks it #7 in the UK for Teaching Quality. And the Complete University Guide 2023 declares it #10 in the UK for Student Satisfaction. 

Why study Creative Writing at the University of Chichester? Because the Guardian University Guide 2023 ranks it #2 for the subject. There are several Creative Writing courses available at Chichester for undergraduates, including:

  • BA (Hons) Creative Writing
  • BA (Hons) Creative Writing and English
  • BA (Hons) Creative Writing and History
  • BA (Hons) Creative Writing and Philosophy & Ethics
  • BA (Hons) Creative Writing and Theology
  • BA (Hons) Creative Writing and Screenwriting
  • BA (Hons) Screenwriting

Looking closer at BA (Hons) Creative Writing, here are some of the things you’ll learn:

  • Creating Characters
  • Writing Non-Fiction
  • Visual Storytelling (e.g. exploring Mangas)
  • Writing Poetry
  • Fiction for Children
  • Screenwriting
  • Contemporary Short Fiction
  • Digital Writing

Such is the brilliance of Chichester’s Creative Writing course that many of its graduates become published writers and gain notable prizes, such as the Bridport Prize. 

Others have had stories and poems featured in prominent magazines such as Staple and The Paris Review. The novel of one former student, Bethan Roberts, entitled “My Policeman”, is set for adaptation on the silver screen.

What other career paths do Chichester Creative Writing graduates take?

  • Copywriting

Looking to earn great success in your future writing career? You may want to check out the University of Chichester!

University of Central Lancashire

Looking to achieve your potential? That’s what the University of Central Lancashire aspires to help you with. As its motto states, “from the earth to the sun.”

True enough, the ​Higher Education Statistics Agency 2018 states that 95.5% of its graduates are employed or enrolled within 6 months after completing their course. 

What’s more, the 2020 Student Welfare League Table ranks Central Lancashire #1 for the amount of money invested in student well-being services.

Why is the University of Central Lancashire one of the best universities for Creative Writing? Because The Guardian 2023 ranks it #3 for Creative Writing in the UK. 

Also, Central Lancashire regularly invites literary agents, publishers, professional writers, and editors to help students gain valuable insights regarding their future careers. 

Where do Central Lancashire Creative Writing students go after completing their course? Discover Uni reports that 80% of Central Lancashire Creative Writing students proceed to employment or further education within 15 months after graduation. 

Recent career paths include:

  • Travel and Tourism
  • Advertising
  • Public Service

The University of Central Lancashire is terrific in helping you find a teaching position. Why? Because they have strong links with schools in the region. So if you’re aiming to be a great writer or you want to become a teacher, consider Central Lancashire!

Sheffield Hallam University

For Sheffield Hallam University, it’s all about knowledge applied. Aside from its immense diversity, Sheffield Hallam is dedicated to providing opportunity. Do you know that 53% of its students are the first to attend university in their family? 

Sheffield Hallam is among the best universities in the UK. The UK Social Mobility Awards named it the “ University of the Year ” because of its impressive work in advancing social mobility by improving access to higher education. 

Plus, the most recent QS Stars gave Sheffield a five-star rating overall. And a Top Mark for 7 out of 8 categories, including:

  • Graduate Employability
  • Inclusiveness
  • Hospitality and Leisure Management

Why is Sheffield Hallam University one of the best for Creative Writing? The Guardian 2023 ranks Sheffield Hallam #4 for Creative Writing in the UK. And Discover Uni reports that 91% of students were satisfied with the quality of the course. 

The full-time Creative Writing course at Sheffield Hallam aims to help you tell engaging stories in various forms and genres. You’ll learn and gain confidence through a variety of methods, including:

  • Writing workshops 
  • Trips and Retreats
  • Lectures, seminars, and personal tutorials
  • Collaborating with different audiences and organisations
  • Live performances and readings
  • Coming up with and pitching ideas
  • Masterclasses from expert guest writers

Where do Sheffield Hallam graduates go after completing the course? They go on to have successful careers in the following industries, such as:

  • Creative Industries (e.g. media, theatre)
  • Arts Organisations
  • Charity Sector
  • Social Work 
  • Government (local and regional)

Are you eager to learn how to tell immersive stories through engaging methods such as workshops, retreats, and masterclasses? Then, go for Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam.

Edge Hill University

Edge Hill University believes knowledge creates life-changing opportunities. That’s why it has been providing access to impactful knowledge since 1885!

Do you know that Edge Hill is a renowned university in the UK? The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 recently awarded it the “Modern University of the Year” title. 

What’s more, the Graduate Outcomes 2019/2020 reports that 95.4% of its students are employed or enrolled in further study within 15 months after graduation. Edge Hill is also Top 2 in the UK for University Facilities, according to the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2022. 

Why is Edge Hill University one of the Top Creative Writing schools in the UK? The Guardian 2023 ranks Edge Hill #5 in the UK for Creative Writing. And its Creative Writing students have a £17 million state-of-the-art building to thrive and learn in, with features such as:

  • IT Facilities
  • Seminar Rooms
  • Lecture Theatre
  • Tutorial Spaces

Edge Hill offers two main Creative Writing courses:

  • Creative Writing BA (Hons)
  • Creative Writing and English Literature BA (Hons)

Let’s take a closer look at Creative Writing BA (Hons). The Creative Writing course at Edge Hill is a practice-led course where you’ll encounter modules such as:

  • Scriptwriting
  • Games Writing

And by working together with creative organisations such as the Crooked Dice Game Design Studio or the Edge Hill University Press, you’ll find your niche soon enough!

Newcastle University

Newcastle University is ranked #122 in the world, according to the QS World University Rankings 2023. The same league table awarded it the 5-star overall rating for Teaching Excellence. 

With such excellent teaching, it’s no wonder that 95% of its UK/EU graduates were employed or enrolled in further study within 6 months after graduation in 2016. In addition, Newcastle graduates benefit from careers support up to three years after graduation. 

What does Newcastle aspire to be? It aims to be people-focused. Harnessing the power of innovation, academic excellence, and creativity to benefit individuals and organisations. 

Why is Newcastle University one of the UK’s best universities for Creative Writing? The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023 ranks Newcastle #2 in the UK for Creative Writing. And the Complete University Guide 2023 ranks it #5 in the same category.

Also, Discover Uni reports that 100% of Newcastle English Literature with Creative Writing students were employed or enrolled in further study within 15 months after graduation. What are some of the employability skills you’ll learn by studying the course?

  • Making marketing briefs
  • Writing website copy
  • Creating captivating fiction
  • Coming up with persuasive arguments
  • Managing projects
  • Analysing complex sources and datasets
  • Working independently

Newcastle English Literature with Creative Writing students can take a work placement to develop their professional expertise. Past placements include:

  • Journalism and Broadcasting
  • Digital Media and Marketing
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Museum and Heritage

Are you looking to maximise your employability at one of the UK’s best Creative Writing universities? Check out Newcastle University!

Royal Holloway, University of London

Royal Holloway aims to nurture a community that inspires individuals to succeed. It’s one of the best universities in the UK, given that the Complete University Guide 2023 ranks it #33 . 

What’s Royal Holloway most known for? It’s best known as a research-intensive academic institution. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 ranks it within the Top 25% of UK Research.

What makes Royal Holloway one of the Top UK Universities for Creative Writing? The Complete University Guide 2023 declares it #6 in the UK for Creative Writing. The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 declares Royal Holloway #1 in the UK for Creative Writing. 

There are 3 undergraduate Creative Writing degrees you can choose from:

  • English and Creative Writing (BA)
  • American Literature and Creative Writing (BA)
  • Drama and Creative Writing (BA)

Let’s take a closer look at English and Creative Writing (BA.) By taking both subjects together, you’ll learn to become a critical reader and a confident writer. 

What major skills will you develop by taking the English and Creative Writing course at Royal Holloway?

  • Writing using your unique voice
  • Literary criticism
  • Writing techniques
  • Create and refine artistic work
  • Presentation
  • Communication
  • Negotiation

Do you want to become a critical reader and a confident writer at one of the best Creative Writing schools in the UK? Check out the Royal Holloway, University of London!

Best UK University For Creative Writing? You now have a solid idea of where you can study to give you the best foundation for your Creative Writing-related career goals. Which ones from the list are your Top 3?

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A Creative Writing Courses in UK lets you flex your storytelling capabilities and study in-depth the work of literary legends. Creative Writing  Course also includes Scriptwriting and Poetry Writing.

In a Creative Writing Courses in UK, you will study the art of making things up in the most attractive, appropriate, and convincing way possible. Alternatively, this is also known as writing, which comes from your imagination. In other words, you have to create something from nothing. Characters, creatures, organisms, entire living breathing worlds.

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  what’s creative writing:-.

Creative Writing is writing that expresses ideas and thoughts in an imaginative way. It is the art of creating a Creative Splash on writing from fiction to non-fiction and poetry to scriptwriting, encompassing a number of different styles to help you flourish as a writer.

Why join a  Creative Writing Course :-

Understanding what makes a story click and how to get people to engage with it, is a valuable skill. It helps make people see the world your way, with compelling, brilliant, and soulful stories, arguments, and differences. You can harness the power of language and develop your own distinctive voice as a writer. You will also be able to transform your passion for reading into the ability to produce prose worthy of public recognition.

Are Creative Writing Courses in UK  necessary:-

You’ll have heard many people say that they are a waste of time. Others, of course, strongly disagree with this, suggesting instead that they provide an important space for budding writers to share their craft. Creative Writing Courses in UK is an art that needs to be practiced and worked at, with unstoppable persistence. Writing is not just about feeling inspired and putting a pen on paper.

Like learning a musical instrument, writing requires skill and practice. This is not something that you can just pick up like that. Whilst you can be self-taught as a writer as much as you can as a musician, there is no harm in putting in those extra hours– with professional support and writing exercises – to produce the best lines and narratives you can. It is all about practice, practice, and more practice.

Of course, it goes without saying then, that a creative writing course, even if is online is the best place to start.

What Jobs can you get as a Creative Writing Graduate:-

The following is a list of possible career paths:-

  • Press Officer
  • Travel Writer
  • English Teacher
  • Brand Consultant
  • Social Worker

Here, we are going to show you some of the best places to study creative writing courses in U.K.

TOP 10 Creative Writing Courses in UK

1. henry harvin.

Established: 2013

Henry Harvin is an education establishment that provides both online and offline certification courses around the world. Henry Harvin conducts the best learning experiences for the Creative Writing Courses in UK they conduct. More than 200 courses are available in more than 97 countries right now. They have the best course module devised perfectly for each course’s requirement and the trainers are highly experienced professionals. It makes Henry Harvin a great choice for doing the Creative Writing Courses in UK.

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Website: https://www.henryharvin.com/creative-writing-course

Phone: 9891953953

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 2. Lancaster University:-

Established:- 1964

Lancaster is ranked highly in all major U.K. league tables and is in the top 1% of ac academic institutions worldwide. It has an excellent reputation for research, teaching and student satisfaction. Students from more than 100 countries choose to study at Lancaster.

Contact Reference:-

Website:- www. lancs.ac. uk.

Email:- ugadmissions@lancaster,ac.uk .


3. University Of Birmingham:-

Established:- 1900.

With almost 5,000 international students from more than 100 countries and 35% of its academic staff from overseas, the University of Birmingham is a truly diverse and global place that attracts the brightest and best Creative Writing Courses in UK for international students and staff.

Website:- www. bham.ac.uk

Email:- international@bham,ac.uk

Phone:- +44(0)1214142894

4. University of Warwick:-

Established:-  1965.

It was founded as part of a Government initiative to expand access to higher education.  Through partnerships, it shares Creative Writing Courses in UK resources and knowledge with academic communities throughout the world. One-third of its students are from overseas and it is the University of choice for over 45 international governments and sponsor bodies.

Website:- www.warwick.ac.uk .

Email:- [email protected] .

Phone:- +44(o)2476523723.

5. Queen Mary, University of London:-

Established:   1915.

Another most popular Creative Writing Courses in UK is Queen Mary, University of London is a public research university located in London, U.K. It has a strategic partnership with the University of  Warwick, including research collaboration and joint teaching of English history and computer science undergraduates. Queen Mary also collaborates with Royal Holloway, the University of London to run programs at the University of London Institute. There are 5 Nobel Laureates amongst Queen Mary’s alumni and current and former staff.

Website:- www.qmw.ac.uk

Phone:- +44(0)20 78826530.

6. Bangor University:- 

Established:- 1884.

Bangor University is a Welsh university based in the city of Bangor in the county of Gwynedd in North Wales. According to Sunday Times University Guide, it is rated top in Wales for teaching excellence and places in the top 15 Creative Writing Courses in UK. universities in this category.

Website:- www.bangor.ac.uk .

Email:- [email protected]

Phone:- +44(0)1248388633.

7. Queen’s University, Belfast:-

Established:- 1849.

Queen’s University, Belfast is a public research university in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The University offers academic degrees at various levels and across a broad subject range with over 300-degree programs available.

Website:- www.quts.ac.uk.

Phone:- +44 28 9097 5088.

8. University of Nottingham:-

Established:-  1948

The University of Nottingham is a public research university based in Nottingham, England. Nottingham is into 5 organized constitutional faculties within which there are more than 50 departments, institutes, and research centers. Nottingham has around 34,000 students and 9000 staff.

Contact Reference :-

Website:- www. Nottingham.ac.uk.

Phone: +44(0)115 951 5247

9. University of Surrey:-

Established:- 1966.

The University of Surrey is a Creative Writing Courses in UK has a beautiful campus, situated close to London and specializes in hospitality and tourism courses with a great collection of science and educational programs. It has a long history of welcoming international students from all around the world. The University currently has nearly 145 different nationalities represented and its among the top 10 Creative Writing Courses in UK for student satisfaction.

Website:- www.surrey.ac.uk .

Email:- admission @surrey.ac.uk.

Phone:- +44(0)1483 682222

10. Brunel University, London.

Established:- 1966

Creative Writing Courses in UK is a Brunel University is a Public Research University, located in Uxbridge, London., U.K. It is organized into 8 constitutional academic schools and around 10 research institutes. Brunel has around 15,200 full time students and 2,500 staff. In June 1966, Brunel College of Advanced Technology was awarded a Royal Charter and became Brunel University.

Website:- www.brunel.ac.uk .

Email:- http//www.brunel.ac.uk/courses/admissions/contract

Phone:- +44(0)1895265519.

11. University of East Anglia, UEA:-

Established :-  1963

The University of East Anglia (UEA) is considered as one of the best Universities in the U.K. for student satisfaction. Creative Writing Courses in UK offers excellent academic, social, and cultural facilities which it offers to over 15,000 students from over 100 different countries, who enjoy studying over 300 courses at UEA.  The University has strong links with local media organizations such as the BBC and has Internship, Careers and Employability teams to help students find practical opportunities.

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Website:- www.uea.ac.uk .

Phone:- +44 -1603 593280

12. Lead Academy:

It is a hub for learning that offers many courses that offer creative writing course online. The CPD UK accredits this creative writing course offered by the lead academy. The course fee is 25 euros without any hidden fees and is accessible for a lifetime. Anyone can learn this course as there are no academic requirements to study this course. Furthermore, 24×7 support is available and the course can be studied online with high-quality study materials that will be also available online. After completing the course, one has to take the online assessment that consists of multiple choice questions and the certification will be awarded.

13. Faber academy:

This academy situated in the UK offers many courses both online and offline and it includes a creative writing course. It offers many categories of courses under creative writing. The tutors and mentors from this institute are celebrated authors and writers and whatever course one chooses, they will get full support. From one-day workshop to reviewing manuscripts this academy offers everything. 

14. Curtis Brown Creative:

This is a school specially dedicated to writing and they offer many courses in relation to writing as well as creative writing in the UK. It was started in 2011 to help talented writers and it helps learners to write their novels and to develop their full potential. With their sister agency, they help in book publishing too. Anna Davis, the author of 5 novels is the founder and director of the academy. They offer a Creative writing course which is best for beginners. This course contains video lessons, weekly writing sessions, resources, notes, professional feedback from writers, student forums, etc. 

  • Course duration: 4 weeks
  • Mode: Online
  • Fees: 125 Euros

15. The Writer’s Bureau:

This academy dedicated to writers has been in the field since 1989 offering a number of creative writing courses in the UK. They offer many courses to students regardless of their age and educational background from children to adults. It offers a writing apprenticeship program to guide the writers. Some of the best creative writing programs that this institute offers are given below.

  • An introduction to creative writing – This is a free course for beginners to help them in the journey of creative writing.
  • Fiction writing course – This course comes with a 15-day free trial and includes all forms of fiction writing.
  • Biographies, Memoirs, and Family Histories writing course 
  • Comprehensive creative writing course 

16. Oxford Royale Academy:

This academy situated in the UK offers many courses in various branches from arts to engineering. Under arts, the institute offers a variety of creative writing courses in the UK. These creative writing courses are varied for ages 13 to 15, ages 16 to 18, and for ages 19+. The creative writing course for more than 19 years of age is 5995 euros and the duration is 2 weeks. This course is offered by the University of Oxford. The creative writing course is designed in a way that enhances the confidence and creativity of the learners through exposure to many novels. Apart from the course, the institute offers many cultural programs, tours, etc.


In these fast-paced times, it is essential for one to keep up with the furtherance in any given field. Creative Writing Courses in UK is one of the fields that has been in existence for a long time, and has seen its part of change throughout the years. It is one of the common skills found throughout. Any skills need an update, to be more refined and have more technique than before. 

Hence, Creative Writing Courses in UK are essential to keep oneself equipped with the ongoing trends for it will come in handy and the above mentioned institutions are the best in providing it for the Creative Writing Courses in UK.    

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There is a whole universe of creative writing outside of corporate writing and hard journalism. Whether you’re a first-time writer, a non-fiction writer wishing to branch out or a casual creative writer hoping to become a published author, refining your creative writing talents is essential to your success. Great skills in creative writing can ensure great success in your writing career , especially in countries like the UK, where the demand for creative writers is rapidly growing. In this blog, we will discuss some of the best creative writing courses in the UK so keep reading!

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  • Universities in the United Kingdom are amongst the best in the world. British universities, which are routinely featured in worldwide rankings, conduct some of the world’s most highly respected research. 
  • You will be able to flourish in a very multicultural environment while studying and living in the UK , with great potential of pursuing rewarding professions following graduation.
  • The education system in UK universities is all about inclusion, class discussions and creative activities, teaching in the United Kingdom is aimed to stimulate fresh idea production, individual investigation, and group interaction. 
  • Studying creative writing courses in the UK is a great choice as the country is home to some of the best literary works and classical writers like the Bronte sisters, Jane Austen, Geroge Orwell, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare!   

Before we get into the best universities and creative writing courses in the UK, you must understand what is creative writing? Creative writing is a type of writing in which imagination, creativity, and originality are used to tell a story through strong written pictures with an emotional impact, such as in poetry, short story writing, novel writing, and other forms of writing. Different types of writing often leave the reader with facts and information rather than emotional curiosity; however creative writing employs senses and emotions to build a vivid vision in the reader’s mind.

Elements of Creative Writing

To improve your creative writing skills and explore new creative writing topics , you must first comprehend the elements that make a novel outstanding. Here are the components that make up creative writing and why they’re all equally crucial.

To write creatively, you’ll need characters. So, while choosing the second person point of view can be a unique way to write a book, you must first develop the character to deliver the story. Character development is the process of discovering who a character is and how they change throughout the course of a novel. Your readers should be able to fully comprehend your major characters and their trajectories.

The fact that creative writing usually includes a storyline of some sort – and a unique one – is what sets it apart from other genres of writing. Remakes are considered creative writing as well, though most creative writers develop their own plots based on their own unique ideas. There is no story if there isn’t a plot. And if you don’t have a story, you’re just writing facts on paper.

You don’t typically read paragraphs of details describing the surrounding locations of where the events took place in a newspaper. Visual descriptions are often designated for use in creative writing. You’ll need them to assist the reader grasp what the characters’ surroundings are like and form attachments.

Almost every narrative contains an underlying theme or message, even if the author didn’t intend for it to be there. However, in order for creative writing to be complete, it must have a subject or meaning. That’s one of the things that makes this type of work so appealing. You can also teach lessons by telling a narrative.

The way you choose to craft the vision in your imagination is part of what makes creative writing well so creative. To construct a vivid image in the reader’s mind, creative writing uses myths, tales, metaphors, similes, figures of speech, and other parallels.

While some of the colleges might have different requirements for admission in the UK , most of the colleges ask for the following requirement(s).

  • The International Baccalaureate typically requires a minimum of 37 points.
  • A-level requirements are typical as follows: English Literature, or English Language and Literature, is included in the AAA.
  • Typical IELTS requirements: 7.0 overall, with a minimum writing score of 7.0 and reading, speaking and listening score of no less than 6.5.
  • Admission to a university Post-graduation requirements: A second-class student. Bachelor’s degree with honours.

Best Universities for Creative Writing Courses in UK

Below we have listed some of the best Universities and their creative writing courses in UK:

The University of Oxford is also on the list when discussing some of the best creative writing courses in UK. Here, the course focuses on cross-cultural and cross-genre issues, highlighting the requirements and challenges of today’s writer who creates work in the context of worldwide writers and the critical community. Over the course of two years, the MSt offers a clustered learning structure consisting of five residences, two guided retreats, and one research placement.

Course Name:  MSt in Creative Writing Fees: £11,466 (Approx. INR 10 Lacs)

The University of Cambridge offers a Master of Studies (MSt) in Creative Writing is for those who want to improve their creative writing talents in both fiction and non-fiction pieces of literature. The MSt is taught in short, intensive study blocks over the course of two years. It was created with full-time and part-time employees, as well as overseas students, in mind.

Course Name: Master of Studies in Creative Writing Fees: £13,098 (Approx. INR 11.5 Lacs)

The University of St. Andrews comes first when we discuss some of the best creative writing courses in UK. In either poetry or prose, the MLitt in Creative Writing produces original work while giving analytical and creative study. The MLitt program focuses on the development of individual style and the pursuit of literary greatness through practice-based, technically, and creatively driven instruction from outstanding contemporary authors.

Course Name : Postgraduate, leading to a Master of Letters (MLitt) Fees : £20,370 (Approx. INR 18 Lacs)

This course offered by University College London will introduce students to some of the most fascinating and challenging works produced in English by writers from all over the world between 1900 and today, as well as key artistic achievements in film, music, and popular culture. It gives context to these works by relating them to historical, social, philosophical, and technological developments of the time.

Course Name : MA English Fees: £25,800 (Approx. INR 22 Lacs)

Durham University ‘s MA in Creative Writing is an interesting new program. This is a challenging academic program that will help you gain practical experience composing poetry and prose fiction. In order to develop their own ideas, you will receive structured support through writing workshops and one-on-one lessons.

Course Name: MA in Creative Writing Fees: £20,750 (Approx. INR 18 Lacs)

The University of Birmingham offers an intensive course in creative writing with focus workshop time and opportunities to provide and receive feedback from your peers. The program will allow you to develop your own work, voice, and ideas. Professional skills training will also be provided to prepare you for your interactions with the writing industry, including insights from industry professionals such as editors and publishers.

Course Name:  MA in Creative Writing Fees: £20,160 (Approx. INR 18 Lacs)

This BA in Creative Writing at Brunel University is designed to encourage high levels of creativity, initiative, and originality in the conception, production, interpretation, and analysis of creative writing, as well as the opportunity to work on multidisciplinary projects. Some of the most accomplished and innovative writers working today will teach students the key genres of creative writing.

Course Name:  BA (Creative Writing) Fees: £16, 335 (Approx. INR 14.5 Lacs)

The University of Kent is also a great option. The school’s most practice-based research is concentrated on the Centre for Creative Writing. Staff put on a thriving series of events and conduct a research session for postgraduate students and staff to discuss fiction writing. Established authors are invited to read and discuss their work on a regular basis.

Course Name:  MA (Creative Writing) Fees: £16, 800 (Approx. INR 15 Lacs)

The University of Warwick is the last on our list of universities offering creative writing courses in UK. This degree’s main goal is to help you become a better reader and writer, but it’s also useful if you want to work as an author – or in the creative sectors, such as media, advertising, publishing, or teaching. Major literary agents take an active interest in Warwick and make presentations there every year.

Course Name: MA (Writing) Fees: £11, 170 (Approx. INR 10 Lacs)

The determination, hard effort, and perseverance of creative writers determine their success. Professionalism, high-quality literary work, and continual progress in your writing talents can all help you get to the top in your sector. Career options include:

Applications to universities in the UK for creative writing courses are submitted via the UCAS portal. Here’s the step-wise application process:

  • Visit the UCAS portal
  • Check the course curriculum and the eligibility requirements
  • Click on the application form of the respective university
  • First, you need to create an account using your mobile number or email address
  • You will receive an email or SMS on your registered contact number with login details and verification
  • Use the login details provided and enter your personal details ( name, gender, date of birth)
  • Enter your academic qualification and upload the required documents
  • Select the course and pay the application fee
  • The application fee is different for every university and can be paid through a debit/credit card or internet banking
  • Submit your application form, you can also track your application form through your account
  • Students that have been selected will be required to attend a virtual interview by some universities
  • Official academic transcripts
  • Scanned copy of passport
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • English language proficiency test scores
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Two Reference Letters

The University of Oxford, Brunel University, London are some of the best universities for creative writing courses in the UK.

Oxford University offers a Master of Studies in Creative Writing which is a two-year course.

You can study journalism, English literature or communications. Check out our blog on How to Become a Writer?

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Students from the Department of English Literature & Creative Writing present two nights of new writing in these lively script-in-hand scratch performances. Professional actors perform duologues written by second year Lancaster university students and take part in the showcase led by a professional director.

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