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Creative and Critical Writing Postgraduate Certificate / Postgraduate Diploma / MA

Creative and Critical Writing Postgraduate Certificate / Postgraduate Diploma / MA

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Full time | Francis Close Hall Campus (Cheltenham) | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Literary Criticism Creative Writing

Course type


Course Summary

Course outline

The MA in Creative and Critical Writing has been designed so that students can choose a path through the degree which focuses either on creative or literary critical writing, or a combination of both.

You will work with practising authors, poets, and playwrights, as well as leaders in the field of literary criticism, to develop your own distinctive voice. You will develop as a writer in the world, not only in the classroom, and will be advised on routes to publication. Modules with a more academic focus allow you to engage with literary theory and academic studies of influential writers’ work.

This highly successful MA in Creative and Critical Writing was one of the first in the UK to offer modules dedicated to the theory and practice of teaching creative writing, and the theoretical and practical analysis of the creative process. These options complement the creative and critical strands of the degree and offer you the chance to become a writer prepared for the modern professional arenas in which you may find yourself.

There are opportunities to attend The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, Ledbury Poetry Festival, the Cheltenham Poetry Festival where our students volunteer as event managers and stewards and there is usually a student showcase event, and Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts. There are monthly public open readings, and there is a vibrant cultural life in Cheltenham and the surrounding county.


Writer - many of our students have gone on to successfully publish in journal and book form
Editor - a number of our graduates now work in publishing and on journals in an editorial role
Teacher of creative writing - several of our students have gone on to teach, or have enhanced their own practice.
Community Arts Management – some of our students have gone on to run community arts organisations.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Entry requirements

At least a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants will be considered on an individual basis. You’ll be required to submit a portfolio to evidence your writing. The portfolio should be 3,000 words of creative prose (eg a short story or novel extract) or 12 poems or 30 minutes of dramatic writing in standard format.

University information

Join the University of Gloucestershire and you will be part of a creative, professional community of 1,000 postgraduate students, 2,000 staff and an alumni network of 40,000 graduates. The University has recently been ranked 6th globally in the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey 2019 and has a growing reputation for its high level of satisfied students and excellent teaching. They strive to be outward looking and are intensively engaged...more