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2020/21 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA Creative Writing and Critical Life

Programme code:MA-ENG/CWCLUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Jay Prosser Contact address:J.D.Prosser@leeds.ac.uk

This programme is available to UK and EU applicants for part time study (over 2 academic years). Please contact pgtenglish@leeds.ac.uk for further information.

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Good honours degree (First or 2:i or its equivalent) in English Literature, or a degree scheme including English Literature, or in a related subject.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of English

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of English

Programme specification:

The MA in Creative Writing and Critical Life forms a bridge between registers typically kept apart. Seeking to develop students’ skills in creative writing and critical thinking, the course explores the history, generic conventions and experimental possibilities of both creative literary forms and schools of critical thought.

In addition, the course considers the intersection between critical and creative writing, drawing out the critical aspects of creative writing and the creative dimensions of critical writing. in a way that allows us to examine.both historic and emergent popular writing forms. The course addresses the concept of critical life: that is how one responds critically to life; and how life is in a critical condition under various forms of threat. Furthermore, the course explores how such questions lead to both creative and critical acts.

Course content covers a range of literary forms, including creative nonfiction, prose fiction, and poetry. Theories and schools of criticism will be covered, such as gender studies and queer theory, postcolonialism and race theory, psychoanalysis and poststructuralist theory. Course content also allows for creative practice as research.

Students write a critical/creative research project / dissertation on a subject of their choice with the assistance of specialist supervision and the research resources of the University's Brotherton Library. This distinctive programme allows students to explore further areas which may not have figured significantly in their undergraduate programme. It affords an excellent platform for work at doctoral level, including a creative practice as doctoral research.


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[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates willl be required to study the following compulsory modules:

ENGL5841MStudying English: Research Methods30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL5842MResearch Project60 credits1 Feb to 30 Sep
ENGL5845MWriting Identities: Criticism, Creativity, Practice30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study two optional modules (60 credits) at least one of which must be specific to this programme. A maximum of one module (30 credits) can be taken from outside of the programme or outside of the School.

ENGL5346MSo Where do you come from? Selves, Families, Stories30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL5831MFeeling Time30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL5847MWar, Mourning, Memory: 1914-193930 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Please note that this is an indicative module list. A different selection of modules is offered each year.


Elective modules:

Candidates may take up to 30 credits in approved modules outside the School of English.

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