Poetry is an art that brings together creative and critical thought. This programme combines these two strands into one, making it suitable for poets and critics alike.
English - Poetry highlights
- Students on the MA in Poetry: Creativity and Criticism will have ample opportunity to present their work to the public, through readings (including the successful Lifeboat Readings series), and journals, such as The Yellow Nib (published in association with the Seamus Heaney Centre) or The Open Ear (produced by PhD students at the Seamus Heaney Centre). Students are encouraged to take up internship positions with The Yellow Nib.
World Class Facilities
- Poetry is, quite simply, the activity for which Queen’s University is best known around the world. Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney was both a student and lecturer here at Queen’s, and other famous poet-alumni of the university include Ciaran Carson, Paul Muldoon and Medbh McGuckian. Heaney was a founding member of the famous ‘Belfast Group’ in the 1960s: a forum in which young poets came together with critics to discuss their work and the craft of good poetry more generally. The fruitful interaction of creative and critical activity is at the heart of what this unique MA offers. You will be joining an academic environment with a long-standing reputation for the writing and critical appreciation of poetry from Ireland, Britain and the United States, and will also benefit from the literary activities and resources of the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s – the first centre of excellence for poetry in Ireland. Poets and poetry critics in the Centre include Leontia Flynn, Ciaran Carson, Fran Brearton, Edna Longley and Gail McConnell, along with annual visiting international poetry fellows.
Internationally Renowned Experts
- The Centre provides resources for emerging and established poets, researchers and critics, and serves to link creativity to criticism and academic scholarship. The Centre also ensures that the dynamic tradition of poetry at Queen's extends to a wide audience and is of benefit to students, writers, and the community.
As a student on the PG Diploma in Poetry: Creativity and Criticism you can choose to follow either a critical or a creative pathway, or you can choose to pursue a combination of the two. Students who follow a critical pathway will be joining an academic environment with a long-standing reputation for the critical appreciation, reception and understanding of poetry from Ireland, Britain and the United States. Poets who come to develop their own creative writing have the unique opportunity of working with some of Ireland's most renowned poets. The following module list should be considered as indicative only.
Reading and Writing Poetry
Structure and Serendipity
The Poetry Collection
American Poetry from Dickinson to Today
Poetry: Creative Writing Works
Special Topic Creative Writing
Employment after the Course
Graduates from these programmes have a good employment record. Professions including publishing, journalism, public relations, teaching, advertising, the Civil Service, business, industry and the media all recruit from our range of graduates. Some students choose to continue their studies to PhD level on a chosen, specialised topic in Poetry.
Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.
Learning and Teaching
Learning opportunities associated with this course are outlined below:
Morning and Afternoon
Assessments associated with this course are outlined below:
Practical exercises and essays.
Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in English, or joint or combined Honours with English as a major subject.
In addition, applicants are required to submit a piece of literary-critical written work which will be assessed to determine if an offer of admission can be made. If applicants wish to pursue both critical and creative forms of assessment in the programme, they are required to submit both critical work and a sample of poems.
Applicants who wish to pursue creative writing-only assessment normally require a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in any discipline, and are required to submit a sample of original written work (poems) which will be assessed to determine if an offer of admission can be made. In certain circumstances, applicants may be admitted on the strength of their writing alone.
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
English Language Requirements
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.
For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
- Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
- Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.
INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
|Northern Ireland (NI)||£5,500|
|England, Scotland or Wales (GB)||£5,500|
|Other (non-UK) EU||£5,500|
All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2018-19 and relate to one year of study only. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.
Additional course costs
Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies. Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs. If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding. Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen. There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.
How do I fund my study?
From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.
A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.
Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.
* information shown is for 2017-18 and should be used as a guide until 2018-19 scholarships are confirmed.
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Queen's University Belfast Terms and Conditions 2018 Entry.
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