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Creative and Critical Writing PgDip

University of Gloucestershire

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Course options

  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Diploma

  • Location

    Francis Close Hall Campus (Cheltenham)

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Choose your own path through the course, focusing either on creative or literary critical writing, or a combination of both.

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

Study style

You’ll be assessed through coursework and presentations.

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.

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work as:

  • 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 Manager – some of our students have gone on to run community arts organisations.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 9,800per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Gloucestershire

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  • Campus address

    University of Gloucestershire, The Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2RH, England

A diverse and inclusive community, welcoming students from over 60 countries worldwide.
Placements, internships, trips and career experiences help prepare students for success after graduation.
A wide range of bursaries and merit scholarships are available for international students.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    92nd out of 100 5

    44th out of 55 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 206
    105 52%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    56.0 56%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.92 78%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 168
    98 58%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    60.0 60%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.16 83%



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