Programme: MA Creative Writing

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Code Faculty
01250006 Faculty of Humanities
Credits Duration
Duration of study: 1 year Total credits: 180
Prof D Medalie
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Programme information

Closing date for applications: 31 January annually.

Admission requirements

  • An honours degree or any approved four-year degree.

Additional requirements

Selection will take place. A portfolio of creative work for evaluation must be submitted to the Head, Unit for Creative Writing.

Other programme-specific information

  1. A student must work under the guidance of a supervisor for at least one academic year.
  2. A student who does not comply with the requirements for the degree within the second academic year, must obtain permission from the Director/Dean for each succeeding year of registration.

Minimum credits: 180

Degree consists of creative work and a mini-dissertation

Core modules

  • Module content:

    The dissertation should demonstrate creative achievement in one of the genres of
    • poetry (including song-writing (texts) for musicals or cabaret),
    • drama (including musicals/musical theatre, film scripts and radio/TV drama), 
    • prose (fiction),
    • prose (creative non-fiction: biography or autobiography), or
    • literary translation/adaptation.
    In itself it should be a complete work, or set of complete shorter works and should in substance be the equivalent of at least (in fiction) a short novel or a collection of short stories, or (in poetry) a book-length collection of poems, or (in drama) a full-length play or a collection of at least three one-act plays. The dissertation should then consist of a substantial piece of creative writing, accompanied by a theoretical section (a dissertation of limited scope) in which the candidate reflects upon contexts and influences, and/or upon the process of composition and revision that has taken place in the production of the creative text and/or upon theoretical aspects (eg symbolism, textual and intertextual strategies) of the work. This section accounts for 50% of the final mark.

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