English and Creative Writing - MA/PgD/PgC 

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Course Overview

MA English & Creative Writing is a rewarding taught degree, combining the study of English with the theoretical and practical component of fiction writing.

The English part of the degree analyses historic and contemporary textual representations of place, theorising cultural practices of location and space. The Creative Writing modules are specifically designed to develop you as a writer of fiction. A critical but supportive environment is achieved through a combination of workshops, research seminars and e-learning. You will be introduced to the practicalities of preparing and submitting your work for possible publication.

Course Content

Typical Modules:

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Short Story Writing provides a thorough introduction to the short story. This is done through two distinct, but integrated, approaches: a detailed historical analysis of the development of the short story, with particular focus on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; and secondly through the creative practice itself. Each week you’ll be encouraged to explore key techniques and approaches in your own writing, posting your work up on the module blog.

Novel Writing extends and deepens your engagement with fiction writing. The module provides you with a thorough introduction to the novel as a distinct fictional genre in the twenty-first century. As well as examining key works, you'll also be working on your own creative practice. A key part of the module focuses on the preparation of your work for.

The modules undertaken on the English side of the degree are Literature and Landscapes, and Writing the City. These address the historic, contextual and cultural construction of text, focussing on the inter-relationship between the individual and place.

In Literature and Landscapes, you’ll examine artistic and literary representations of landscape, and engage with the complex social, cultural and aesthetic factors that contribute to the formation of identity. The module provides a comparative foundation from which you’ll consider representations of the urban encountered in Writing the City.

In this module you’ll explore representations of urban space in literary fiction, including writers such as Paul Auster, Peter Ackroyd and Jeanette Winterson. In addition, Critical Practice encourages you to think about your place within academia, and how your work fits into on-going theoretical debates in your discipline, identifying and considering areas of conflict. An attention to research and critical practice prepares you for the dissertation enabling you to pursue a negotiated area of extended study that could include a portfolio of creative work with critical commentary.

One of the great strengths of the programme is its flexibility. MA English and Creative Writing can be studied either full or part time. Modules can be taken individually, allowing you to control the pace and depth of your postgraduate study. Programme delivery is enhanced by the university’s commitment to e-learning.

Employability & Careers

Cardiff has one of the largest media and creative-industry sectors outside London, including BBC Wales, ITV Wales, S4C, BBC Cymru Wales, the Western Mail and Wales on Sunday.

MA English & Creative Writing is perfectly situated to draw on this experience.

This degree will encourage you to develop the valuable skills of autonomy, effective collaboration, self-direction, organisation, initiative and adaptability that are highly regarded in the workplace.

In October 2011, the School published The C Word, an anthology of student writing, edited by Dr Kate North and published by Cinnamon Press.

Emre Karatoprak (MA Creative Writing) had his first novel published on Amazon, Türbülans (2013).

Alex Sambrook (MA Creative Writing) had a short story shortlisted in the prestigious Bridport Short Story Competition (2012).

Stacey Taylor, MA English & Creative Writing (full time), won the It Started With a Kiss competition run by Authonomy in November 2011 with a 416 word flash fiction.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should usually have a first or upper second-class honours degree, in a relevant subject. Students that meet the criteria may be invited for interview.

Key Facts

Campus: Cyncoed

School: Cardiff School of Education

Course Length: 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

There are a number of ways you can undertake postgraduate study with us.

  • If you wish, you can simply take individual modules (perhaps just one, or more, depending on your interest)
  • If you wish to go further, you might choose to complete a Postgraduate Certificate (three modules chosen from a postgraduate programme)
  • Further still, you might wish to undertake a Postgraduate Diploma (six modules from one of our programmes)
  • Or you might wish to go for a Master's Degree, submitting a dissertation after completing the six taught modules

It's completely up to you.

All options are taught either full or part time. All teaching is done in the evening, full time on Mondays and Wednesdays, part time just one evening a week.

Assessment occurs through a variety of approaches, including written assignments, annotated bibliographies, synopsis of creative work, poster presentations, reflective blog, seminar presentations, portfolio, and dissertation.

Selection Procedure:
Application form, CV and interview.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made direct to the university via our self-service facility. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply.

International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/international.

Tuition Fees and Financial Support:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available. Please refer to www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/fees.

Postgraduate Scholarships:
The university also offers a postgraduate scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/scholarships.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Student Recruitment Team on 029 2041 6044 or email courses@cardiffmet.ac.uk

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Dr Spencer Jordan:
Email: sjordan@cardiffmet.ac.uk
Tel: 029 2041 7246

See Also:
Cardiff School of Education Website
Department of Humanities Website