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Coventry University

Academic Writing Theory and Practice

This course is available as: Academic Writing Theory and Practice MA degree course / Academic Writing Theory and Practice PGDip course / Academic Development PgCert course. The Master’s Degree in Academic Writing Theory and Practice offers a new type of qualification aimed at graduates and professionals interested in studying, researching, and teaching writing. The course focuses on writing, rhetoric, and literacies research and on the ways this research informs the teaching of writing. The programme is based upon Coventry University’s international reputation in the teaching of academic writing at the Centre for Academic Writing.
Duration 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Level MA, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma
Cost UK Home/EU Tuition Fees from 2012/13: £4,860. International Tuition Fees: ££9,660. Diploma Fees: £1,450. PgCert Fees: £1,620.
The programme will be delivered in both part-time and full-time modes. In part-time mode, it will involve blended learning, including one four-day face-to-face session and on-line seminars for each module. In full-time mode, it will involve classroom (lectures, seminars, and workshops) delivery at Coventry University. Each module is worth 15 credits with the dissertation or portfolio of 60 credits.
Successful applicants must normally hold a second class honours degree or equivalent. Any candidates with degrees across the Humanities, Social Sciences and (Applied) Sciences, and with an interest in academic writing, are welcome to apply. Applicants who can demonstrate relevant experience at an appropriate professional level but do not have the formal academic entry qualifications may also be admitted, subject to an application and assessment. Applications to the course are encouraged from all suitably qualified persons, irrespective of age, race, gender or disability. The applications and admissions procedure conforms to the University's policy on Equal Opportunities. Applicants who are not native speakers of English need to have a minimum of 6.5 in their IELTS test, with a minimum score of 6 in writing. Equivalent qualifications in English language proficiency may be accepted.
As part of the programme, you will explore: Researching, theorising and conceptualising writing, Teaching academic writing to speakers of English as a second or additional language, Supporting the academic writing of international academics, Professional academic writing development techniques, Writing programme management and development, Rhetorical theory. As students on the Academic Writing course you will be able to: research and analyse independently student and professional academic writing use your research and background knowledge to support native and non-native English-speaking writers, develop and manage a writing programme, support professional academic writing for publication in English as an additional language. Mandatory modules: Teaching Academic Writing, Publishing in English as an Academic Lingua Franca, Forms and Practices of Disciplinary Writing, Writing Programme Development and Management, Researching Academic and Professional Writing: Text Focus, Researching Academic and Professional Writing: Practices and Processes, Academic Writing and the Transnationalisation of Knowledge, Rhetorical Theory, Dissertation Research and Writing, Professional Portfolio in Supporting Academic Writing. Masters with Merit is awarded for an overall mean mark of 60% but less than 70%. Masters with Distinction is awarded for an overall mean mark of 70% or higher.
Contact Information
Institution Coventry University
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Priory Street,

Tel: +44 (0) 24 7688 7903
Fax: +44 24 7615 2175
Department: Centre for Academic Writing
Contact Name: MA/PG Dip/PG Cert Course Director: Dr. Erik Borg
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