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  • Study Type

    Distance learning & Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Creative Arts & Design

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    Full-Time Low Residency: 1 Year

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    UK/EU(2018 entry): £7,195, NON-EU: £13,900
    Fees are subject to change see website for full information.

  • Last Updated

    04 September 2018

Course content

our MRes in Transnational Writing is for you if you are a writer interested in exploring your writing beyond your comfort borders, to complete a body of work near to publishable or performance quality while understanding how to  position your work as a practice based researcher. Whether you’re an author, poet, essayist, spoken-word performer, translator, script-writer or scientist – you will explore your own creative ecology and voice in the burgeoning field of transnational creativity.

This course allows you to re-evaluate, creatively, borders of all sorts, whether creative, political, geographical, linguistic or genre and if you’re drawn to trespass borders of convention, this course is for you.


Our aim is to let you develop your own areas of inquiry in a mutually supported community of writers, all asking vital questions for today’s world and answering them with creative practices. One of the unique characteristics of the course is the multi-cultural perspective offered by students and visiting writers alike – writers who work outside the conventional centres of English language literatures – making this course a home for writers from all over the world. Opportunities are available to students to collaborate with our affiliated University of Stockholm as well as other liberal arts institutions worldwide.

We also have a unique Spoken Word track to this course, especially designed for those with a proven record in performance. We welcome individual interpretations.

This low-residency course allows you to be based wherever makes sense for your own Creative Inquiry and fieldwork – indeed, wherever you live or travel. You can choose between full-time and part-time depending on what fits into your life best.

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The course is low residency, with residential periods at Corsham Court campus.

The learning process will involve a variety of forms of interaction, study, and experience, including masterclasses, workshops, and creative labs. During workshops, tutors and students present core material with the expectation of lively interaction and designated group discussions. 

The low-residential aspect of this MRes equally allows you the time and freedom to research your own points of transition, to write from place, between places and people, while fitting the requirements of the course around your life.

You’ll be able to move between private study, supported tutorials, workshops, and a global community, to construct your own writing and research pathways.


A combination of assessments are used depending on your chosen genre.

Much like a mini-PhD, the bulk of your work submitted at the end of your MRes – your Creative Inquiry – will be creative (80%) and critical/contextual (20%).


The Master of Research in Transnational writing will prepare you for a PhD or career in the creative sector.

For more information please go to our website.

Visit the MRes Transnational Writing page on the Bath Spa University website for more details!





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