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Professional Creative Writing MA 2019/20 entry

Course code:

AHT011

Study options:

1 year full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2019
January 2020

Fees:
Faculty:

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321


Overview

Learn about the professional writing opportunities you can have in the publishing, communication and media industries and how to turn your skills into a career with a Creative Writing master’s.

The MA in Professional Creative Writing enables students to develop their writing craft and hone their writing skills towards the real world needs of the publishing, communication and media industries. The course covers traditional, contemporary and emerging forms of writing, from novel writing to the graphic novel and creative nonfiction, from playwriting to writing for television, screen and multimedia, from poetry to pyschogeography and ecowriting. 

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Course information

The MA Professional Creative Writing has been so named as to emphasise the professional aspects of creative writing: it is designed to enhance employability and focus is directed towards the development of students into professional writers.

 

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

Modules

  • The Novel, the Graphic Novel and Creative Non-Fiction

  • Writing for Stage and Television

  • Writing Genre Fiction

  • Creative Dissertation

  • Optional Modules* (2 from the following):

    Writing for Film and Video Production 

    Poetry and Style in a Digital Age 

    Eco-writing 

    Multimodal Writing

     

    *Note that the provision of optional modules is dependent on student choice and numbers and may vary year to year.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • Modules have professional coursework outputs in industry-ready form;
  • Specific attention is given to commercial and related opportunities (professional networks, awards and competitions, submission windows, commissions and grants).
  • There are major mandatory modules in the key professional genres of narrative and dramatic writing (including ‘writing for television’), reflecting the real world professional activities of writers and employability opportunities for writers;

Eco-writing sessions will take place outside of the classroom and multimodal writing will take place in an Art and Design laboratory. Specialist software is available for scriptwriting and screenwriting and there will be a large array of online materials and resources available. There will be guest lectures by industry professionals and themed trips. Writers’ retreats will also be an inclusive feature of this course: these enable students to write in a relaxed environment and are in places of special interest to writers.

Teaching methods include: workshops, seminars, lectures and tutorials.

Meet our staff

Tim Kelly

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

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This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

There will normally be 9 contact hours per week with your tutors during semesters 1 and 2, plus intensive periods of writing on the writing retreats. During the third semester, you will be working on your creative dissertation with arranged tutorials with your supervisor. 

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17



21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


Entry Requirements

Applicants to the Professional Creative Writing MA should normally possess a good honours degree (first class, 2.1 or equivalent) in a cognate discipline.

Candidates with professional or industry experience, and/or other relevant training and experience may be admitted with other qualifications. Mature and non-traditional entry students are welcome: applicants without formal qualifications but professional writing experience may be admitted on the basis of interview and submission of supporting material.

Applicants who can demonstrate considerable experience at an appropriate professional level but who do not have the formal academic entry qualifications may also be admitted, subject to an assessment of their application.

Applications are encouraged from all suitably qualified persons irrespective of age, race, gender or disability. The applications and admissions procedure conforms to the University's policy on equal opportunities. General requirements are in line with University Policy.

Portfolio

Students with a good honours degree from non-cognate disciplines are encouraged to apply on the basis of submission of a portfolio of creative work.

Applicants to the Professional Creative Writing MA should normally possess a good honours degree (first class, 2.1 or equivalent) in a cognate discipline.

Candidates with professional or industry experience, and/or other relevant training and experience may be admitted with other qualifications. Mature and non-traditional entry students are welcome: applicants without formal qualifications but professional writing experience may be admitted on the basis of interview and submission of supporting material.

Applicants who can demonstrate considerable experience at an appropriate professional level but who do not have the formal academic entry qualifications may also be admitted, subject to an assessment of their application.

Applications are encouraged from all suitably qualified persons irrespective of age, race, gender or disability. The applications and admissions procedure conforms to the University's policy on equal opportunities. General requirements are in line with University Policy.

Portfolio

Students with a good honours degree from non-cognate disciplines are encouraged to apply on the basis of submission of a portfolio of creative work.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Applicants to the Professional Creative Writing MA should normally possess a good honours degree (first class, 2.1 or equivalent) in a cognate discipline.

Candidates with professional or industry experience, and/or other relevant training and experience may be admitted with other qualifications. Mature and non-traditional entry students are welcome: applicants without formal qualifications but professional writing experience may be admitted on the basis of interview and submission of supporting material.

Applicants who can demonstrate considerable experience at an appropriate professional level but who do not have the formal academic entry qualifications may also be admitted, subject to an assessment of their application.

Applications are encouraged from all suitably qualified persons irrespective of age, race, gender or disability. The applications and admissions procedure conforms to the University's policy on equal opportunities. General requirements are in line with University Policy.

Portfolio

Students with a good honours degree from non-cognate disciplines are encouraged to apply on the basis of submission of a portfolio of creative work.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£8,350 (per year)


January 2020

£8,350 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£8,350 (per year)


January 2020

£8,350 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£14,000 (per year)


January 2020

£14,000 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Career prospects

You will have input from professional writers teaching on the course – Amanda Smyth, Alan Pollock and Mez Packer - and specialists in the publishing and media industries and the opportunity to meet and network with working writers and writing organisations. We have guest lectures and network events with Writing West Midlands.

You will be able to write across a range of contemporary and emerging forms and genres, and you will leave with a portfolio of assessed work in industry-ready format.

Placements are not normally available on the 1 year MA; however, the Employment Placement Tutor would be able to assist with related part-time and volunteering work.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, the University may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation.