Creative and Critical Writing MA

Key information

Duration:
1 year full time, 2 years part time
Start date:
September 2018
Apply by:
1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

Develop your own creative writing while engaging in intensive study of critical theory.

Our MA is driven by the sense that the critical and the creative are necessarily intertwined. It has grown out of longstanding teaching and research interests in:

  • creative writing
  • psychoanalysis
  • cultural materialism
  • eco-writing
  • postcolonialism
  • deconstruction
  • feminism 
  • queer theory.

Our faculty includes professional authors and researchers of international standing.

Why choose this course?

  • Our research quality was ranked in the top 10 in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
  • English at Sussex is ranked in the top 15 in the UK (The Guardian University Guide 2018 and The Complete University Guide 2018and in the top 100 in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.
  • Your teaching is underpinned by the interdisciplinary research carried out in the Centre for Creative and Critical Thought.
You read, think and write in the fertile intersections of the critical and the creative, developing indispensable skills and insight.”Camila Bostock
Creative and Critical Writing MA
English PhD research student

Entry requirements

Degree requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.  

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please select your country from the list.

Argentina

Degree requirements

Licenciado/Titulo with a final mark of 7.5-8.5 depending on your university. 

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Australia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Azerbaijan

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4 or 81%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bahrain

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 (Grade B).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bangladesh

Degree requirements

Masters degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brazil

Degree requirements

Bacharel, Licenciado or professional title with a final mark of at least 7.5 or 8 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brunei

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second class upper division or GPA 3.1/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3/4.0 (grade B+).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Chile

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 5-5.5/7 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with overall mark of 75%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Colombia

Degree requirements

Licenciado with ‘Acreditacion de alta calidad' and a GPA of 3.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Ptychion with a final mark of at least 7.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ecuador

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 17/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Egypt

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a university with an overall grade of 75%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

France

Degree requirements

Licence with mention bien or Maîtrise with final mark of at least 13.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Germany

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Magister Artium with a final mark of 2.4 or better.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ghana

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a public university with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Greece

Degree requirements

Ptychion from an AEI with a final mark of at least 7.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading institution with overall mark of 55-70% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Indonesia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from an 'A' accredited university with GPA 3.0/4.0. 

Bachelors degree from a 'B' accredited university with GPA 3.2/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (Licence or Karshenasi) with a final mark of at least 15.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Degree requirements

Diploma di Laurea with an overall mark of at least 105.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Japan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a minimum C/GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Jordan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kazakhstan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of 4 or better (on a scale of 1-5)/GPA 3,33.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kenya

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kuwait

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lebanon

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.5/4.0 or 14/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malawi

Degree requirements

Masters degree, depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Mexico

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 8.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nepal

Degree requirements

Masters degree with overall mark of 80%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division or CGPA of at least 3.5/5.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall grade of B.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Oman

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Pakistan

Degree requirements

Four-year bachelors degree with overall grade of 65% or Masters with 60%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Palestine

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with GPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Paraguay

Degree requirements

Bachelors with a final mark of at least 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Peru

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 14/20 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Philippines

Degree requirements

Masters degree with 1.5/5.0 (where 1 is the highest) or 3.7/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Qatar

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall CPGA of at least 3 (on a scale of 4).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Russia

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Saudi Arabia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a CGPA 3.5/5.0 or 3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division or CAP 4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Degree requirements

Bachelors (honours) degree with second-class division 1.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Korea

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with CGPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 2/4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sri Lanka

Degree requirements

Bachelors Special degree with upper second honours.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Degree requirements

Licence or Diplôme with 5/6 or 8/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Taiwan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with overall mark of 70%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Thailand

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Degree requirements

Lisans Diplomasi with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

United Arab Emirates

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3-3.5/4.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Vietnam

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (with a Graduate Thesis/research component) with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0 or 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zambia

Degree requirements

Masters degree with GPA of 2.0/2.5 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zimbabwe

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your country is not listed, you need to contact us and find out the qualification level you should have for this course. Contact us at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should typically be in a subject relevant to your chosen Masters course. In exceptional circumstances, if you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, you may be considered if you can provide evidence of equivalent or professional artistic experience.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Higher level (7.0 overall, including at least 6.5 in each component).

Check your IELTS qualification meets all of our entry requirements and find out more about IELTS

Alternative English language qualifications

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade B or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 185 overall, including at least 176 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 185 overall, including at least 176 in each skill.

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency

Pearson (PTE Academic)

67 overall, including at least 62 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic)

TOEFL (iBT)

95 overall, including at least 22 in Listening, 23 in Reading, 23 in Speaking, 24 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT)

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English.

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language.

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language.

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

Level 5, including at least 4 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 80%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 80%

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Grade C (Honours) or above in English.

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

English language support

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for your degree, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Admissions information for applicants

Examples of work

You must provide a short sample of recent, unpublished writing (creative or critical) with your application.

How to apply

You apply to Sussex using our postgraduate application system.

Personal statement

Yes. You must submit a personal statement as part of your application. 

Find out how to write a personal statement

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Application deadlines

1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

Course details

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. Modules for the full-time course are listed below.

For details about the part-time course, contact Professor Nicholas Royle at n.w.o.royle@sussex.ac.uk

How will I study?

You have the opportunity to develop your own creative writing with:

  • taught modules
  • independent study
  • tutorial advice.

In the summer term, you undertake supervised dissertation work, which includes critical discussion and creative writing.

You're assessed by term papers and a dissertation of up to 15,000 words, of which up to 10,000 words may be creative writing.

Modules

These are the modules running in the academic year 2017. Modules running in 2018 may be subject to change.

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

Options

Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

Our experts

Prof Nicholas Royle

Prof Nicholas Royle

Professor of English

Research interests

20th Century Literature, Creative and critical writing, Deconstruction, Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture, psychoanalysis, Shakespeare

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Dr Minoli Salgado

Dr Minoli Salgado

Reader in English

Research interests

Biopolitics, Creative Writing, Human Rights Discourse, Postcolonial Literature and Theory, Salman Rushdie, South Asian Literature in English, Terror and Transnational Writing, Trauma studies

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Dr Samuel Solomon

Dr Samuel Solomon

Lecturer in Creative and Critical Writing

Research interests

Contemporary Poetry, Creative and critical writing, Feminist theory, Gender and Sexuality, Literary And Cultural Theory, Marxism, Modernist and contemporary writing, Print Culture

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Dr Bethan Stevens

Dr Bethan Stevens

Lecturer in English and Creative & Critical Writing

Research interests

Book Illustration, Creative and critical writing, Historical Fiction, Modernism, Museum Studies, popular culture, The History of Printmaking, The Long Nineteenth Century, The Novel, The Short Story, Victorian culture, Word and Image Theory

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Prof Keston Sutherland

Prof Keston Sutherland

Professor of Poetics

Research interests

Contemporary Poetry, Critical Theory, Marx, Philosophy, Poetics, psychoanalysis, Romanticism, Samuel Beckett, Wordsworth

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Course enquiries

+44 (0)1273 877396
Professor Nicholas Royle
n.w.o.royle@​sussex.ac.uk

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Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?

Fees

UK/EU students:
£7,900 per year
Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
£7,900 per year
International students:
£15,500 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

If you’re studying part time over two years, you’ll be charged 50% of the equivalent 2018 full-time fee in each year of study. The fee in your second year – if you continue your studies without a break – will be subject to a 2.5% increase (subject to rounding).

Living costs

Find out typical living costs for studying at Sussex

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

You can borrow up to £10,280 to help with fees and living costs if your course starts on or after 1 August 2017. Loans are available from the Student Loans Company if you’re from the UK or if you’re an EU national studying for a Masters.

Find out more about Postgraduate Masters Loans

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

How Masters scholarships make studying more affordable

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Careers

At Sussex, you gain skills in critical assessment and written communication while also developing your abilities in problem solving and independent thinking. Creative and Critical Writing graduates often use these skills in careers in:

  • publishing, journalism and editing
  • libraries, teaching and consultancy
  • media, marketing and events management.

Other graduates have gone on to do further research and work in academia. Some of our MA students have taken up funded doctoral study at universities including Cambridge, Bristol, Johns Hopkins, Pennsylvania, Yale and Sussex, among many others.

Graduate destinations

93% of students from the School of English were in work or further study six months after graduating. Our students have gone on to jobs including:

  • publications controller, Oxford University Press
  • web content developer, The British Library
  • bookshop manager, Waterstones.

(EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015 for postgraduates)

Creative and Critical Writing Dissertation

  • 60 credits
  • Summer Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module gives you the opportunity to undertake supervised work on a dissertation of up to 20,000 words, on a topic of your choice agreed with your supervisor. If you are a part-time student, you will begin your background reading for the dissertation in the first summer term and vacation of your studies.

Blackness, Innocence, Modernity

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

In this module you will theorise modernity’s deeply racialised encounters with the temporalities of innocence.

You historicise psychoanalytic and anthropological discourses of development in concepts of childhood, primitivism, and deferral.

You also examine how the production of innocence structures legal, epistemological, and aesthetic questions in U.S. literature and culture.

You will write a series of blog posts and a research essay.

Creativity and Utopia

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module explores the intimate relationship between creativity and utopia, as it is played out in literary and theoretical texts from More to the present day. It examines the extent to which the art work can create new worlds (brave or otherwise), and traces the historical changes in the utopian function of literature, in its various philosophical, literary and theoretical manifestations. After an initial grounding in More's "Utopia", the module moves through some key eighteenth and nineteenth century utopias, before focusing on the ways in which utopian thought is refashioned in modernist and contemporary writing. In paying attention to the changing function of utopian thinking in twentieth century literature, the module also explores how the theoretical developments of the modern and contemporary period have inherited a utopian legacy. How has Marxist utopian thinking informed modern and contemporary utopianism? How does the Frankfurt School investment in utopian thought relate to Derridean and Deleuzian conceptions of utopian possibility? The relationship between creativity and utopia will be explored both through the reading of several key utopian texts, and through reflections on the practice of creative writing.

Psychoanalysis and Creative Writing

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

Psychoanalysis has exciting and major implications for all kinds of writing, not least that sort called 'creative'. This module will focus on some of the ways in which a close reading of psychoanalytic texts, especially those of Sigmund Freud himself, can be linked to the theory and practice of creative writing. We will look in particular detail at how Freud's work illuminates the question of literature (and vice versa) in relation to such topics as the uncanny, fantasy and day-dreaming, story-telling and the death drive, chance, humour, mourning and loss. Concentrating on detailed reading and discussion of a series of psychoanalytic, critical and literary texts, the module will lead you through to having an opportunity to submit a term-paper work that may (if you wish) include a creative writing as well as a critical component.

Capital and Poetics

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

Poetry in English is today more diversely invigorated by the ideas of Karl Marx and the tradition of critical theory his works helped to inspire than at any point since the 1930s.

For several decades, and in particular since the financial crash of 2008, many poets in North America and in the UK have tried to figure out how poetry itself might do the work that Marx called the ‘critique of political economy’.

Investigations by poets into the potential of poetry as a kind of explosive or hyperactive critique—not knowledge about the world, simply, but an attack on it—long ago exceeded the competence of traditional ‘Marxist literary criticism’ to analyse poetry’s new powers of signifying and shaping experience.

The aim of this seminar will be to investigate whether the greatest and most radical work by Marx, Capital, might itself be made to yield, through close reading and philological reinterpretation, a ‘poetics’ adequate to the task of analysing and evaluating the most radical poetry of the contemporary moment.

Deconstruction and Creative Writing

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module focuses on deconstruction, especially in relation to the work of Jacques Derrida, and on the theory and practice of creative writing. Following a preliminary discussion of the question 'what is deconstruction?', we will explore a series of topics including the gift, madness, secrets and drugs. You will explore texts by Kafka, Borges, Katherine Mansfield, Blanchot and Harry Mathews, for example, as well as work by Derrida and Cixous. You will concentrating on detailed reading and discussion of a range of deconstructive, critical and literary texts.

You will have the opporutinity to submit a term-paper that can (if you wish), include a creative writing as well as a critical component.

Experimental Writing

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module considers why and how writers produce new forms. We explore the historical and current uses of a variety of names for writing that defies generic expectations (such as innovative, avant-garde, experimental, difficult and cross-genre).

You are required to read a wide range of exemplary texts (likely but not necessarily chosen from the modern and contemporary periods) that eschew easy generic categorisation. A particular theme or problem may be selected by the tutor each year (e.g. cross-genre writing, innovative poetics, documentary writing or speculative fiction). Readings might include work by Walter Benjamin, Andrea Brady, Anne Carson, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Renee Gladman, Bernadette Mayer, Fred Moten, Harryette Mullen, Maggie Nelson, Raymond Queneau, Charles Resnikoff, Sophie Robinson, Fran Ross, Muriel Rukeyser and Monique Wittig.

Critical inquiry will focus on the effects of formal techniques within specific literary historical and social contexts. You will also develop your own writing and up to half of class time may be devoted to workshopping student work. As a writer you may be asked to identify the tensions or contradictions that animate your writing and to work up in structured, experimental or procedural fashion a set of formal mechanisms for reframing these tensions.

The module will help you to bring creative writing and critical practice together in order to best navigate your aims and objectives for writing. Final assessment will involve a 6,000-word critical/creative dissertation.

The Migrant Writer: Postcolonialism and Creativity

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

To write is to travel' according to Iain Chambers; the module will use this idea to explore the displacement of the writing subject within the historical context of twentieth century migration, postcolonialism and globalisation. The work of key migrant writers will be analysed in relation to central concepts in literary and cultural criticism: hybridity and dialogical discourse, the development of 'border languages', mimicry and the migrant subject, homelessness and the creation of new cartographies, and diasporic and non-originary histories. In the process the centrality of migration, exile and displacement to a range of critical and theoretical approaches will be highlighted.

Voices in the Archives: Writing from History

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

In this module you will consider how writers draw on history to shape their creative writing.

You will think about how different literary genres engage with the past through form, narrative and literary language, and look at the cultural impact of contemporary historical fiction. You will also consider work by poets and film-makers.

Authors studied may include Sarah Waters, Ian McEwan, Toni Morrison, Hilary Mantel, David Dabydeen, Mario Petrucci, George Szirtes and Michel Hazanavicius.

You will take part in creative workshops and develop key research skills, exploring the methodological implications of using physical and virtual archives.

You will work with historical newspapers, letters, diaries, prints, photographs and other documents to experiment with using language from the past to inflect contemporary voices.

Topics for discussion include the critical and ethical implications of writing about real historical events and characters. You will consider how contemporary writing is founded on a long tradition of writing from history, often re-visiting the past with a particular political or creative agenda, from Shakespeare and Dickens onwards.

You'll also explore how recent historical fiction interacts with other genres, for example in the fantasies of Susanna Clarke and Angela Carter and consider theoretical work on memory and nostalgia by critics such as Mieke Bal and Svetlana Boym.

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