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MA/MRes in English (Creative Writing and English Literature)

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About the course

Literature is a dynamic force for change. Hull English postgraduates gain insight into society, culture and politics by developing an understanding of the power of language. And both the MA and the MRes programmes provide students with a thorough grounding in research methods and practices.

We offer dedicated routes for study and supervision in both Literary Studies and Creative Writing. There are also designated pathways allowing students to focus their studies on Medieval and Renaissance Literature and Culture, Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture, and Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture. Creative Writing modules allow students to focus their interests on both fiction and non-fiction prose forms, and / or poetry. Students can opt to take a combination of Literary Studies and Creative Writing modules if suitably qualified.

Staff are internationally renowned and working at the cutting edge of their disciplines, both literary and creative.

Students will be taught and supervised by experts specialising in the wide-ranging chronological pathways, significant single authors (from Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Andrew Marvell through to Thomas Hardy,  D. H. Lawrence and beyond), and various creative forms, both prose and verse. Students will experience a variety of literary, theoretical and creative approaches, including some which will be attuned specifically to the rich cultural and literary life of Hull and East Yorkshire.

Key facts

Tuition fees

UK/EU: £6,500 full-time
Part time: £720 (20 credits) £2,165 (60 credits) £3,250 (90 credits)

*Please note, Home/EU fees for 2018/19 have not yet been confirmed and may increase.

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK are now available. They provide up to £10,280 for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. For more information, visit our Postgraduate Loans page.

Overseas: £13,500 full-time


More information on fees can be found in the funding information section of this page.

Application deadlines

All applicants: TBC

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of 2.2 BA Hons degree or above (or equivalent). With your application, you must submit a satisfactory 2000-word sample of your written work, consisting of either literary criticism or creative writing, on a subject of your choice. 

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each skill.

For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Admissions status

Open for admission in 2018/19

Mode of study: Hull Campus

Duration: 1 year full-time / 2 years part-time

Tutor details

Dr Catherine Wynne

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Study information

All MA and MRes students undertake a core training module on Research, Creativity and Engagement in the first semester. This culminates in a one-day postgraduate conference, a process through which students will be guided and supported by the module tutors and convenor. Students will also take three optional modules in their chosen subjects, which will all include elements of research / creative training.

For MA students, there is a final dissertation / creative portfolio worth 60 credits, and taught modules are worth 120 credits in total (30 credits each module). For MRes students, the final dissertation / portfolio is worth 120 credits, and the taught modules are worth 60 credits (2 x 30-credit modules).

Teaching methods will include three-hour seminars, creative writing workshops, student presentations and small group exercises.

* All modules are subject to availability.

Funding information

Future prospects

You will leave Hull with enhanced communication and research skills.

Career options include writing and editing jobs, in fields such as journalism, marketing or promotions. Many students opt to pursue further research or a career in academia or teaching.