Taught course

Creative and Critical Writing

Institution
Birkbeck, University of London · English, Theatre and Creative Writing
Qualifications
MA

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Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree (2:2 or above), though this requirement may be waived if you can demonstrate exceptional talent.

You must also send:

  • a personal statement (to be submitted with your application form)
  • two professional or academic references to be sent by referees to arts-creativewriting@bbk.ac.uk
  • a sample of creative writing (prose), up to 1500 words
  • a sample of critical writing (on a book, an author, a film/director, or an idea/concept), up to 1500 words.

Students are selected on the basis of their writing samples and statement, an interview and their degree.

Application guidelines:

  • Submit application
  • Wait up to 48 hours
  • Submit writing portfolio (Word of pdf, clearly marked with your name, and with page numbers) by logging into your MyBirkbeck profile, then going to the 'Manage my application' link and attaching the document

Applications are reviewed on their individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

Months of entry

October

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.

Highlights
  • In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), English Language and Literature at Birkbeck achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to producing research of the highest quality, while 91% of eligible staff submitted research, of which 75% was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • In addition to working with the established and award-winning writers who teach the degree, you will have contact with industry professionals, such as publishers and literary agents, who offer a series of platform discussions in the summer term.
  • Our annual creative writing magazine, The Mechanics' Institute Review, is edited by Birkbeck creative writing students and will feature writing from the course as a showcase for the degree, with wide distribution beyond Birkbeck to literary agents, publishers, etc. Read an account of how our students created the most recent issue. MIROnline is an interactive website, edited by PhD students and volunteers, with all the latest news and writing from our creative writing programmes and beyond.
  • The School of Arts offers a number of bursaries for postgraduate students.
  • The School of Arts is an official partner of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London. Opportunities for students have included a year’s free membership of the ICA, private views, discounts on all talks and events, free members' screenings and £3 cinema tickets on Tuesdays, up to 25% off ICA Artists' Editions and a monthly e-newsletter.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests.

If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses and foundation programmes to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

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

Name
Student Advice Service
Email
studentadvice@bbk.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 3907 0700