M.A. Creative and Critical Writing

The University of Winchester

Tuition fee:
  • € 4,855 / Year (EEA)
  • € 10,979 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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The MA in Creative and Critical Writing offers you an opportunity to improve your writing within a dynamic and constructive atmosphere. On the MA, students work together and with tutors to learn more about the processes of writing, and to develop a critical awareness of their own work. We encourage creative exploration, innovation and honesty within the group workshops so that your experience of working at MA level is academically rigorous, creatively stimulating and good fun.

The programme offers students the opportunity to develop creative work in progress, give and receive feedback and produce new writing. It also encourages students to discuss the work of established writers and consider the theoretical, social and cultural contexts of contemporary writing.

The programme enhances writing skills and develops critical and creative awareness and understanding. Many graduates have gone on to become published writers and poets. Others have careers within teaching, journalism and the wider media industry as well as within the arts. Employers often favour individuals with excellent writing skills. The programme also provides a firm foundation for undertaking a research degree or further training.


Students develop creative work in progress, give and receive feedback and produce new writing. It also encourages students to discuss the work of established writers and consider the theoretical, social and cultural contexts of contemporary writing. Students undertake four core modules and the independent study modules, which lead to the completion of the dissertation. They also choose two optional modules taken from the genre-based modules, which creatively and critically explore the structures of a particular genre of writing.
Publishing Project is a module in which all students develop a writing project to the point of submission for publication. This could involve, for example, the development of pieces of short fiction along with cover letters for submission to appropriate literary journals or magazines.

Core modules include: Theories of Creativity and Writing
The Writers Toolkit: Creative Research
Publishing Project
Independent Study Proposal
Optional genre-based modules include: Advanced Writing Workshop
Advanced Poetry Workshop
Advanced Scriptwriting Workshop
Advanced Fiction Workshop
Alternatively, students may choose up to two modules from MA Writing for Children.



Students whose first language is not English may be asked to provide evidence of English Language ability when applying to the University of Winchester. The requirement for admission to postgraduatedegree programmes is a minimum score of 6.5 in IELTS (International English Language Teaching System) including a minimum score of 6.5 in Academic Writing, or an equivalent qualification (for example 580 in Paper-based TOEFL, 237 in Computer-based TOEFL).

English Language Requirements

CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

180 (Grade C)

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