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 explore 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.

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

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.

Start Date:

One evening a week part-time.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,350 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,350 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £15,200 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA - Master of Arts £4,175 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA - Master of Arts £4,175 European Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA - Master of Arts £7,600 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Course specific entry requirements: Students need a good second class honours degree or above in a relevant subject from an accredited university. Standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and their professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners. Our standard postgraduate entry requirement for international students is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent international qualification.
  • International entry requirements: Students need an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests.
  • IELTS score: 7