University of Portsmouth
This course encourages a lively environment where as a budding writer you can experiment, be imaginative and ambitious, as well as critically reflect on your practice. You will have the opportunity to write literary novels, historical fiction, crime, science fiction, children's stories, as well as screenwriting or short fiction we encourage and respect all genres.
MA: A minimum of a second-class honours degree in a related subject. Equivalent qualifications and/or notable experience as a creative writer will also be considered. An online portfolio submission may be required as part of the selection process. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
The course consists of units focusing on creative practice, academic contexts and critical understanding. For the final stage of the course you will write a creative dissertation which can take the form of a novel (or portion thereof - 30,000 to 40,000 words in length), a collection of prose, poetry or a screenplay. Here are the units you will study: Writer's Workshop - Exploration: In this unit, you will be encouraged to experiment in differing genres to build confidence in writing and research. Writer's Workshop - Resolution: During the course of this unit, you will research your chosen genre or idea and write a proposal and first chapters for the major project (dissertation). Your research and writing practice will be led by reading, discussion, debate and some substantial formative work that will eventually lead to the written proposal and/or opening chapters of a novel or pages of a screenplay or poetry. Critical Reading for Creative Writers: This is an essay-based unit, in which you will explore critical approaches to the written word with oral presentations and researched essays. Critical Thinking for Creative Writers: This unit allows you to approach a critical theory by relating it to your own creative writing, with reference to your major creative project. This unit is also essay-based. The Final Project - The Creative Writing Dissertation: This unit will allow you to complete a major work in any genre (prose, poetry or screenplay) of up to 30,000 words (or equivalent). You will receive guidance and support from tutors throughout this unit of study.
Teaching and Assessment: Your learning will primarily be via workshop-based sessions where you will explore and develop your own writing as well as constructively contribute to the work of other writers around you. We aim to create a friendly atmosphere in which you will receive feedback to continually help evolve your creative writing style. How are you assessed? Your progress will be assessed by regularly submitted work and a final creative writing project in the form of a literary form or genre of your choice and geared to a specific market.
|Qualification||Study mode||Start month||Fee||Course duration|
|MA||Full-time||September 2018||13,200 per Year 1 (International)||1 Years|
|MA||Full-time||September 2018||6,000 per Year 1 (Home/EU)||1 Years|
|MA||Part-time||September 2018||8,800 per Year 1 (International)||2 Years|
|MA||Part-time||September 2018||4,000 per Year 1 (Home/EU)||2 Years|
|MA||Full-time||September 2019||13,900 per Year 1 (International)||1 Years|
|MA||Full-time||September 2019||7,000 per Year 1 (Home/EU)||1 Years|
|MA||Part-time||September 2019||4,670 per Year 1 (Home/EU)||2 Years|
|MA||Part-time||September 2019||9,270 per Year 1 (International)||2 Years|
|Campus name||Town||Postcode||Region||Main campus||Campus||Partner|
|Main Site||PO1 2UP||South East|
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