University of Hull

Degree level: Postgraduate

MA in Creative Writing and English Literature (Taught)

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Course summary

Literature is a dynamic force for change. Hull English postgraduates gain insight into society, culture and politics by developing an understanding of the power of language. This MA provides students with a thorough grounding in research methods and practices. This course can be tailor-made to your interests in either Creative Writing or English Literature, or both. In this fully flexible MA programme, you choose to focus on the writers, or forms of writing, that most interest you. Our MA English programme comes highly recommended, receiving 100% overall satisfaction from our MA students in the national 2023/24 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES), with 100% agreeing that they feel better prepared for their future career. The literature modules explore cutting-edge themes within English Studies, including gender and sexuality, climate fiction, intertextuality, and the history of the emotions. Creative Writing modules allow students to focus their interests on both fiction and non-fiction prose forms, as well as sci-fi and fantasy. The MA programme culminates in a summer research project – either a dissertation or creative writing portfolio, depending on your interests: you choose the project, and then work on it over the summer months with dedicated support from a subject specialist in English Literature or Creative Writing.

Modules

Compulsory modules All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time. Research, Creativity and Engagement You'll be trained in research and practice-based methods in literary studies, creative writing or both. You'll work with the University-based Journal of Gender Studies to develop your reviewing skills or preparing your work for publication skills. You'll then present aspects of your research at a conference day. Dissertation You will make an original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up a project on a topic of your choice, supported by your dissertation supervisor. Creative Writing Portfolio Creative writing students can opt for the Creative Writing Portfolio, rather than the Dissertation. Supported by a supervisor you will produce a substantial piece of creative writing, such as a novel extract, a novella, a group of short stories, a collection of poetry, or a script/screenplay. Optional modules All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time. Literature and the Emotions Reading Like a Writer Gender in Popular Culture Shakespearean Transformations Climate Fiction: Writing Water in a Warming World Writing Creative Non-Fiction: Reflecting Reality Writing Prose Fiction: The Long and the Short of It Writing Sci-Fi and Fantasy

Assessment method

All our students undertake a core training module in advanced level literary studies and creative writing – Research, Creativity, and Engagement – in trimester 1. This culminates in a one-day postgraduate conference, student-led and supported by the module tutors and convenor. All students choose three further options across trimesters 1 and 2, from the indicative list of modules below. There is a final dissertation or creative portfolio worth 60 credits, and taught modules are worth 120 credits in total (30 credits each module). Teaching methods will include seminars, creative writing workshops, student presentations and small group exercises.


How to apply

International applicants

IIf you require a Student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level. This course requires academic IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University. If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses. If your English currently does not reach the required standard, you may be interested in our pre-sessional English Language programmes. Visit your country page to find out more about entry requirements.

Entry requirements

We normally require a 2:2 undergraduate degree in English (literary studies/creative writing) or a cognate humanities discipline or international equivalent. With your application, you must submit a satisfactory 2000 to 3000-word sample of your written work, consisting of either literary criticism or creative writing, on a subject of your choice. You can use written work that you have previously produced for your coursework. In order to ensure our students have a rich learning and student experience, most of our programmes have a mix of domestic and international students. We reserve the right to close applications early to either group, if application volumes suggest that this blend cannot be achieved. In addition, existing undergraduate students at the University of Hull have a guaranteed ‘Fast Track’ route to any postgraduate programme, subject to meeting the entry criteria (excluding Social Work). In order to ensure our students have a rich learning and student experience, most of our programmes have a mix of domestic and international students. We reserve the right to close applications early to either group, if application volumes suggest that this blend cannot be achieved. In addition, existing undergraduate students at the University of Hull have a guaranteed ‘Fast Track’ route to any postgraduate programme, subject to meeting the entry criteria.


English language requirements

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level. This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill.

English Language Requirements

https://www.hull.ac.uk/choose-hull/study-at-hull/admissions/english-language-requirements


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £1165 Credit
England £1165 Credit
Northern Ireland £1165 Credit
Scotland £1165 Credit
Wales £1165 Credit
Channel Islands £1165 Credit
EU £12000 Whole course
International £12000 Whole course

Additional fee information

All fees are subject to change
MA in Creative Writing and English Literature at University of Hull - UCAS