MA Creative and Critical Writing

MA Creative and Critical Writing at Winchester offers students the opportunity to improve their creative writing in a dynamic, constructive environment. The programme is supported by teaching staff who are all professional writers.

MA Creative and Critical Writing at University of Winchester


Entry requirements

Normally a first or higher second-class Honours degree in a related subject or professional experience in the area of study. Applicants are required to submit a sample of their creative writing.

If English is not your first language:

IELTS 6.5 (including 6.5 in academic writing) or equivalent.

Degree duration

Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years

Start date: September

Teaching takes place: Evenings

Fact: Through the Publishing Project there is an opportunity to meet agents, publishers and authors.
Fact: Students have the opportunity to develop their creative work, give and receive feedback in weekly workshops, and work with lecturers who are all practitioners.

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

September 2017** Entry Full-time | £6,100
September 2017** Entry Part-time | £3,050 p/a

Total Cost | £6,100

International Students 

September 2017** Entry Full-time | £12,200
September 2017** Entry Part-time | £6,100 p/a

Total Cost | £12,200

Additional Costs 

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here

Terms and Conditions

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here

**Please note the fees are indicative and subject to the approval of the University of Winchester Board of Governors. 

Students study both classic and current literature, allowing them to explore different styles and genres while gaining a critical foundation for their own writing. Furthermore, students learn about the publishing world, aiming to understand where their work fits in the constantly changing publishing market. Students have opportunities to meet agents, editors and other published writers.

The structure of the programme enables students to focus on one or more genres (for example, fiction, creative non-fiction, scriptwriting or poetry) during their coursework. Throughout the programme, students write their own creative work while reading contemporary and classic literature.

Students begin with a module that focuses on writing fiction alongside a module that explores the term research and what it means for a writer - this forms a creative and critical foundation for their writing. Before progressing and selecting an optional genre module,
students look outward at the market in the core Publishing Project module, which features readings and seminars with six writers, agents and editors each semester.

Students develop a writing project which may explore a newer form, such as a blog, or a more traditional format, such as a short story and covering letter to a literary magazine. They also undertake the Independent Study Preparation module which is designed to prepare the students for the rigour of a longer-form creative piece. The programme culminates with a creative dissertation known as the Independent Study.

Core modules:

  • Contemporary Fiction
  • The Writer as Researcher
  • Publishing Project
  • Independent Study Preparation Module

Optional modules:

  • Contemporary Non-Fiction
  • Contemporary Scriptwriting for TV and Film
  • Advanced Contemporary Poetry

Academic staff are professional novelists, scriptwriters, poets and writers of creative non-fiction, as well as musicians, cultural critics and playwrights. They are supported by guest writers including novelists Linda Grant and Roma Tearne, alumna and novelist Claire Fuller, literary critic and Guardian reviewer Alex Clarke, T.S.Eliot prize-winning poet Philip Gross, and literary agent Ella Khan.

Students undertake a dissertation of up to 30,000 words as part of their independent study with full tutorial support.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Graduates have become published writers and poets. Others have careers in teaching, media and the arts.

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
Send us a message

International students seeking additional information about this programme can email or call +44 (0) 1962 827023.

Applications need to be submitted before the 20 May 2017. Late applications can be accepted throughout the remainder of the application year, for more information click here.

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