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What will I learn?

Why choose this course?

The first Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing in the UK, this course offers talented and aspiring writers the chance to refine their skills under the tutelage of acclaimed professionals while receiving accredited training and experience in teaching in higher education. You'll develop a unique combination of creative and practical skills on this course, which will prepare you simultaneously for a career as a published writer and an accredited teacher of creative writing.

What you will study

You'll attend writing workshops; examine literary genre and texts; take a module designed to prepare you for the world of publishing; and write a 15,000-word dissertation on a topic of your choice in the first year of the course. In the second year you progress to smaller group writing workshops; and take a suite of modules culminating in the University's postgraduate teaching certificate. The extensive one-to-one supervision for the dissertation leading to the MFA (no less than 40,000 words) will be provided by one of the course's permanent staff, one of our distinguished professors.

Teaching and assessment

Book-length creative dissertation; critical reading log of approximately 4,500 words. Assessment typically comprises exams (eg test or exam), practical (eg presentations, performance) and coursework (eg essays, reports, self-assessment, portfolios, dissertation).

After you graduate

Graduates from this Creative Writing course will be qualified to teach upon completion, and will gain classroom experience through teaching the first year undergraduate programme. You'll also write a book-length dissertation which may lead on to publication. You'll also develop a range of skills desirable to employers, such as communication skills, self-management, meticulousness in editing and presentation, the ability to reflect on one's own work and to respond to constructive criticism, the ability to write for particular purposes and the ability to work constructively with others. In addition to a possible career as a translator and a writer, particular careers may include work in publishing, journalism, advertising and marketing, film, television, radio, arts management, new media, business, teaching and therapeutic fields.

Which department am I in?

Kingston University

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
£15,400.00 (15,86,921) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

27 September 2021

Venue

Penrhyn Road Campus

Penrhyn Road,

Kingston upon Thames,

London,

KT1 2EE, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must need 3.0 grade point average, with the following exception for the Faculty of Science Engineering and Computing, a bachelors degree with a good grade point average in relevant subjects. For certain courses work experience will also be required. For MBA students need to have Bachelors degree with a 3.0 grade point average with two years' work experience. IELTS score 6.5 overall and 5.5 in all elements, TOEFL Score 88.

For international students

Students need to have: a good first degree; a sample of creative writing (5,000 words); a personal statement (1,000 words); and references. Occasionally, a first degree is not required if the standard of submitted writing is high enough. Overseas students will be required to demonstrate IELTS of 6.5 overall with 7.0 in writing and at least 5.5 in all other elements. TOEFL IBT with overall score of 88 with individual skills of R=22, L=21, S=23, W=22.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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