University of Roehampton
Creative and Professional Writing BA (Hons)
University of Roehampton

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Taught by published, working writers (including acclaimed poets, novelists, journalists and screenwriters), our BA Creative and professional Writing degree introduces writing practice to you in four main forms: fiction, nonfiction, poetry and screenwriting.

As you explore the technical craft and process of writing on this BA in Creative and professional writing, you'll develop your skills as a writer, as well as other key abilities such as research and critical analysis.

This is one of the longest-established Creative Writing degree courses in London and one of only a few courses in the UK to offer innovative fiction and poetry and a strong non-fiction strand. Recent examples of the exciting modules we offer have included travel writing (with an opportunity to study abroad), screenwriting, publishing from book to internet and the history, theory and performance of stand-up comedy. We are also focussed on equipping you with the skills you’ll need to succeed in your career with modules on how to write to industry representatives and we provide excellent career resources.

We have thriving partnerships with Wimbledon Bookfest, Barnes Children's Literature Festival and with local schools in London and the south-east, providing you with the chance to volunteer or undertake paid work experience during your time at Roehampton. We also have our in-house publishing imprint, Fincham Press, meaning you could see your work published or be involved in publishing other people’s work.

Roehampton has a vibrant research culture and a rolling programme of fellowships – the current holder is the award-winning author Adam Foulds. Special workshops and seminars are organised every year with industry professionals such as editors, screenwriters, graphic novelists, and published authors. The year is rounded off with our annual Creative Writing Day Soiree, a student-organised evening of readings from current students, alumni and industry guests – who will also be sharing their insights and top tips with you.

The quality of this course is reflected in official surveys, with the most recent figures showing 97% of our students are satisfied with the quality of teaching we provide (National Student Survey 2015).

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 23 graduates of Creative and Professional Writing BA (Hons) at University of Roehampton for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Creative Writing.

Overall student satisfaction
56 /100
23 total respondents
The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates of Creative and Professional Writing BA (Hons) at University of Roehampton

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Creative and Professional Writing BA (Hons) at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £23000 £22500 £26500
25-75 percentile range £18000 - £25000 £17000 - £26000 £21000 - £32000

Salary of all UK Graduates of Creative Writing

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £18220 £16892 £19401
25-75 percentile range £16195 - £22146 £11754 - £21492 £14677 - £25366

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Creative and Professional Writing, BA (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Creative and Professional Writing BA (Hons) at University of Roehampton

15% Teaching Professionals
15% Business and public service associate professionals
10% Customer service occupations
5% Administrative occupations
5% Artistic, literary and media occupations
5% Teaching and Childcare Support Occupation
5% Business, Research and Administrative Professionals
5% Sales occupations
5% Welfare and housing associate professionals
5% Elementary occupations

Grading & Study Time

Assessment Methods

Study Time Distribution

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

A Level: C in a humanities subject

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

Humanities subject required

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English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
IELTS (Academic) 6 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band
TOEFL (iBT) 80 with the following minimum scores: Reading: 18 Writing: 17 Listening: 17 Speaking: 20
PTE Academic 51 with no less than 51 in any band
Cambridge English Advanced grade C in tests prior to 2015 with no less than 'weak' in any band
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
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Tuition Fees Creative and Professional Writing BA (Hons)

Channel Islands £9250 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
International £13145 year 1

Additional fee information

Costs for 2020 entry.

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of University of Roehampton in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of University of Roehampton in related subject specific rankings.

Arts Visual & Performing

    • #16 
    • #17 
    Creative Writing
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]

Languages & Literature

    • #38 
    • #48 
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]

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What students say about studying Creative Writing in the UK?

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About University of Roehampton

The University of Roehampton is a government funded university in the London Borough of Wandsworth. The university began its existence as a women’s teacher training college, and only much later in 2004 became an officially recognised university. Roehampton is made up of four distinct colleges: Digby Stuart College, Froebel College, Southlands College and Whitelands College.

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Where is this programme taught

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