MA Creative and Critical Writing

University of Suffolk
Program overview
1-2 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
September 2023

September 2024

September 2025
University of Suffolk

About this program

MA Creative and Critical Writing

The Masters in Creative and Critical Writing seeks to advance current research in English studies by exploring the meaningful, complex and conceptually challenging relationships between creative and critical discourses. Building on the success of our undergraduate program ranked 1st in the UK for Student Satisfaction in the Complete University Guide 2020, the course brings together the study of English literature, critical theory and creative writing in a holistic and engaging postgraduate curriculum.

The MA in Creative and Critical Writing offers you the opportunity to focus on your passion for creative writing whilst engaging with the most up-to-date debates in critical theory. On the course, you will develop skills as a creative writer, reader and researcher, broadening your knowledge of the production and reception of literature under the supervision of qualified academics and award-winning authors. You will experience an integrated approach to creative writing and contemporary developments in critical and cultural theories while exploring a range of established and evolving literary genres, such as historical fiction, memoir, and children’s literature.

Admission requirements

Academic Requirements

Minimum second class honours degree in a relevant, cognate discipline.

Relevant work and life experience will be considered.

Applicants must provide a short (1,500 - 200 words) sample of recent, unpublished writing (creative or critical) with their application, plus a personal statement including their reasons for applying, their life experiences and the types of literature they aspire to write.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

  • Dissertation Project
  • Creative and Critical Writing Workshop
  • Writing Historical Fiction
  • Children's Literature: Through the Looking Glass
  • Adaptation: New Creative/Critical Directions
  • Writers in Residence

Scholarships & funding

  • Vice Chancellor's Global Impact Scholarship: £4,000
  • International Merit Scholarship: £1000-2,000
  • Suffolk Executive MBA Scholarship: £4,000


  • Full-time Tuition Fees: £8,496 p.a.
  • Part-time Tuition Fees: £944 per 20 credit module (Please contact the Info zone for further information).
  • International / EU Tuition Fees: £12,996 pa

Career paths

The MA in Creative and Critical Writing is designed to support you in a number of professional contexts such as teaching, publishing, editing, and professional writing, as well as enhancing life skills and providing access to doctoral-level study. The course addresses the needs of regional professionals in the creative industries seeking the next generation of writers in Suffolk and responds to an increasingly complex job market which prioritises creative approaches.

The English team has established partnerships with a number of organisations including the New Wolsey Theatre, the Red Rose Chain, the Ipswich Institute, and the Suffolk Book League. The development of the Hold and ties with Suffolk Record Office also provide greater opportunities for students to access local information and collaborate with the initiatives of the Suffolk Archives. Our partnerships aim to be mutually beneficial, always ensuring a greater quality of experience for our students while supporting local organisations and giving back to the community.

Any of our optional modules can be completed individually as CPD opportunities prior to course enrolment. This includes our 'Writers in Residence' module, which invites you to build fruitful relationships within a chosen residency, community or environment. As the potential for residences is rapidly growing and extremely varied across the UK, our course encourages you to think and act autonomously in planning and engaging with the role of the writer in the community.

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University of Suffolk

The University of Suffolk is a transformational university. Being one of the newest in the UK, the University of Suffolk is not restricted by tradition and embraces change, to produce graduates who can easily adapt to a changing world. Taking...

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We're confident you would quickly feel at home on our beautiful waterfront campus along the famous sunshine coast of Suffolk. Our campus is stylish, modern and compact, surrounded by restaurants, bars, clubs, cinemas, as well as historic and cultural hotspots. Established in 2016, we are one of the newest universities in the country, which enables us to be dynamic and forward thinking in our approach. Our students are at the heart of everything we do, and we pride ourselves on consistently featuring within the top 10 for 'student experience' polls. Our students are taught by expert academics and industry professionals rather than graduate teachers, which is common practice in many universities. Teaching typically takes place in small classes and is supplemented by all the contact time and personal support you need.

  • Choose from over 200 Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes recognised all over the world
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  • Our wonderful team of staff will support your entire Academic journey – from Application through to graduation – and everything in between

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University of Suffolk

Waterfront Building
19 Neptune Quay
IP4 1QJ Ipswich Suffolk
United Kingdom

Phone no: +441473 338000

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