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MA Wild Writing: Literature and the Environment

Course Description

The University of Essex is one of the UK's leading academic institutions, ranked ninth nationally for research excellence following the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008).

Our Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies combine expertise in literature, film, and theatre studies to provide a strong and supportive environment for your postgraduate study.

This course offers a unique combination of science and humanities, focusing on writing about the environment. Its concerns are global, though our core modules focus these concerns through a study of the writing and environment of the local region, and through an introduction to twenty-first-century writing about nature.

You can join our MA Wild Writing: Literature and the Environment with or without specialist backgrounds in literary studies or biological sciences, as one distinctive feature is our combination of literary and scientific analysis, although you can vary the balance of these two elements. We include field trips in the local area and a creative writing route is also available by choosing our creative writing modules and the creative writing form of assessment for your core course and/or dissertation.

Visit the MA Wild Writing: Literature and the Environment page on the University of Essex website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Wendy McMahon

“I have always had a passion for literature which led me to doing my Phd in LIterature. was I really enjoyed my time at Essex when I was completing my undergraduate degree and I chose to return to complete my PhD study because of the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies’ comparative and interdisciplinary nature.

What I enjoyed most was the independence I had whilst completing my research. The Department houses a wide range of expertise and provides a lively intellectual space within which to engender your own research.

The University of Essex has such a strong sense of community. Whilst at Essex I took every opportunity that the Department offered, whether it be training, the opportunity to present work, or social engagements. I would always advise others to do the same as I gained so much from these experiences.

My best memory of my time at Essex has to be when I presented my first research paper at a departmental seminar, it gave me a real sense of achievement.

Since completing my PhD I have been appointed as a Lecturer in American Studies within the School of American Studies at the University of East Anglia. My PhD study provided me with the fundamental training required for me to forge and pursue my desired academic career.


Entry Requirements

2.1 or above in a humanities or science discipline; IELTS 7.0.

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