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Aberystwyth University

Literature and Creative Writing

The Aberystwyth Master's course in Literature and Creative Writing is your opportunity to combine the practice of creative writing with an in-depth exploration of literary studies. You will be required to engage with a range of writers and writing techniques so that you can develop your own creative approach and improve your own writing. You will also engage in discussions about theory and the wider issues of textual analysis and the craft of writing, including writing for publication and the importance of research. You will receive individual tuition from expert departmental staff and, under their guidance, produce a substantial dissertation or portfolio of creative writing. In addition, you will develop a host of key transferable skills which will help you excel in further academic study or employment.
Duration 12 months
Level MA
Cost UK/EU students (2015/2016): £5600 International students (2014/2015): £11,250
This MA course is designed to help you develop your creative vision and critical approach to both writing and textual analysis. In a balanced programme of writing workshops and study of literary texts, you will choose modules to a total of 60 credits in Creative Writing and a total of 60 credits from Literary Studies. You will then demonstrate your learning through the completion of a 60-credit project in the form of a Creative Writing portfolio or a Literary Studies dissertation. By the time you graduate, you will be a more productive writer, reader and researcher, capable of constructive and critical evaluation of your own and others' work. An important part of the MA is your Literary Studies dissertation or Creative Writing portfolio. Aberystwyth University takes great care in assigning a supervisor to each student whose interests will be as closely matched to yours as possible. In tackling the subject, you will be required to produce original writing that is rigorously researched, and justified in appropriate analytical terms. This piece may define your way forward into writing-related work or further study, either as a writer or critic and researcher. Assessment takes the form of; research proposals including a related bibliographic element, case studies, oral assessments and essays. Each student will produce a substantial final project piece, in the form of either a literary studies dissertation or creative writing portfolio.
An Honours degree (Class 2 division 1) or equivalent in a related discipline, plus two satisfactory references.
Contact Information
Institution Aberystwyth University
Aberystwyth University
Penglais Campus
SY23 3DY

Tel: (01970) 621945
Fax: (01970) 622530
Department: Department of English & Creative Writing
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