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English - Creative Writing

Overview
The MA in English (Creative Writing) focuses on prose fiction and scriptwriting; applicants interested in writing poetry are referred to the MA in Poetry: Creativity and Criticism. The programme is designed to equip students to use their literary talents to the best of their ability, encourage development as independent writers and self-reflective lifelong learners, and provide them with a broad understanding of the literary marketplace and of the commercial aspects of literary production.

Why Queen's?
Creative Writing students are taught by experienced novelists, playwrights and screenwriters. They attend workshops with visiting authors, publishers, editors and agents, and have a number of opportunities to present their work, including at the Common Ground postgraduate conference held each year by the School of English.

Entry requirements

Graduate
A 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in any discipline. Exceptions may be made in the case of applicants with a strong track record of publication, production, prize-winning or relevant professional experience.

The University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy provides guidance on the assessment of experiential learning (RPEL). Please visit http://go.qub.ac.uk/RPLpolicy for more information.

All applicants are required to submit a sample of original written work which will be assessed to determine if an offer of admission can be made.

International Students
For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.

English language requirements
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years).

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
• Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
• Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

Duration

MA and PgDip - 1 year, full-time, or 2 years part-time.

Teaching times
Occasional and optional seminars may take place on Saturdays.

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
Graduates from these programmes have a good employment record. Professions including publishing, journalism, public relations, teaching, advertising, the Civil Service, business, industry and the media all recruit from our pool of graduates. Some students choose to continue their studies to PhD level on a chosen, specialised topic in Creative Writing.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.
http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc/careers/

Further enquiries

Dr Darran McCann
School of Arts, English and Languages
Email: darran.mccann@qub.ac.uk

Subjects taught

MA
Compulsory Modules
• Creative Writing: Craft and Technique (Prose or Scriptwriting)
• Dissertation: Creative Writing
• Creative Writing Workshops

Course Details
The following lists are indicative of the sort of modules that are likely to run.
• Dissertation
Dissertation of up to 15,000 words prose, 80-90 pages of drama: portfolio of Creative Writing for the MA.

Optional Modules
• From Page to Stage
• Life Writing
• Scriptwriting: Creative Writing
• Fiction: Creative Writing Work

PgDip
Compulsory Modules
• Craft and Technique (Prose or Scriptwriting)
• Research Methods for Creative Writers

Course Details
The following lists are indicative of the sort of modules that are likely to run.

Optional Modules
• Creative Writing Workshop (1 and 2): Drama
• Creative Writing Workshop (1 and 2): Prose
• From Page to Stage
• Life Writing

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English - Creative Writing highlights
Student Experience
• Creative Writing students are taught by experienced novelists, playwrights and screenwriters. They attend workshops with visiting authors, publishers, editors and agents, and have a number of opportunities to present their work, including at the Common Ground postgraduate conference held each year by the School of Arts, English and Languages.

Assessment method

Written portfolios.

Application date

Postgraduate Taught
Closing dates do apply for some of our courses, and details of these are available on our Course Finder. We advise you to apply as early as possible, particularly for those courses where there is a high demand for places. Early application is also important for international applicants to allow sufficient time to obtain a student entry visa.

How to Apply
Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply. See application weblink below.

Enrolment and start dates

Entry year: 2018

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