Taught course

Creative and Critical Writing

University of Sussex · School of English

Entry requirements

Students will normally have a first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree or, in exceptional cases, be able to provide evidence of equivalent professional or artistic experience. Applications must be accompanied by a short sample of recent, unpublished writing (creative or critical).

Months of entry


Course content

This MA has developed out of longstanding teaching and research interests in creative writing as well as in psychoanalysis, cultural materialism, eco-writing, postcolonialism, deconstruction, feminism and queer theory.

This course allows you to combine intellectually challenging critical and theoretical ideas with an interest in creative writing. It is based on the assumption that theory and practice are not opposites, though the relations between them may entail productive tensions and paradoxes. This MA is impelled by the sense that the critical and the creative are necessarily intertwined.

Many great writers in English, especially since the 18th century, have also written important criticism – good writers are invariably good readers.

We are proud to have French feminist writer Hélène Cixous and British poet J H Prynne as Honorary Professors on this course.


You are assessed by 5,000-word term papers and a dissertation of up to 15,000 words, of which up to 10,000 words may be creative writing.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.

Autumn and spring terms: you choose two options in each term from a list that may include Creativity and Utopia • Deconstruction and Creative Writing • Marxism and Creative Writing • Psychoanalysis and Creative Writing • Sexuality and Creative Writing • Voices in the Archives: Writing from History.

Summer term: you undertake supervised work on the dissertation, which normally includes both critical discussion and creative writing.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit:www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment50
Dissertation50 (20000 words)

Course contact details

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