The MA in Creative and Critical Writing at Birkbeck, University of London exploring critical debates on contemporary literature, media and popular culture give you the opportunity to develop your critical skills, while modules and workshops in creative writing enable you to develop and hone your creative writing skills (whether in fiction or non-fiction). In addition, modules that blend the two - putting the creative and the critical in dialogue - allow you to explore and try out hybrid forms. For the final dissertation, you develop a substantial piece of work, made up of 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.
- Arts and humanities at Birkbeck are ranked fifth best in London, 18th in the UK and 87th globally in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject.
- In the 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.
Careers and Employability
The MA Creative and Critical Writing is a new programme, but graduates from our long-standing MA Creative Writing include:
- Niki Aguirre
- Sarah Alexander
- Laura Allsop
- Iphgenia Baal
- Amy Bird
- Phoebe Blatton
- Nicole Burstein
- Tray Butler
- Melissa De Villiers
The programme will be particularly relevant for those interested in pursuing a career in writing and publishing. Possible professions include creative writer, magazine or newspaper journalist, or editorial assistant. This degree can also be useful in becoming an academic librarian, English as a second language (ESOL) teacher, or information officer.
- Creative Non-Fiction
- Reading the Contemporary
- Writing Workshop
- MA Project: Creative and Critical Writing
- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
You are strongly advised to apply now, to ensure there are still places on your chosen course and to give you time to complete the admissions process.
DisciplinesCreative Writing View 209 other Masters in Creative Writing in United Kingdom
A second-class honours degree (2:2 or above), though this requirement may be waived if you can demonstrate exceptional talent.
You must also ensure you submit with your application form the following:
- a personal statement
- two professional or academic references
- 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.
International8010 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 8010 GBP per year during 12 months.
National4410 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 4410 GBP per year during 12 months.
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