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Master of Arts in Creative Writing Royal Holloway,University of London Royal Holloway,University of London, UK


Sep 2023

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GBP 20700

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12 months


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Program Overview

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

The MA ranks among the top creative writing courses in the country and is taught by leading writers whose work encompasses a wide range of approaches and styles.

  • Sean Borodale’s Bee Journal was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and Costa Book Award.
  • Lavinia Greenlaw has received a Forward Prize for Poem of the Year, the Prix du Premier Roman, a Wellcome Engagement Fellowship and the Ted Hughes Award.
  • Nikita Lalwani won the Desmond Elliot Award, and was shortlisted for the Costa Prize and longlisted for the Man Booker prize.
  • Nadifa Mohamed, one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists 2013, has won the Betty Trask Prize and a Somerset Maugham Award.
  • Redell Olsen has been Judith E. Wilson Fellow in Poetry at Cambridge.
  • Anna Whitwham’s novel Boxer Handsome was a New Statesman and Guardian Book of the Year.
  • Eley Williams’s Attrib. and other stories won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Republic of Consciousness Prize.

Our prizewinning, internationally successful alumni include the novelists Sarah Perry, Tahmima Anam, Jenni Fagan and Barney Norris; short-story writer and poet Eley Williams; and the poets Liz Berry, Kayo Chingonyi, Sam Riviere and Sophie Robinson.

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Program Level Master's Degree

College/University Processing Time 30

Program Intensity Full-Time

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General Admission Requirement

    Academic Requirement

    • Minimum Level of Education Required: To be accepted into this program, applicants must have a Bachelor's Degree.

    7 IELTS Score
    69 PTE Score Minimum Overall Score
    60% CGPA Minimum Overall Score

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    We award our scholarships competitively, usually based on your academic achievements, as well as your scholarship statement. We also offer a number of scholarships aimed specifically at groups currently underrepresented in higher education. You can apply for as many scholarships as you are eligible for.

    • Rising Stars Scholarship
    • Sanctuary Scholarship
    • The Gentian Scholarship for Access
    • International Future Leaders Scholarship
    • Elaine Etherton Scholarship
    • Santander Widening Access Scholarship
    • Reed Innovation Scholarship
    • Barbara Raw Scholarships for English
    • Barbara Raw English Scholarship for Black UK students
    • Donald Davies Computer Science Scholarship
    • EU Fee Reduction Scholarship
    • Music scholarships
    • Sports scholarships
    • The Geospatial Scholarship Fund (external funding)
    • UKNEST Science & Engineering Scholarship (external funding)

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