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.

Study Details:

MA 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Module Details:


  • Creative Non-Fiction
  • Key Concepts in Cultural and Critical Studies: Part 2
  • Reading the Contemporary
  • Writing Workshop


  • MA Project: Creative and Critical Writing

Student Destinations

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.


Part-time home/EU students: £4175 pa Full-time home/EU students: £8350 pa Part-time international students: £7600 pa Full-time international students: £15200 pa

Entry Requirements

Our 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 your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

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