Research course

Poetry as Practice

University of Kent · School of English
MA by research

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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 Candidates will be required to submit a sample of published or unpublished writing of excellent quality in order to be considered for this programme.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, professional qualifications and relevant experience may also be taken into account when considering applications.

Months of entry


Course content

The Poetry as Practice MA is a creative writing programme for advanced poetry practitioners.

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 two members of staff available to work with students: Dr Simon Smith, and Dorothy Lehane.

Information for international students

Please see our International website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information. Due to visa restrictions, international fee-paying students cannot study part-time unless undertaking a distance or blended-learning programme with no on-campus provision.

English language entry requirements

The University requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree. Certain subjects require a higher level.

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages.

Need help with English?

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

Fees and funding

For further information about funding, including scholarships, please visit our funding web pages.

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

School of English
+44 (0)1227 768896