Taught course


Queen Mary, University of London · School of English and Drama

Entry requirements

Most applicants will have an undergraduate degree with a first or good upper second class honours (or equivalent) in a Humanities discipline (for example Drama, English, History, or Philosophy). Where a North American marking scheme is used, applicants should have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.5.

Promising applicants who do not meet the formal academic criteria but who possess relevant credentials and who can demonstrate their ability to produce written work at masters level will also be considered. Applicants may be invited to interview or asked to submit examples of written and/or creative work. We welcome applications from mature and non-traditional students.

Months of entry


Course content

Our new MA in Poetry provides the unique opportunity to study historical and contemporary poetic practices while studying in London, the heart of the nation’s creative industries. The programme offers a distinctive mix of specialised attention to the genre of poetry, the chance to develop your own poetic practice, and arranged work placements within the cultural and creative sector.
Drawing on the resources and expertise of Queen Mary’s Centre for Poetry, the programme is flexible and genuinely interdisciplinary. You will be able to pursue your own analytical and creative projects, driven by the work you’ll do on an extensive list of optional modules from Schools across the College. Modules allow you to pursue topics as diverse as modernist poetry; sociolinguistics; or art and the geography of the city.
On this pathway you will:
  • Explore historic and contemporary theoretical and critical approaches to the study of poetry
  • Pursue interdisciplinary approaches to poetry through choosing from a wide selection of modules offered in English, Languages, Linguistics, Film, Geography, and History
  • Undertake a placement with a literary or cultural organisation, a publisher, an educational institution, or a community group
  • Work alongside leading academics and contemporary poets
  • Develop advanced skills in argumentation, analysis, and independent inquiry.

Information for international students

We welcome applications from international students. Where a North American marking scheme is used, applicants should have a minimum GPA of 3.5. For other international qualifications, please see here.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Funding opportunities will be announced in 2016. Please keep checking the main QMUL website.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment67

Course contact details

School of English and Drama
+44 (0)20 7882 8571