Taught course

Creative and Critical Writing

Birkbeck, University of London · English, Theatre and Creative Writing

Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree or above in a relevant subject from an accredited university.

Two academic/professional references, a 3000-word sample of written creative work and a personal statement (to be submitted with your application form). Those successful at this stage will be directed to submit work and attend an interview.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Creative and Critical Writing offers blended learning in the interconnected fields of creative writing and critical thinking. It combines practice-based learning in creative writing with study in contemporary literature, culture and criticism. Modules exploring critical debates on experimental literature, media, popular culture and technology give you the opportunity to develop your thinking skills, while modules and workshops in creative writing enable you to develop and hone your creative writing skills, whether in fiction, non-fiction, or hybrid forms. A final dissertation allows you to develop a substantial piece of work, comprising either two interconnected creative and critical portions, or one hybrid creative-critical text.

Teaching consists of specialist lectures and seminars, as well as practice-led workshops, and individual tutorial feedback. The MA in Creative and Critical Writing is an exciting opportunity for learning and craft in a growing field.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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