Literature, Drama and Creative Writing

MA MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY WRITING

Key details 

MA MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY WRITING

Start Year
2021
Attendance
Full Time
Award
Degree of Master of Arts
Duration (years)
1

Assessment for Year 1

All of your modules will be assessed by a final 5,000-word piece, which, depending on the module, will be critical, creative, or creative-critical.

For most modules you will test your knowledge and practical skills in practice (formative) assignments before your summative assessments, which count towards your final grades. You’ll discuss your formative feedback with your teachers as part of a deepening self-reflective journey through your studies.

Your dissertation will be 15,000 words and may be critical or creative-critical, but not wholly creative.

Admissions Live Chat   
Apply   
Open Days   

Certain optional modules are specifically recommended to students on Modern and Contemporary Writing: in the first semester, Fiction 'After' Modernism and Criticism/Critique, and in the second semester, Ludic Literature, Creative-Critical Writing, and Contemporary Fiction. Students should exercise care if they wish to take other modules, and consult with the module convenor to make sure that they are qualified. Students should be aware that spaces may be limited on optional modules which are core for other MAs and that there are minimum and maximum numbers for all modules, which may in unusual circumstances lead to your not being allocated your first-choice module. Students are strongly encouraged to get in touch ahead of the year with the Course Director to discuss module choices, and also to write directly to the convenors of the specific modules they are interested in.

Assessment for Year 1

All of your modules will be assessed by a final 5,000-word piece, which, depending on the module, will be critical, creative, or creative-critical.

For most modules you will test your knowledge and practical skills in practice (formative) assignments before your summative assessments, which count towards your final grades. You’ll discuss your formative feedback with your teachers as part of a deepening self-reflective journey through your studies.

Your dissertation will be 15,000 words and may be critical or creative-critical, but not wholly creative.

Admissions Live Chat   
Apply   
Open Days   

Important Information

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, the University will endeavour to consult with students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will inform students.

Entry Requirements

Degree classification

Bachelors (Hons) degree - 2.1 or equivalent

Degree subject

English Literature or a Related Subject Preferred

Additional entry requirements

A sample of your academic writing (for example an essay from your undergraduate degree) of up to 3000 words, to be submitted with your application.

Students for whom english is a foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 7.0 (minimum 6.0 in each section and 7.0 in writing)

  • PTE (Pearson): 65 (minimum 50 in each section and 65 in writing)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests

INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact intopre-sessional@uea.ac.uk

Intakes

This course is open to UK, EU and International applicants. The annual intake for this course is in September each year.

Course Reference Number: 1544273

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for the academic year 2021/22 are:

  • UK Students: £8,450

  • International Students: £17,100

If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for UK/EU students).

Further Information on tuition fees can be found here.

Living Expenses

We estimate living expenses at £1,015 per month.

Scholarships and Awards:

There are a variety of scholarships and studentships available to postgraduate applicants in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. For further information relevant to the School of Literature and Creative Writing, please click here.

Course related costs

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of other course-related costs

Course Reference Number: 1544273

How to apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

To apply please use our online application form.

FURTHER INFORMATION

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

Course Reference Number: 1544273
Key details
Attendance
Full Time
Award
Degree of Master of Arts
Duration (years)
1
The MA Modern and Contemporary Writing has two main focuses: the relationship between key writers of modernism and contemporary literature, and between creative and critical writing. Our course draws on UEA’s strengths as one of the largest and most distinguished departments for 20th-century literature in Britain and as the UK’s leading department in Creative Writing and in Literary Translation. We believe that the critical study of literature can also be creative, and that creative writing is always in itself an act of criticism. At UEA, literary critics and theorists rub shoulders and exchange ideas with practising poets, novelists, dramatists and biographers. You’ll also have opportunities to develop your interests in translation and in neighbouring disciplines such as philosophy, film, anthropology and American studies.
Schools
Literature, Drama and Creative Writing
See more