University of York

University of York

Poetry and Poetics

Students will have the opportunity to read widely and deeply in poetry and ideas about poetry from the classical period to the present day. The language of the course, and of many of the poets studied, will be English, but students will also study poetry from a variety of linguistic cultures, and in a wide range of historical contexts. Seminars on the MA will focus on the reading of poems and poets, in dialogue with academic staff who have published on many major authors and periods: classical poetics, medieval literature, renaissance poetry, the Romantics and Victorians, and British, Irish and American contemporary writing. There will also be modules on old English poetry, symbolism, medieval poetic inheritances, the matter of British poetry, and poetry and art.

Entry requirements

Applicants require a UK 2.1 or international equivalent in the relevant subject.

Course modules

There are 4 taught modules (one compulsory, three option), a research skills training programme, and a research dissertation. Available option modules may include: from Boethius to Dante; Viking poetry; four nations of British poetry: 1848-1939; romantic texts and contexts; Shakespeare; poetry and the visual arts; classical presences in early modern culture.

Assessment methods

Four assessed essays of approximately 4,500 words each a 15,000 - 20,000 word dissertation, written in consultation with a supervisor on an agreed topic.

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities. Please check with the provider for details.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,650 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 15,680 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

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