Academic Writing Development and Research MA 2021/22 entry

Course code:

CAWT003

Study options:

2 years blended/distance learning

Location:

100% online study

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:

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Course code:

CAWT003

Study options:

2 years blended/distance learning

Location:

100% online study

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

Overview

This course is an exciting new qualification for graduates and professionals interested in studying, researching, and teaching writing.

The focus of the course is on writing, rhetoric, and literacies research, and on how this research can inform the teaching of writing and writing development. The course programme builds upon the strength of the Centre for Academic Writing in the teaching of and research into academic writing, as well as Coventry University’s pioneering establishment of a Centre for Academic Writing.

What our students say...

I have really enjoyed being on the Academic Writing MA course. The lecturers are very knowledgeable and supportive, and they seem to be keen for us all to succeed. 

Charissa Brain, MA Academic Writing Development and Research student 2019-20

Course information

The course begins by teaching key pedagogies for supporting academic writing for both study and professional writing purposes.

It also provides grounding in the theories and practices of how to set up and manage a writing centre, programme, or initiative. The course then offers in-depth learning about how to support postgraduates, academics, and researchers in writing for publication in English, and about how to develop students’ writing in the disciplines. Importantly, you will also learn how to research academic writing.

In the final semester of the MA, you will write a dissertation or portfolio based on an individually chosen research project, to inform your professional development.

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Modules

Overview

In the first year of study, teaching is delivered through four semester-long modules, two in Semester 1 and two in Semester 2.

Modules

  • Teaching and Supporting Academic Writing

    This module introduces the foundations of teaching and supporting academic writing for university students. It presents an overview of issues involved in the design and delivery of academic writing instruction and support,  and invites you to question the influences of context and methods of support in helping university students succeed at their studies.

  • Contextual Issues in Developing Research Communication

    Publishing research in highly-ranked English language journals has become an expectation for scholars around the world. Writing advisors play an important role in helping researchers meet this expectation by mentoring the production of research writing across disciplines. This module explores the challenges and demands on researchers that are created by a competitive global system of higher education in which English is almost universally required as the medium of scholarly exchange.

  • Writing Centre and Writing Programme Development and Management

    In this module, you will be taught  the key theories and pedagogies underpinning the development and management of university academic writing programmes, centres, and initiatives. You will evaluate models of academic writing provision, both in terms of theoretical coherence and practicability (including an appraisal of their effectiveness, reach, and value-for-money).

  • Supporting Research-Active Staff with Research Communication

    This module introduces a range of practical approaches and techniques for supporting research active academics with their writing. The module explores a range of skills and formats for providing effective writing development to help researchers publish high-calibre research in English, including writing retreats, workshops and one-to-one consultations. It investigates common challenges facing research writing developers, such as working with non-native English speakers, mixed disciplinary groups, or groups of researchers at different career levels.

Overview

In the second year of study, teaching is delivered through five semester-long modules, two in Semester 1, two in Semester 2 and one dissertation research and writing module in Semester 3.

Modules

  • Researching Academic Writing

    Because academic writing—whether by students or researchers—is so multifaceted, questions abound about what academic writing is or should be, and how it is created. And yet academic writing is central to universities’ roles. Writing developers need to be able to provide evidence-based answers to help writers. In this module, you will be taught how to identify and frame researchable questions, and then develop strategies to answer those questions.

  • Academic Writing, Multilingualism and Knowledge Production

    The module critically examines the issues of the production and dissemination of knowledge across national and linguistic boundaries. It is designed for students who take an active interest in researching and supporting professional academic writing that is grounded in embedded theories of knowledge and writing production. The module is meant to enhance your knowledge that writing and publishing are materially as well as linguistically and discursively situated.

  • Writing in the Disciplines

    This module will examine the ways in which academic texts are produced in different disciplinary contexts and the implications of this for the understanding, teaching and learning of academic writing. On the one hand, the module will explore some fundamental principles of knowledge production and meaning making across disciplines, while on the other, it will focus on pedagogic strategies for teaching writing in specific disciplines, especially in relation to the process of student assessment.

  • Academic Writing in a Multimodal World

    Nowadays, writing happens on computers, and that has changed everything: the practices of writing, writing pedagogy, and research into writing. Writing is no longer a mono-modal text generation activity, and this module examines the impact of new technologies on writing practices, pedagogy and research. It promotes understanding of writing as a complex, multi-modal process that requires new approaches to teaching and research,  and explores how and where distinctions between thinking and doing become blurred as technology mediates the writing process.

  • Dissertation Research and Writing

    This module is intended to facilitate your production of a final, extended piece of research, in the form of a dissertation, which will build upon all the modules taught on the programme. The module will offer practical writing and research guidelines. This enables students to develop independent thinking, researching, writing and organisational abilities at Master’s level.

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...

  • Opportunity to study flexibly via blended or distance learning.
  • Professional support for researching and writing your dissertation.
  • Specialist teaching provided by lecturers at Coventry University’s Centre for Academic Writing.

Pioneering course in Academic Writing development and research in Europe

The course gives you the opportunity to:

  • Learn about student and professional academic writing pedagogies and research.
  • Learn how to apply writing pedagogy and research to support both native and non-native English-speaking students.
  • Learn how to develop and manage a writing programme, writing tutoring programme, or writing centre.
  • Learn how to assess the writing needs of academics, postgraduates and professionals.
  • Learn how to develop academics’, postgraduates’ and professionals’ ability to write for publication.

The programme is delivered through a combination of online module materials, optional face-to-face teaching, and independent study, allowing you to fit your studies around other commitments. A wide variety of resources is made available via the online study platform, including: lecture notes, videos, specialist resources from the Centre for Academic Writing's library collection, and discussion forums, as well as information on the academic writing research projects and findings produced by members of teaching staff.

Module lecturers will be available to address your questions and to offer guidance relating to your studies. As a student on this course, you will also be allocated a Personal Tutor, who will provide pastoral care and support.

Starting in September each year, the MA is designed to be studied over 2 years either by blended learning or distance learning.

At each stage of the programme, you will have the opportunity to attend a short, residential workshop (up to 5 days) to provide core learning. Although these workshops are optional, we strongly encourage attendance to underpin your learning, to meet your cohort and teachers, and to build your professional network. Workshops may be held at Coventry University’s main campus in Coventry, or in another location. Please note: There is no additional teaching fee for the optional workshops. However, you will need to obtain a short-term study VISA if required, and to organise and pay for your own accommodation, food, and travel, including any visa costs.  Students who are unable to attend the workshops can continue to study independently using online materials.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include written coursework and a dissertation/portfolio.

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. 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will able to:

  • Apply and evaluate different approaches to teaching and supporting academic writing, ranging from student writing to writing for scholarly publication.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify, resolve and reflect upon problems arising from applying academic writing pedagogies in practice.
  • Propose theoretical and practical solutions for key challenges facing native and non-native speakers of English who wish to engage in the process of writing and publishing their research.
  • Recognise ways in which different institutional and cultural constraints shape the practice of academic writing provision.
  • Identify researchable questions in the study of academic writing, ranging from student writing to writing for scholarly publication.
  • Critically evaluate a variety of theoretical models and research methodologies and demonstrate the ability to select appropriate ones to investigate issues in academic writing, ranging from student writing to writing for scholarly publication.
  • Design and implement a small-scale research project in any aspect of academic writing.

The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials.

As an innovative and enterprising institution, the University may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.

The course offers the opportunity to learn about and compare writing development theories and practices from around the world.

The course also introduces you to (and encourages you to participate in) national and international writing development conferences and professional organisations.

What our students say...

The flexibility of the online/blended learning approach works well for me. I strongly recommend the optional face-to-face teaching weeks, because having the opportunity to meet other students and discuss the material is extremely valuable. 

The three streams of study - supporting student writers, supporting academics, and writing centre management - complement each another and are interesting.

The assignments have stretched me and I have really grown as the course has gone on. 

Charissa Brain, MA Academic Writing Development and Research student 2019-20

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold a second class honours degree or above in any academic discipline in the Humanities, Social Sciences, or Sciences, and have an interest in teaching, supporting, and researching academic writing.

Applicants who can demonstrate relevant experience at an appropriate professional level but do not have the formal academic entry qualifications may be admitted subject to an application and assessment.

Applicants should hold a second class honours degree or above in any academic discipline in the Humanities, Social Sciences, or Sciences, and have an interest in teaching, supporting, and researching academic writing.

Applicants who can demonstrate relevant experience at an appropriate professional level but do not have the formal academic entry qualifications may be admitted subject to an application and assessment.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires an IELTS of 6.5. Pre-Sessional English is available.

Fees & Funding

Starts

Fee


September 2021

£10,400


Starts

Fee


September 2021

£16,600


Fees breakdown: Students will pay for the course in a staged process. All students will pay for the PGCert in year one of the course. Students who are continuing to the PGDip will pay for the PGDip at the start of year two of the course. Students who are continuing to the MA will pay for the MA later in year two of the course.

Career prospects

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

Successful completion of this course will enhance your career prospects for working with students, academics, and other colleagues through supporting, teaching and carrying out research on academic writing.

This course combines the theory and practice necessary for working effectively as a writing developer in writing centres, learning centres, staff development centres, and research centres, and for providing writing support in disciplinary or workplace contexts, in the UK and internationally.

It will also prepare you to undertake research and doctoral study in the fields of Academic Writing, Composition and Rhetoric, Education, or a related field.

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 2021/22 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 course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.