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Study creative writing

Why study creative writing

At Kingston, we offer courses that enable you to explore a wide variety of different writing, and gain insight into the writing process from our experienced teaching team that includes award-winning published writers. At the same time you will be encouraged to discover and develop your unique writing talent. You'll study courses with a strong emphasis on practice, and be part of a flourishing writing community.

Creative writing provides preparation for many careers and pathways. The ability to think and write creatively is a valuable commodity in many professional arenas, from copy writing and advertising to teaching and therapy.

Undergraduate courses

Creative writing can be studied with either drama, English or film.

The BA degree courses will allow you to study a wide variety of writing, and to focus on those that attract you most, from short stories, novels, life writing, poetry, plays or non-fiction.

There is a strong emphasis on employability for our graduates, with courses devoted to professional writing and talks from guest speakers with expertise in publishing, including copy editors, producers, literary agents, reviewers and literary editors. At the same time you will be encouraged to produce your best work by following your creative impulses and writing experimentally.

Postgraduate courses

Our creative writing MA and MFA courses offer a range of creative and professional opportunities. These postgraduate degrees include a distance learning MA, which enables study from a distance but retains an element of intensive face-to-face teaching. We also offer Creative Writing and Publishing MA which will familiarise writers with the industry.

The MFA (Master of Fine Arts) was the first of its kind to be offered in the UK. As well as offering you the chance to produce an extended piece of writing under expert supervision, there may also be opportunities to pursue a teaching certificate and gain work experience with Kingston University Press.

Find out more about scholarships and bursaries available to MA and MFA students.

For PhD study, please see our Research section.

Our creative writing MA and MFA courses offer a range of creative and professional opportunities. These postgraduate degrees include a distance learning MA, which enables study from a distance but retains an element of intensive face-to-face teaching. We also offer Creative Writing and Publishing MA which will familiarise writers with the industry.

The MFA (Master of Fine Arts) was the first of its kind to be offered in the UK. As well as offering you the chance to produce an extended piece of writing under expert supervision, there may also be opportunities to pursue a teaching certificate and gain work experience with Kingston University Press.

Find out more about scholarships and bursaries available to MA and MFA students.

For PhD study, please see our Research section.

Centre for Academic Support and Enhancement (CASE)

Centre for Academic Support and Enhancement (CASE)

CASE offers students one-to-one help with their studies, supporting both undergraduate and postgraduate students with:

  • researching and presenting;
  • structuring and editing traditional academic writing;
  • structuring and editing multimedia texts; and
  • referencing.

CASE also provides a range of resources to enhance employability, including help with writing CVs, application forms and interview preparation. Results show that students who use the centre are significantly more likely to complete their degrees. As they are better equipped to act on feedback, they also tend to do better in their studies.

Learn a language

Kingston Language Scheme (KLS)

The Kingston Language Scheme (KLS) offers courses in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Arabic, Mandarin, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and English for academic study. Classes are taught at a range of levels, so you can start a new language from scratch or build on existing knowledge. All KLS classes are free to Kingston University students.

Personal tutor scheme

Our personal tutorial scheme offers guidance through your studies and is just part of the extensive individual feedback you will receive to feed forward into your assessments.

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