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Masters degrees in Poetry train postgraduates in the art of reading, constructing and analysing Poetry for critical and creative writing purposes.
Though courses are typically listed as MA (Master of Arts), some courses are primarily taught degrees, while others are essentially a Masters by research. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as English Language, Literature or Creative Writing.
You will study poetry from a variety of linguistic cultures, and in a wide range of historical contexts. This typically includes classical poetics, medieval literature, renaissance poetry, the Romantics and Victorians, as well as British, Irish and American contemporary writing.
Skills in poetry reading will be developed through poetics analysis and an engagement with critical literature, with opportunities to specialise your interests. For example, you may engage with the symbolism of a particular author or poetic form. In some cases, you will be able to develop a portfolio of your own work, similar to a first collection.
As well as preparing you to become a professional writer, these Masters offer a wealth of other future careers. These may include roles in the publishing industry, from editing to translating, or even historical research and poetic conservation.
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Our Writing Poetry MA will develop your creative ability through practice, discussion and revision. You'll work with established poets and writers to refine your work.
Suitable for both poets and critics alike, the programme provides workshops and training for poets, alongside a critical grounding that facilitates further study of creative writing (poetry) at PhD level.
Our taught MA course in Studies in Poetry offers choice, flexibility and the opportunity to specialise within this field. You can learn from the rich variety of research expertise in the Department and you also have the chance to concentrate on a particular area of literary study within the field.
This programme enables promising poets to develop the potential of poetry as a tool of inquiry within the humanities. You will produce a volume of poetry as well as a piece of scholarly research of 30-40,000 words.
Study on our MA Creative Writing master's course and you'll be part of the prestigious Centre for New Writing, where we bring together world-famous writers to teach people how to produce novels, short stories, poems and screenplays.
Each graduate program in the College of Arts and Sciences offers a limited number of partial scholarships. Program Scholarships range from $1,000 to $15,000