Do you feel you have a story in you but you don't know how to get it out? Do you play out dramas in your head? Are you a secret YouTube filmmaker or part-time rapper, or do you just love making up stories for your kids? If you are fascinated by the craft of writing, you can study a range of genres, including fiction, poetry, drama, creative non-fiction and screenwriting, receiving tuition and guidance from practising published writers. You will develop a portfolio of creative work and interact with industry professionals to broaden your understanding of the fields of publishing, performance and broadcasting.
To find out more, read our programme handbook.
You will taught by successful, published authors and practitioners, including:
How to apply
Application deadlines and interviews
We recommend you apply as early as possible.
Interviews normally take place April to June and September.
Creative Writing (BA): 4-year, part-time (Part-time)
You must complete modules worth a total of 360 credits. Typically, this will take the form of 90 credits per year.
In addition to compulsory modules, you also take an optional half-module in each year in Years 1-3.
In Year 1, you take 4 compulsory modules (90 credits at Level 4).
In Year 2, you take 3 compulsory modules and 1 option module (30 credits at Level 5).
In Year 3, you take 2 compulsory modules, 1 elective module (30 credits at Level 5) from the School of Arts, and 1 Creative Writing option module (30 credits at Level 6).
In Year 4, you take 3 compulsory modules, including an extended writing project, an independent reading portfolio and the publishing project, plus 1 option module (30 credits at Level 6) from Creative Writing or School of Arts provision (not previously taken), with permission from the appropriate Programme Director.
To find out more, read our programme handbook.
Year 1 core modules
Year 2 core modules
Year 2 option modules
Year 3 compulsory modules
Year 3 option modules
Year 4 core modules
Year 4 option modules
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 must supply a short creative writing sample (no more than 1000 words). Subject to this being deemed of a sufficient standard, you will be called to interview to show evidence of your writing experience and commitment to the duration and intensity of study.
Alternative entry routes
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.
Students who have completed the Certificate of Higher Education in Creative Writing (120 credit points), achieving an average mark of 60% or higher, will be exempted from the first year of the BA Creative Writing, subject to acceptance. Those who have not achieved this standard will still be considered for entry into the first year.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests.
If you don’t meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.
Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.
Part-time home/EU students: £
paPart-time overseas students: £
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Funding and Financial Support
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Teaching and assessment
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.
Assessment is 100% coursework. It includes short creative projects, essays, presentations, a writer’s notebook, web publishing and an extended creative work in a specific genre. A creative dissertation is also a compulsory requirement of the programme in the final year.
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