Taught course

Literature and Creative Writing

Institution
Aberystwyth University · Department of English Literature
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

A good 2nd class Honours degree or equivalent in a related discipline, plus two satisfactory references.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The Aberystwyth Master's course in Literature and Creative Writing is your opportunity to combine the practice of creative writing with an in-depth exploration of literary studies. You will be required to engage with a range of writers and writing techniques so that you can develop your own creative approach and improve your own writing. You will also engage in discussions about theory and the wider issues of textual analysis and the craft of writing, including writing for publication and the importance of research.

You will receive individual tuition from expert departmental staff and, under their guidance, produce a substantial dissertation or portfolio of creative writing. In addition, you will develop a host of key transferable skills which will help you excel in further academic study or employment.

This MA course is designed to help you develop your creative vision and critical approach to both writing and textual analysis. In a balanced programme of writing workshops and study of literary texts, you will choose modules to a total of 60 credits in Creative Writing and a total of 60 credits from Literary Studies. You will then demonstrate your learning through the completion of a 60-credit project in the form of a Creative Writing portfolio or a Literary Studies dissertation. By the time you graduate, you will be a more productive writer, reader and researcher, capable of constructive and critical evaluation of your own and others' work.

An important part of the MA is your Literary Studies dissertation or Creative Writing portfolio. Aberystwyth University takes great care in assigning a supervisor to each student whose interests will be as closely matched to yours as possible. In tackling the subject, you will be required to produce original writing that is rigorously researched, and justified in appropriate analytical terms. This piece may define your way forward into writing-related work or further study, either as a writer or critic and researcher.

Employability

Every Master's course at Aberystwyth University is specifically designed to enhance your employability. In addition to developing your writing and research abilities, this course will help you to master key skills that are required in almost every postgraduate workplace. You will be pushed to improve your approaches to planning, analysis and presentation so that you can tackle complex projects thoroughly and with professional independence, and confidently present robust projects to the scrutiny of a group. Your Master's in Literature and Creative Writing will place you in the jobs marketplace as a professional writer with highly desirable skills suitable for a career in the arts, literature, journalism and many others.

Information for international students

English language requirements - http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/howtoapply/before-you-apply/english-language/

Fees and funding

Please see: www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/funding-fees & http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/funding-fees/calculator/
The Department will award a number of studentships. The awards, covering fees, are open to postgraduate applicants in all areas of literary studies and creative writing. There is no separate application form. Applicants must apply for the standard way. further details: Julie Roberts, jxr@aber.ac.uk

Qualification and course duration

MA

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Julie Roberts
Email
english@aber.ac.uk
Phone
(01970) 621945