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Birkbeck, University of London: Creative and Critical Writing

Institution Birkbeck, University of London
Department English, Theatre and Creative Writing
Telephone 0203 907 0700
Study type Taught


The MA in Creative and Critical Writing offers blended learning in the interconnected fields of creative writing and critical theory. Modules 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.


  • Birkbeck was ranked 2nd in the UK for its English Language and Literature research in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.

  • 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.

  • The Mechanics' Institute Review, MIROnline, is a forum for the most exciting new writing in short fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction selected from students on this course and beyond.

  • The School of Arts offers a number of bursaries for postgraduate students.


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