How much do uni rankings matter in the UK?Watch
Heya, I'm an international student planning to apply to Birmingham City Uni for MA in Creative Writing. I was aiming for a Russell Group uni before but a friend said, "There is Oxford and Cambridge in the UK, and then there's everything else." So, I think it would be unwise to spend £17000 on a degree just to have the gilded words of a Russell Group written on top. What do you think?
There are c 130 Uk unis.
About 5 are in the elite category and another 5 in the very good. After that it just becomes good and then then its pretty much the rest.
Not all the unis that are strong in creative writing are in the RG so it is far from essential.
UEA is non RG and it has a famous creative writing course up there with the best.
Look at the course and whether you think it will be god for you.
Do some research.
Do you think its worth £17,000 for you?
It also depends somewhat on what you intend to do with your degree - if you plan to work in British Media, then a degree from Oxbridge (in whatever) would be a great help to get an interview with the BBC etc I would imagine. But others would be suitable - you just may need to do more to distinguish yourself. If you want to become a writer, then it really doesn't matter what, or where, you study - as long as you write!
However it's not uncommon for writers to have studied literary subjects (such as English Literature, Classics, or a modern language specialising in the literature of that language) as having contextual knowledge of the previously written literature that makes up the literary "canon" can help inform your writings - knowing who has written similar, or identical stories, in ancient or nearer history, how they write, formal narrative paths and so on. JK Rowling for example, before she became a New Labour shill and abuser apologist (and hence before she wrote Harry Potter), studied Classics (and French) at Exeter.