Queen Mary University of London

Queen Mary University of London


This course provides students a mix of specialised attention to the genre of poetry, the chance to develop their own poetic practice, and arranged work placements within the cultural and creative sector. Students explore historic and contemporary theoretical and critical approaches to the study of poetry.

Entry requirements

Most applicants will have an undergraduate degree with a 1st or good upper 2nd class honours (or equivalent) in a Humanities discipline (for example Drama, English, History, or Philosophy). Where a North American marking scheme is used, applicants should have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.5.Promising applicants who do not meet the formal academic criteria but who possess relevant credentials and who can demonstrate their ability to produce written work at masters level will also be considered. Applicants may be invited to interview or asked to submit examples of written and/or creative work. We welcome applications from mature and non-traditional students.

Course modules

Compulsory modules: introduction to poetics; resources for research (non-assessed); poetry at work (non-assessed); optional modules: the propaganda war in London, 1793-1796; romantic manifestos; selfhood and enlightenment in the long Eighteenth century; sociability: literature and the city, 1660-1780; aestheticism and fin-de-siecle literature; forms of modernism; African literary and textual cultures; postcolonialism, language, and identity; modernism and Ireland; imagining the modern Caribbean; writing the east end; cultural legacies of the First World War; narrative, poetry, and storytelling in the 21st century; peripheral modernities; writing and the present; being an author, 1450-1550; the spatial turn: history, literature, and geography; from the school of languages, linguistics, and film: sex, gender and language. Thinking translation; from the school of history: cultural history: Europe and America. From the school of geography: cultural geographies in practice; art, performance and the city. From the school of law: intellectual property and the creative industries; legal reasoning in theory and practice. From the school of electronic engineering and computer science: digital arts documentary.

Assessment methods

Written essays of 4,000 words, practical projects, and performances. Students are able to formulate their own projects in consultation with module convenors. These projects are worth 67 percent of the overall grade. Students also complete a 15,000 word dissertation (either a single critical essay, or a combination of poetry accompanied by a critical commentary), which is worth 33 percent of the overall grade.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 7,950 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 14,400 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 3,975 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 7,200 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Mile End Tower Hamlets E1 4NS South East

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