About the MSt

Oxford University’s Master of Studies in Creative Writing is a two-year, part-time master’s degree course offering a unique combination of high contact hours, genre specialization, and critical and creative breadth. The emphasis on the course is very much on widening students’ sense of what is possible in their own creative output, and on cross-genre exploration in their writerly practice as well as in their critical investigations. In Year One particularly, students are encouraged to experiment as widely as possible beyond the limits of what they have hitherto felt their writing might be aiming to do, while in Year Two they work on material and genre-specialisation of their own choosing.

We are currently accepting applications for September 2016 entry. There are two application deadlines, 22 January and 11 March 2016 (the University will accept applications on deadline days until 12 noon UK time). Both application deadlines relate to the same start date of September 2016.

The high number of contact hours in the MSt are concentrated into the residences and retreats, and the dates of the first year residences are as follows:

Residence 1: Friday 23 September 2016 – Monday 26 September 2016
Residence 2: Friday 20 January 2017 – Monday 23 January 2017
Residence 3: Monday 2nd May – Thursday 5 May 2017
Guided Retreat: Sunday 2 July 2017 – Tuesday 4 July 2017

For more information about the course, please visit www.conted.ox.ac.uk/mstcw or download the Course Brochure.


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