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MA Creative and Critical Writing


Combine creative and critical study!

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.


You complete five core modules, including a dissertation of 15,000 words. 

The course is designed to offer a complete, complimentary, and balanced offering of both creative and critical study. As such, the autumn term of study focuses on critical modules 'Reading the Contemporary' and 'Key Concepts in Cultural and Critical Studies 2' - modules that combine contemporary literature and theory. The spring term focuses on creative modules - workshops that help students on their creative writing projects.

The dissertation element combines both elements of the course as a 7000-word critical essay will have a 7000-word creative response.


This new MA is receiving applications for Part Time start in October 2018. Full time applications will be welcomed next year only for October 2019 start. You can apply anytime from now.

Find out more

Find out more and apply here: Birkbeck MA Creative and Critical Writing.

Informal questions can be sent to Grace Halden at

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