Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This new interdisciplinary Master’s degree offers blended learning in the interconnected fields of creative writing and critical thinking, by combining both practice'based learning and specialism in contemporary literature, culture and criticism. The MA Creative and Critical Writing explores critical methods and debates on experimental literature, media, popular culture, technology and cultural development. You will have the opportunity to develop your critical thinking skills as well as fiction and non'fiction writing.

This exciting course combines practice'led workshops with specialist lectures and seminars. Each year of study offers a complementary mix of modules on literature and creative writing.

The dissertation in the final year enables you to display both your creative and critical work through two connected pieces of 7500 words each.


' Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked fourth best in London and 18th in the UK in the Times Higher Education 2017'2018 World University Subject Rankings.

' In the 2014 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.

Course Modules

For information about course structure and the moules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Part Time

Qualifications required:

  • A good second class honours degree or above in a relevant subject from an accredited university.
  • Two academic/professional references, a 3000-word sample of written creative work and a personal statement (to be submitted with your application form). Those successful at this stage will be directed to submit work and attend an interview.