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English - Poetry

Overview
Poetry is an art that brings together creative and critical thought. This programme combines these two strands into one, making it suitable for poets and critics alike.

Course Details
As a student on the MA in Poetry: Creativity and Criticism you can choose to follow either a critical or a creative pathway, or a combination of the two. Students who follow a critical pathway will be joining an academic environment with a long-standing reputation for the critical appreciation, reception and understanding of modern poetry. Poets who come to develop their own creative writing have the unique opportunity of working with some of Ireland's most renowned poets. The following module list is indicative only.

As a student on the PG Diploma in Poetry: Creativity and Criticism you can choose to follow either a critical or a creative pathway, or you can choose to pursue a combination of the two. Students who follow a critical pathway will be joining an academic environment with a long-standing reputation for the critical appreciation, reception and understanding of poetry from Ireland, Britain and the United States. Poets who come to develop their own creative writing have the unique opportunity of working with some of Ireland's most renowned poets. The following module list should be considered as indicative only.

Entry requirements

Graduate
A 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in English, or joint or combined Honours with English as a major subject. In addition, applicants are required to submit a piece of literary-critical written work which will be assessed to determine if an offer of admission can be made.

If applicants wish to pursue both critical and creative forms of assessment in the programme, they are required to submit both critical work and a sample of poems.

Applicants who wish to pursue creative writing-only assessment require a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in any discipline and are required to submit a sample of original written work (poems) which will be assessed to determine if an offer of admission can be made.

Exceptions may be made in the case of applicants with a strong track record of publication, 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.

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

1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
Introduction
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 range of graduates. Some students choose to continue their studies to PhD level on a chosen, specialised topic in Poetry.
http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc/careers/

Further enquiries

Professor Fran Brearton
School of Arts, English and Languages
Email: f.brearton@qub.ac.uk

Subjects taught

Compulsory Modules
• Structure and Serendipity
• Reading and Writing Poetry
• The Poetry Collection

Optional Modules
• Irish and Poetry
• American Poetry
• The Poetry Workshop
• Fulbright Scholar special option

Course Details
As a student on the MA in Poetry: Creativity and Criticism you can choose to follow either a critical or a creative pathway, or a combination of the two. Students who follow a critical pathway will be joining an academic environment with a long-standing reputation for the critical appreciation, reception and understanding of modern poetry. Poets who come to develop their own creative writing have the unique opportunity of working with some of Ireland's most renowned poets. The following module list is indicative only.

Dissertation
Dissertation of up to 15,000 words or a poetry portfolio on an agreed topic for the MA.

Comment

English - Poetry highlights
World Class Facilities
• Poetry is, quite simply, the activity for which Queen's University is best known around the world. Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney was both a student and lecturer here at Queen's, and other famous poet-alumni of the university include Ciaran Carson, Paul Muldoon and Medbh McGuckian. Heaney was a founding member of the famous 'Belfast Group' in the 1960s: a forum in which young poets came together with critics to discuss their work and the craft of good poetry more generally. The fruitful interaction of creative and critical activity is at the heart of what this unique MA offers. You will be joining an academic environment with a long-standing reputation for the writing and critical appreciation of poetry from Ireland, Britain and the United States, and will also benefit from the literary activities and resources of the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen's – the first centre of excellence for poetry in Ireland. Poets and poetry critics in the Centre include Leontia Flynn, Ciaran Carson, Fran Brearton, Edna Longley and Gail McConnell, along with annual visiting international poetry fellows.

Student Experience
• You will be joining an academic environment with a long-standing reputation for the writing and critical appreciation of poetry from Ireland, Britain and the United States, and will also benefit from the literary activities and resources of the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen's – the first centre of excellence for poetry in Ireland. Poets and poetry critics in the Centre include Leontia Flynn, Ciaran Carson, Fran Brearton, Edna Longley and Gail McConnell, along with annual visiting international poetry fellows.

Assessment method

Practical exercises and essays.

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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