Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Creative and Critical Writing

Canterbury Christ Church University · Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Education

Entry requirements

2:2 in BA (Hons) or equivalent. IELTS score of 6.5 where relevant.

Applicants who do not have a 2:2 or above in a named BA Creative Writing or BA Creative & Professional Writing course are required to submit a sample of their writing in the form of a 2000-word portfolio, along with their personal statement. This enables the course team to review applicants on their individual merits, taking the quality of applicants’ writing into consideration alongside undergraduate qualifications, relevant professional qualifications, life experiences affecting ability to study, and work experience.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA Creative & Critical Writing at Canterbury Christ Church offers a stimulating course taught by practising, published writers and scholars.

This MA will enable you to hone your creative and critical writing skills and help you find a unique voice. Through the study of craft and theory you will learn how these disciplines inform each other, enriching your understanding of contemporary critical thinking alongside your own creative practice.

Our course is designed with busy lives in mind. Delivery is structured to enable a flexible approach to study, with a combination of ‘twilight’ seminars, workshops and Saturday study sessions.

All modules draw directly on tutors’ own research, practice and publications, making them both distinctive and cutting-edge. With a strong focus on developing professional, applied and academic skills, we will introduce you to the expectations of advanced scholarship and the publishing industry, and help you to develop a robust writing practice.

This course is for everyone wishing to sharpen their writing skills. You may be a recent graduate looking to progress your knowledge and practice to the next level, or perhaps you have been writing independently for a while and are now ready to take the next steps towards a writing career.

All about the course

Our modules will introduce you to the theory and practice of contemporary writing, considering what makes work ‘new,’ how literature reflects and shapes social, political and environmental concerns, and how writers can explore these through a range of forms and modes. You will sample critical, creative and reflective forms, strengthen your research skills, discuss exemplar texts and participate in peer workshops. Throughout the course you will work towards producing a portfolio of new writing, culminating in an extended project of your choice.

You may wish to focus on a particular creative writing subgenre such as speculative fiction, or an emerging strand like eco-fiction. Perhaps you want to offer informed creative nonfiction responses to a topic through personal essays or a book-length memoir, or experiment with a crossover form such as autofiction. Whatever your focus, we can help you to explore how to write within, and push the boundaries of, your chosen genre.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Course Enquiry Team