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Bangor University

Creative Writing

The MA in Creative Writing in the School of English at Bangor offers a unique opportunity to pursue individual interests in writing while working as part of a supportive group of students in a lively creative environment.
Duration 1 year FT, 2 years PT
Level MA, Postgraduate Diploma
Cost UK Home/EU Tuition Fees 2012/13: £3,375. International Tuition Fees 2012/13: £9,800
 
You will be joining a vibrant postgraduate community and a School with significant experience in teaching creative writing at postgraduate level. Staff members who teach on the MA are not only published authors in various fields, but are also involved in a variety of editing and other literary activities in Wales and beyond, from organizing readings to adjudicating major literary awards; Zoe Skoulding is editor of Poetry Wales, while Ian Gregson is editor of Salt Wales. They also work closely with a range of colleagues and practising writers from elsewhere in the College of Education, Arts and Humanities. Students also have the opportunity to follow a range of training programmes offered through the University that significantly enhance their chances of finding work in the field of their choice.
Requirements
We would normally expect students starting an MA to hold a first class or a good second-class degree. We do, however, look at all applications on a case-by-case basis, and students have successfully completed the programme from a variety of backgrounds. If in doubt please contact the admissions tutor. Students should submit a writing sample of approximately 1,000 words with their application in the case of prose fiction, or a sample of five poems. Students whose first language is not English are expected to have achieved a TOEFL score of at least 600, with a TWE (written score) of 4; or IELTS score of at least 7.0 in all aspects of the test.
Modules
The MA Dissertation is your opportunity to produce a piece of writing of publishable standard with an accompanying commentary. You will work one-to-one with a member of staff who is actively engaged in the field of your dissertation, and produce either a part of a novel, a collection of short stories or poetry or any other type of writing with the agreement of your supervisor. The programme is made up of four taught modules (comprising the Diploma) and the Dissertation. The Introduction to Literary Research and Theory module provides the opportunity to work as a group with postgraduate students researching all aspects of creative writing and literary studies. This module offers the key skills and knowledge necessary for working at postgraduate level, and prepares those continuing to MPhil and PhD level for higher levels of study. Modules in Poetry and Prose are taught in small groups, often of not more than two or three, where students’ own work is examined in detail alongside discussion of the work of other writers. The final taught module of the Diploma is Dissertation Preparation, where the theme or genre chosen for the dissertation is explored in more detail.
Contact Information
Institution Bangor University
School of English, Bangor University
Ysgol Saesneg Prifysgol Cymru, Bangor
North Wales
LL57 2DG

Tel: 01248 382110
www.bangor.ac.uk/english
Department: School of English
Contact Name: Graduate Admissions Tutor
Contact Email: pgadmissionstutor@bangor.ac.uk