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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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The Master of Fine Arts in Writing program offers graduate students an intimate, personalized learning experience while taking advantage of San Francisco’s vibrant, eclectic literary scene. Read more
The MA in English (Creative Writing) focuses on prose fiction and scriptwriting; applicants interested in writing poetry are referred to the MA in Poetry. Read more
Drawing on our long-standing reputation for producing distinguished critics and poets, this programme's creative-critical intersections make it suitable for a new generation of poets and critics alike. Read more
In our MA Creative Writing (Poetry) we aim to support you in writing poetry of a publishable standard, and to create an encouraging but rigorous environment. Read more
Study widely and deeply in poetry and ideas from the classical period to the present day. Engage with a cross-cultural approach, and place issues of translation and cultural exchange at the heart of the study of poetry from classical to post-colonial poetics. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
Our Writing Poetry MA is a course designed for those who want to put poetry at the centre of their creative practice. Read more
The University of Hertfordshire MA in Creative Writing offers you the opportunity to develop your creative, critical and professional writing skills in a stimulating and supportive environment. Read more