Research course

Poetry as Practice

University of Kent · School of English
MA by research

Entry requirements

A first or upper second class honours degree from a UK university (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject. Candidates will also have a demonstrable background in poetry which may include professional experience or a taught MA programme. Candidates will be required to submit a sample of published or unpublished writing of excellent quality in order to be considered for this programme.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications.

Months of entry


Course content

Your project will be an extended creative project, consisting of between 30 and 40 poems, or, in the case of long poems, between 420 and 560 lines, or, in the case of prose poems, between 30 and 40 pages.

This sequence of poems will be accompanied by a critical, or theoretical essay of between 8,000 and 10,000 words, and a bibliography of works you have used to research your creative and critical work. The final assessment of the MA will be by examination of the coursework and, where necessary, by viva voce examination.

You are welcome to approach the Director of Creative Writing with proposals, or to discuss with him ideas that might be in the early stages of development, as well as discuss proposals with the tutors listed below. Areas of current interest for members of staff are: journal poetry, translation, avant-garde poetry, avant-garde performance poetry, political poetry, feminist poetry and poetics.

There are three members of staff available to work with students: Dr Simon Smith, Patricia Debney and Dorothy Lehane.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA by research
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Admissions Enquiries
+44 (0)1227 827272