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Creative Writing MFA

Course Description

Choose Kingston's Creative Writing MFA

Kingston University is proud to offer 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.

The unique combination of creative and practical skills provided on this course will prepare you simultaneously for a career as a publishing writer and an accredited teacher of creative writing.

Admissions to the MFA will based upon the quality of a writing sample as well as an assessment of your publishing potential.

What you will study?

The first year of the course involves writing workshops; modules examining literary genre and texts; the opportunity to take a module designed to prepare you for the world of publishing; and a 15,000-word dissertation, leading to the award of a masters degree. In the second year you progress to even smaller group writing workshops; modules to improve your skills of reading and textual analysis; and the chance to 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 the equivalent of 40,000 words) will be provided by one of the course's permanent staff, one of our writers in residence or an editor from a leading UK publishing company. There may also be opportunities to earn a PGCE teaching certificate and to gain experience assisting with the Kingston University Press.


Book-length creative dissertation; critical reading log of approximately 4,500 words. You also take a series of unaccredited modules for which you will produce creative work, reading and teaching logs, critical commentary on selected texts and short essays.

Core modules

Advanced Critical Reading
Advanced Writers' Workshop
Creative Dissertation
MFA Dissertation
Reading, Genre and Impact
Special Study: Workshops in Popular Genre Writing
Structure and Style
Teaching and Writing Workshop
Ten Critical Challenges for Creative Writers
Writers' Workshop

All modules are core.

What this course offers you

If you choose to study this course, here are some of the things you can expect from the course and how it will benefit you.

The Creative Writing MFA (Master of Fine Arts) is designed for serious writers who would like to build upon their publishing record or become a published writer.

The course uses a practical approach to develop your writing skills. It is ideal if your writing is already of a good standard but you want to progress towards producing potentially publishable material.

You also have the chance to learn more about professional elements of writing, such as working with agents/publishers and presenting proposals.

You can enrol on the MFA at the beginning of your postgraduate time at Kingston or after completing an MA in Creative Writing (or related subject).

The option modules and dissertation give you the chance to further specialise and pursue an area of interest in depth.

You work in workshops, studying one-on-one or in small groups with experts in your chosen area. The course is taught by a combination of:
appointed staff - many are published authors or active researchers, which keeps your learning dynamic. Current staff include author Vesna Goldsworthy and playwright Winsome Pinnock;
visiting professors - such as Peter Kemp, author and literary editor of the Sunday Times, and Richard Cohen, editor;
writers in residence - currently Hanif Kureshi, Paul Bailey, Maggie Gee and Liz Jenson;
guest speakers with expertise in publishing - including copy editors, producers, literary agents, reviewers and literary editors;
visiting writers - such as Rhidian Brook and Will Self; and
peer review - giving you the chance to discuss your own and other students' work in a mutually-supportive environment.

This provides a range of different voices and styles to broaden your experience of the creative process.

The taught modules aim to prepare you for the job market. Alongside your creative writing studies, you gain skills in:
data collation, review and synopsis;
communication (oral, written and electronic);
time management;
computing; and
co-operation and teamwork.

You have the chance to contribute to Pages, which includes fiction, poetry, reviews and creative non-fiction, and Ripple, a showcase for cutting-edge poetry and prose. Both are edited by postgraduate creative writing students.

Faber and Faber sponsors a prize for the Creative Writing MFA.

We offer a part-time study option to help you fit your MFA around other commitments.

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with 7.0 in Writing. Please make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we'll consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements may be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from one of the recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Visit the Creative Writing MFA page on the Kingston University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Alumni discount - 20+ Awards

All undergraduate alumni qualify for 10% off postgraduate taught course fees.

Value of Scholarship(s)



All Kingston Undergraduate alumni will receive 10% off postgraduate course fees.

Application Procedure

Automatically assessed on application, please ensure you state that your undergraduate degree was awarded by Kingston University.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

We normally expect applicants 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.

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