Creative Writing with English Literary Studies MA - 2019 Entry

Entry Year
2019

Duration
Full time 12 Month(s), Part time 24 Month(s)

Course Overview

The MA Creative Writing with English Literary Studies provides a rare opportunity to combine creative and critical writing at Masters level. It’s your chance to learn from the prize-winning, practising authors who lead our long-established Creative Writing scheme and to engage with a vibrant literary culture.

During your studies you will develop strategies for initiating new work, explore verbal textures and narrative structures, and enhance your knowledge of literary forms and conventions. You will hone your critical and creative skills, employ reflective practice, and learn the art of redrafting, revision and close editing. The nature of research within creative writing practice will also be considered as you evolve your own creative and critical portfolio.

Core modules are Research Methods and Professional Practice, which examine the professional and ethical issues around creative writing and help you to develop your reflective practice skills. Four elective modules are then split between Creative Writing and English Literary Studies - those on offer explore a wide range of literary fields and genres, including Psychogeographies, Short Fiction, Poetry, Landscape Writing, the Lyric Essay, Radio Drama, Modern, Contemporary, Romantic, Victorian and Early Modern Literature.

You will also complete a Creative Writing dissertation, which is a 15,000 creative project (or the equivalent for Poetry or Script Writing) and includes a critically reflective essay of 3-5,000 words. All students deliver a research-based talk at our annual MA Showcase - previous events have been held in partnership with Lancaster LitFest and the Dukes theatre.

Your postgraduate degree prepares you for careers in journalism, publishing, reading development, community arts and public relations, as well as PhD research. The critical and creative skills developed through your studies will also enhance your employability.

Part time and full time study options are available.

  • Course Overview

    Course Overview

    The MA Creative Writing with English Literary Studies provides a rare opportunity to combine creative and critical writing at Masters level. It’s your chance to learn from the prize-winning, practising authors who lead our long-established Creative Writing scheme and to engage with a vibrant literary culture.

    During your studies you will develop strategies for initiating new work, explore verbal textures and narrative structures, and enhance your knowledge of literary forms and conventions. You will hone your critical and creative skills, employ reflective practice, and learn the art of redrafting, revision and close editing. The nature of research within creative writing practice will also be considered as you evolve your own creative and critical portfolio.

    Core modules are Research Methods and Professional Practice, which examine the professional and ethical issues around creative writing and help you to develop your reflective practice skills. Four elective modules are then split between Creative Writing and English Literary Studies - those on offer explore a wide range of literary fields and genres, including Psychogeographies, Short Fiction, Poetry, Landscape Writing, the Lyric Essay, Radio Drama, Modern, Contemporary, Romantic, Victorian and Early Modern Literature.

    You will also complete a Creative Writing dissertation, which is a 15,000 creative project (or the equivalent for Poetry or Script Writing) and includes a critically reflective essay of 3-5,000 words. All students deliver a research-based talk at our annual MA Showcase - previous events have been held in partnership with Lancaster LitFest and the Dukes theatre.

    Your postgraduate degree prepares you for careers in journalism, publishing, reading development, community arts and public relations, as well as PhD research. The critical and creative skills developed through your studies will also enhance your employability.

    Part time and full time study options are available.

  • Course Structure

    Course Structure

    You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.

      Core

      Optional

    Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.

  • Key Information

    Key Information


    Director of Studies:
     Jenn Ashworth

    Entry requirements: 

    2:1 (Hons) degree (UK) or equivalent in English Literature or related subject, for example literature in other languages.

    If you have studied outside of the UK, you can check your qualifications here: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/international-qualifications/

    Additional Requirements

    As part of your application you will also need to provide

    • a sample of your academic writing about literature

    • a portfolio of original writing (no more than 12 poems or 20 pages of prose/scriptwriting) showing potential for publication.

    IELTS: 

    Overall score of at least 7.0, with no individual element below 6.5

    We consider tests from other providers, which can be found here:  http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/international-students/english-requirements/requirements-p2/

    If your score is below our requirements we may consider you for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes

    Pre-sessional English language programmes available:

    10 Week – Overall score of at least 6.0, with no individual element below 6.0

    http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/international-students/pre-sessional-english-language/postgraduate-students/

    4 Week – Overall score of at least 6.5, with no individual element below 6.0

    http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/linguistics/study/summer-schools/english-for-academic-purposes/

    Assessment: Combination of coursework, dissertation/portfolio and research methodology portfolio

    Funding:

    Funding may be available, further information can be found here:

    http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/arts-and-social-sciences/study/postgraduate/funding/

    http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/postgraduate-fees-and-funding/postgraduate-scholarships-&-bursaries/

  • Fees

    Fees

    Fees

    Full Time (per year) Part Time (per year)
    UK/EU £8,500 £4,250
    Overseas £17,500 £8,750

    The University will not increase the Tuition Fee you are charged during the course of an academic year.

    If you are studying on a programme of more than one year's duration, the tuition fees for subsequent years of your programme are likely to increase each year. The way in which continuing students' fee rates are determined varies according to an individual's 'fee status' as set out on our fees webpages.

    What are tuition fees for?

    Studying at a UK University means that you need to pay an annual fee for your tuition, which covers the costs associated with teaching, examinations, assessment and graduation.

    The fee that you will be charged depends on whether you are considered to be a UK, EU or overseas student. Visiting students will be charged a pro-rata fee for periods of study less than a year.

    Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12 month session, which usually runs from October to September the following year.

    How does Lancaster set overseas tuition fees?

    Overseas fees, alongside all other sources of income, allow the University to maintain its abilities across the range of activities and services. Each year the University's Finance Committee consider recommendations for increases to fees proposed for all categories of student and this takes into account a range of factors including projected cost inflation for the University, comparisons against other high-quality institutions and external financial factors such as projected exchange rate movements.

    What support is available towards tuition fees?

    Lancaster University's priority is to support every student in making the most of their education. Many of our students each year will be entitled to bursaries or scholarships to help with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. You can find out more about financial support, studentships, and awards for postgraduate study on our website.

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