Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Creative and Critical Writing

University of Liverpool · School of English

Entry requirements

Please see the course page on the University website for full details.

Months of entry


Course content

Liverpool offers a stimulating environment to study Creative and Critical Writing thanks to our unique placement module at one of our partner institutions and our exicting programme of events. You will develop your skills and knowledge through a combination of creative engagement with prose and drama.

The programme offers a unique placement module through which you will have the opportunity to gain practical experience as a writer in residence at one of the University of Liverpool’s partner institutions in the city. As a writer in residence in locations such as museums and galleries, you will be able to develop professional skills through activities such as writing in response to exhibitions, or running creative writing workshops.

Assessment will take the form of a portfolio consisting of creative work and reflections on the experience and requirements of the writer-in-residence role. Through core modules on contemporary prose and drama/screenwriting, you will develop your writing ability and professional awareness (i.e. submitting to agents, editorial pitches).

Liverpool offers a stimulating environment in which to study Creative and Critical Writing, thanks to its lively events calendar:

  • Including the Liverpool Literary Festival and literary events through the Centre for New and International Writing
  • The University’s connections to local literary partners such as the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse
  • The presence of three AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinkers in the Department of English alone
  • Masterclasses with visiting writers such as the Hope Street Writer in Residence.


  • How critically-informed creative practice engages with a global society, social justice, political and environmental issues and human rights
  • How creative and critical forms can complement one another
  • A greater theoretical understanding of matters pertaining to socially-engaged writing
  • How to develop your own distinctive approach to creative practice
  • How to enhance and refine your creative writing
  • An awareness of appropriate industry areas, gaining skills and confidence in approaching key figures such as agents and editors.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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