The BA Creative Writing is a unique and exciting programme of study that gives you the opportunity to explore a range of disciplines, from prose fiction to poetry, scriptwriting to creative non-fiction.
Under the tutelage of practising published writers, you will not only build an understanding of the craft of writing and hone your authorial technique, you will also learn the vital instinct for 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.
The degree 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.
This programme is also available for full-time evening study over 3 years.
How to apply
Application deadlines and interviews
We recommend you apply as early as possible.
Some applicants may be invited to interview and interviews usually take place April-June and again in September.
Creative Writing (BA): 4-year, part-time (Part-time)
You must complete modules worth a total of 360 credits at Levels 4, 5 and 6. Typically, this takes the form of 90 credits per year. In addition to core and compulsory modules, you also choose option modules and complete an extended piece of writing.
In Year 1, you take 5 core modules.
In Year 2, you take 3 core modules and choose 1 option module.
In Year 3, you take 3 compulsory modules, including a School of Arts Elective, and choose 1 option module.
In Year 4, you take 3 core modules: the publishing project, an independent reading portfolio and an extended writing project. You also choose 1 option module.
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, whatever their academic background, must submit a sample of 1000 words of creative writing (fiction, poetry, drama, or screenwriting).
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.
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
Careers and employability
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.
You will taught by successful, published authors and practitioners, including:
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 programme in your final year.
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