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Creative Writing and Critical Life

University of Leeds

12 months
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This Creative Writing and Critical Life course from University of Leeds combines creative writing with critical writing. You'll develop your creative writing in the context of advancing your critical skills and knowledge of English Studies. 


You'll also engage with a wide variety of literary genres as both a critical reader and a creative practitioner, with expert guidance from published creative writers and academic researchers.

This Creative Writing and Critical Life course from University of Leeds enables you to reflect critically on and develop creative writing in the context of a broad range of literary genres and critical fields. Supported by teaching staff who are actively engaged in both critical and creative writing, you'll develop a theoretically informed understanding of the relation between different forms of critical and creative writing.

Throughout the course, you'll have opportunities to explore areas of personal interest and participate in workshops to hone your skills in diverse forms of writing.

You'll also produce an independent research project, through which you can specialise in creative or critical writing, or combine both, according to your interests.

Career opportunities

This course will equip you with advanced transferable skills which are valuable in a wide range of careers.

You’ll be a confident researcher who can work independently as well as within a team. You’ll be a strong communicator, both verbally and in writing, and be able to think critically and analytically. In addition, you’ll have a strong level of cultural and critical awareness, and you’ll be able to look at a situation from different points of view.

All of these qualities are attractive to employers across sectors, and you’ll be well equipped to pursue a career in a wide range of fields depending on your interests. These could include teaching, journalism, publishing, advertising, broadcasting and law. Many of our graduates also progress to PhD-level study and you’ll be in a good position to develop a career in academia.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Project
  • Writing Identities: Criticism, Creativity, Practice
  • So Where do you come from? Selves, Families, Stories
  • Feeling Time
  • The Magic of Mimesis
  • War, Mourning, Memory: 1914-1939

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

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180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in English literature, or a degree scheme that includes a significant proportion of English Literature content, or a related subject.
  • Applications from those with degrees in other subjects may be considered on an individual basis, along with a sample of recently written work.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Leeds

637 - 1103 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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