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Full time & Part time September MA 1 year full time, 2 years part time

About the course

This course allows you to develop your work as a writer to a professional level, going beyond the personal to write with an engaged sense of literary culture, its social role and contemporary practices. The MA is designed for students with an established writing practice who are intending to develop their creative writing beyond first-degree level. It is also designed for those students wishing to proceed to MPhil or PhD. This MA is taught in Bedford Square in Central London, in the heart of literary Bloomsbury, putting you within walking distance of publishing houses, bookshops, major UK libraries and all of the other cultural attractions of Central London.

You will take one of four distinct pathways:

  • Fiction
  • Literary Non-Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Poetic Practice

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Entry Requirements

UK Upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1); or equivalent in single or combined honours English. Applicants with degrees in other subjects or with relevant publications are also encouraged to apply. Past students have come from a range of first-degree backgrounds. You will be required to submit an example of your writing in the genre(s) for which you would like to be considered and 1,000 words of critical writing that demonstrates your literary critical skills.

Course Content

Where is Royal Holloway, University of London


Student Profile(s)

Alice Morgan

"Studying at Royal Holloway allowed me to experiment with my writing in a way I've never been able to before. I was encouraged to explore different styles, genres and themes and this enriched my writing immensely. Learning from experienced writers was one of the best things about my course. Not only were they able to help me with my writing but they were also able to advise on the publishing industry too. I made lifelong friends and I wish I could do it all again!"


Professor Barbara Raw Masters Scholarship for English

Bradley de Glehn English Scholarship

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