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MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes

MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes

Part-time MSc exploring therapeutic dimensions of creative writing and story. Study individual and societal narratives. Part online and part in-person at weekends. Develop your practice and skills as facilitator, writer, researcher. Apply for Sept 2024.

Director of Studies: Fiona Hamilton

Applications now open

We are accepting applications for this programme. Click here to apply. 

Interested? Come to an Introductory Workshop to find out more. Click here for information and to register


About the course

Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes is a growing field of research and practice. This unique non-clinical MSc course gives students the opportunity to learn experientially through writing and discussion, to receive taught content on theory, and to develop skills and resources for working in the field of CWTP. The core values of the course are humanistic and person-centred, emphasising people’s potential for growth, change and movement in a positive direction in their lives. 

Time commitment: The programme is taught over 10 weekends per academic year, in each of the first two years – 7 weekends Live Online and 3 weekends In Person in Bristol UK (November, end of March, beginning of July - there is no online teaching on these days). Students require a minimum of 5 hours’ personal study time per week. Participants undertake a research project in Year Three. 

Contact days and hours are 09.00 - 17.00 BST

Please click here for a Summary of this course and scroll down this page for video.


Who is this course for?

  • People with an interest in writing in a broad sense including literature, stories, narratives and spoken word, and in how working with these can contribute to wellbeing on individual and social levels 
  • People currently working, or aiming to work with others who seek training to prepare them for working with CWTP 
  • People in other fields who wish to employ the resources and practices of CWTP to tackle problems, enhance organisations and communities, or envision pathways in diverse cultures and settings 

The course offers students opportunities  

  • to engage with creative writing using diverse forms and approaches
  • to find their own voice in practising CWTP 
  • to build knowledge and skills with emphasis on the integration of theory and practice 
  • engage experiential learning, group work, practical skills training, peer feedback, and creative and personal development 

Applicants are required to submit examples of their creative writing with a reflective commentary on the process of writing one or more pieces

To find out what our students say about the course: click here.  

For a list of our diverse completed MSc CWTP research topics click here 

For course dates click here

To enquire further about the MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes please use the form below. Experienced CWTP practitioners can enquire about entering the course in Year Two via the Accredited Prior Learning Route.

If you have any queries or if you require more information please contact Cristina via email cristina.soares@metanoia.ac.uk  

For academic related queries please contact Fiona Hamilton fiona.hamilton@metanoia.ac.uk  

We also offer a Practitioner Certificate in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes for Therapists (click here)





This programme is validated and quality assured by Middlesex University and you will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion.

Middlesex University Programme Spec 

Metanoia Institute has begun the process to be able to award its own degrees. This will not affect students starting in 2023. Please see here for further details

MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes

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