University of Gloucestershire

University of Gloucestershire

Creative and Critical Writing

As part of the MA in Creative and Critical Writing, you will work with practising and published writers to hone your craft and concentrate on your specific genre. Our staff will help you develop your own distinctive voice and advise on possible avenues to publication. Modules with a more academic focus offer you the opportunity 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 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 opportunity 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, and Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts. There are monthly public open readings, and a vibrant cultural life in Cheltenham and the surrounding county. The area has a rich literary heritage with Bristol, Stratford-Upon-Avon and Oxford less than one hour away.

Entry requirements

You will need at least a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent. You will be required to submit a portfolio assessment. International students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent.

Course modules

Modules include: Analysing the creative process; teaching creative writing; theme, issue and stylistic development; triggering and developing the creative process; theory studies; employment focused research project.

Assessment methods


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MA Part-time September 2016 - 2 years
PgCert Full-time September 2016 - 4 months
PgCert Part-time September 2016 - 9 months
PgDip Full-time September 2016 - 9 months
PgDip Part-time September 2016 - 20 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Francis Close Hall Cheltenham GL50 4AZ South West

Key information

Telephone number: 
03330 141414