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Creative Writing MA


Course Description

A course may be the first step towards a writing career, or a chance for more experienced writers to develop their work from a new perspective. The School of English at Bangor University offers a range of opportunities for postgraduate study in a dynamic critical and creative environment. One of the first institutions in the UK to offer creative writing at degree level, Bangor has significant experience in this discipline and a flourishing postgraduate community.

Specialist writing staff are closely involved in teaching and supervision, and have a range of expertise in poetry, fiction, literary editing and the interface between creative and critical writing. Staff members are published and award-winning authors, and are also involved in a variety of editing and judging activities; Zoe Skoulding is editor of Poetry Wales, Ian Gregson is editor of Salt Wales and Kachi Ozumba was a judge for the Commonwealth Short Story competition in 2010 and 2011. The school benefits from the presence of the poet Professor Carol Rumens as a visiting professor, and the frequent visits of honorary professor Philip Pullman, who offers both readings and workshops.

Our students are successful. A number of recent or existing postgraduate students have successfully published collections of poems or short stories that have arisen from their studies here at Bangor. These include John Tanner, Zoe Skoulding, and Nessa O’Mahoney. Others have published stories including Terri Lee Hackman, Zoe Perrenoud, and Lisa Blower (who won the 2009 Guardian Short Story Competition) or individual poems and other forms of writing.

Visit the Creative Writing MA page on the Bangor University website for more details!

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125th Anniversary Scholarships - 20+ Awards

125th Anniversary Research Scholarships£5M investment for up to 125 research studentships and bursaries from Sept ‘09To celebrate our 125th anniversary, Bangor University is launching a five year programme of postgraduate expansion. This starts in 2009-10 when we will invest around £5M in up to 125 research studentships and bursaries, with further expansion and more opportunities to apply for in the future. The new Scholarships scheme offers opportunities to the very best students to work with our leading academics and rising stars across each of our six Colleges: Arts & Humanities
Business, Social Sciences & Law
Education and Lifelong Learning
Natural Sciences
Health & Behavioural Sciences
Physical & Applied SciencesThe majority of the Bangor 125th Anniversary Scholarships will be fully-funded studentships, covering all fees for three years plus an annual maintenance allowance. A number of research studentships will specifically be available for outstanding international students. In addition, there are a large number of Bursary awards worth £6,500 a year and a variety of targeted awards.For further information, and to register your interest at the earliest opportunity, follow the web link below.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Fully-funded research studentships + maintenance allowance

Eligibility

The new Scholarships scheme offers opportunities to the very best students to work with our leading academics and rising stars across each of our six Colleges.

Application Procedure

Initially, follow the web link below to register your interest. Further information will be sent directly.


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AHRC One-year Research Preparation Masters: Creative Writing (one year full-time or two years part-time) - Single Award

Applications are invited by the Graduate School of Arts, Education and Humanities at Bangor University for an AHRC One-year Research Preparation Masters (RPM) in Creative Writing (one year full-time or two years part-time) beginning on 1st October 2011. The AHRC RPM scheme supports students undertaking Masters courses who wish to focus on advanced study and research training and is explicitly intended to provide a foundation for further research at doctoral level. There is a depth of writing experience at Bangor in both English and Welsh, and the current staff of the College of Arts, Education and Humanities includes a number of writers who have gained international recognition for their work.Applicants should apply for a place on the following Masters degree:MA Creative Writing (School of English) - focus on creative writing (novel, short story, poetry). The School of English has a long tradition of offering Creative Writing, and was one of the first in the UK to offer the subject at undergraduate and postgraduate level. One of its strengths is a dynamic interaction between literary research and creative writing. Further details are available at http://www.bangor.ac.uk/english/listcourses_pg.php.en?view=course&prospectustype=postgraduate&courseid=206&subjectarea=26

Value of Scholarship(s)

Tuition fee + £9490

Eligibility

Applicants should hold a distinguished academic record, which will include a Bachelor Degree (or equivalent) and, in the case of those applying for one of the three-year PhD studentships, will preferably have gained, or be in the process of studying for, a Masters degree or relevant professional experience. Applicants must be able to demonstrate the aptitude to successfully complete the MA/PhD by research within the period of the award.
AHRC awards are open to UK and to EU applicants.

Application Procedure

The application deadline is 5pm on Friday 1st July 2011 and interviews will be held in late July / early August. Applicants must apply using the University's Postgraduate On-Line Application Form available here. Please supply all the relevant supporting documents requested on the on-line application form electronically including the research proposal (max. 1000 words) detailing:
(i) relevant research skills and experience (including, for example, I.T. skills, and a brief description of university programme of study to date), and
(ii) the main focus of postgraduate interest, research plans and an understanding of the challenges ahead, and
(iii) whether or not you are applying to other institutions with an AHRC BGP (if so, please state the name of the institution or institutions).

Further Information

http://www.bangor.ac.uk/studentfinance/postgrad/scholarships.php.en#aca


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AHRC-FUNDED THREE YEAR PHD STUDENTSHIP IN ENGLISH LITERATURE OR LINGUISTICS - Single Award

Applications are invited by the Graduate School of Arts, Education and Humanities at Bangor University for an AHRC PhD Studentship in English Literature or Linguistics beginning on 1st October 2011. This award will support research in designated areas in which the two Schools of English (Literature) and Linguistics have world-leading expertise. Applications are invited from potential researchers who wish to pursue a programme of research leading to a PhD in one of the following four areas: i) Bilingualism, ii) Cognitive Linguistics, iii) Arthurian studies or iv) Welsh writing in English. The School of Linguistics boasts world-leading researchers in the areas of Bilingualism and Cognitive Linguistics, while the School of English is well-known internationally for its established expertise in Arthurian Studies and Welsh writing in English. However, students wishing to work on other aspects of English Literature, English Linguistics or comparative studies are also encouraged to apply, as these Schools offer research expertise ranging across the breadth of both academic disciplines. Further information about the School of Linguistics is available from the following website: http://www.bangor.ac.uk/linguistics. Further information about the School of English is available on the web here: http://www.bangor.ac.uk/english.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Tuition fee + £13,590

Eligibility

Applicants should hold a distinguished academic record, which will include a Bachelor Degree (or equivalent) and, in the case of those applying for one of the three-year PhD studentships, will preferably have gained, or be in the process of studying for, a Masters degree or relevant professional experience. Applicants must be able to demonstrate the aptitude to successfully complete the MA/PhD by research within the period of the award. AHRC awards are open to UK and to EU applicants.

Application Procedure

The application deadline is 5pm on Friday 1st July 2011 and interviews will be held later in July or early August. Applicants *must* apply using the University's Postgraduate On-Line Application Form available here. . Please supply all the relevant supporting documents requested on the on-line application form electronically including the research proposal (max. 1000 words) detailing:
(i) relevant research skills and experience (including, for example, I.T. skills, and a brief description of university programme of study to date), and
(ii) the main focus of postgraduate interest, research plans and an understanding of the challenges ahead, and
(iii) whether or not you are applying to other institutions with an AHRC BGP (if so, please state the name of the institution or institutions).

Further Information

http://www.bangor.ac.uk/studentfinance/postgrad/scholarships.php.en#aca


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AHRC One-year Research Preparation Masters (RPM): Welsh/Celtic Studies - Single Award

Applications are invited by the Graduate School of Arts, Education and Humanities at Bangor University for an AHRC one-year Research Preparation Masters (RPM): Welsh/Celtic Studies (one year full-time or two years part-time) beginning on 1st October 2011. This award is designed for students undertaking Masters courses who wish to focus on advanced study and research training related to Welsh/Celtic Studies, and is explicitly intended to provide a foundation for further research at doctoral level. Within the broad discipline of Celtic Studies, Bangor is a recognised centre of excellence for the study of Welsh, and the advanced study may concentrate on any area of Welsh literature from the medieval period to the present. The advanced study may also be comparative in nature, linking the above subject area with related academic disciplines and fields of study such as Welsh History, Religion, Archaeology, Music, English literature, Welsh Writing in English, Arthurian Studies, European Languages, Cultural Studies and Political Theory and Ideology, for example.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Tuition fee + £9490

Eligibility

Applications for the RPM in Welsh/Celtic Studies should have an outstanding undergraduate record of achievement, i.e. a Bachelor Degree (or equivalent). Full-time MA students who qualify for the full AHRC studentship will have their tuition fees paid for and will receive a stipend of £9,490. AHRC awards are open to UK and to EU applicants. Please be aware that EU applicants may qualify for a fees-only award. For more details on eligibility please refer to section 7 and Annexe A of the following document:
http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/FundingOpportunities/Documents/GuidetoStudentFunding.pdf

Application Procedure

The application deadline is 5pm on Friday 1st July 2011 and interviews will be held later in July or early August. Applicants *must* apply using the University's Postgraduate On-Line Application Form available here. In addition to the supporting documents requested on the on-line application form, applicants are also required to provide as an electronic attachment a statement (max. 1000 words) detailing:
(i) relevant research skills and experience (including, for example, I.T. skills, and a brief description of university programme of study to date), and
(ii) the main focus of postgraduate interest, research plans and an understanding of the challenges ahead. You will also need to specify how your advanced study at MA level could be developed into a PhD proposal, and
(iii) whether or not you are applying to other institutions with an AHRC BGP (if so, please state the name of the institution or institutions).

Further Information

http://www.bangor.ac.uk/studentfinance/postgrad/scholarships.php.en#acahttp://www.bangor.ac.uk/studentfinance/postgrad/scholarships.php.en#aca


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AHRC-FUNDED THREE YEAR PHD STUDENTSHIP IN CELTIC STUDIES/WELSH - Single Award

Applications are invited by the Graduate School of Arts, Education and Humanities at Bangor University for an AHRC PhD Studentship in Welsh/Celtic Studies beginning on 1st October 2011. Within the broad discipline of Celtic Studies, Bangor is a recognised centre of excellence for the study of Welsh, and research proposals may concentrate on any area of Welsh literature from the medieval period to the present. Applications for this award may also be comparative in nature, linking the above subject area with related academic disciplines and fields of study such as Welsh History, Religion, Archaeology, Music, English literature, Welsh Writing in English, Arthurian Studies, European Languages, Cultural Studies and Political Theory and Ideology, for example. For further details of the research expertise in the academic schools of the College, see http://www.bangor.ac.uk/caeh/courses_pg.php.en?catid=&subid=5079

Value of Scholarship(s)

Tuition fee + £13,590

Eligibility

Applicants should hold a distinguished academic record, which will include a Bachelor Degree (or equivalent) and preferably will also include the award of, or current study for, a Masters degree or relevant professional experience. Applicants must be able to demonstrate the aptitude to complete successfully a PhD by research within the period of the award. Full-time Doctoral students who qualify for the full AHRC studentship will have their tuition fees paid for and will receive a stipend of £13,590 p.a. AHRC awards are open to UK and to EU applicants. Please be aware that EU applicants may qualify for a fees-only award.

Application Procedure

The application deadline is 5pm on Friday 1st July 2011 and interviews will be held later in July or early August. Applicants *must* apply using the University's Postgraduate On-Line Application Form available here. . Please supply all the relevant supporting documents requested on the on-line application form electronically including the research proposal (max. 1000 words) detailing:
(i) relevant research skills and experience (including, for example, I.T. skills, and a brief description of university programme of study to date), and
(ii) the main focus of postgraduate interest, research plans and an understanding of the challenges ahead, and
(iii) whether or not you are applying to other institutions with an AHRC BGP (if so, please state the name of the institution or institutions).

Further Information

http://www.bangor.ac.uk/studentfinance/postgrad/scholarships.php.en#aca



Entry Requirements

A 2(i) Honours degree in a relevant field (please contact us if you are not sure if your degree is relevant) and demonstrated interest in creative writing. Potential students are invited to submit a short sample of their work with their application.

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