English Poetry: Creativity and Criticism

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 6.44 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 18.3 k / Year(s)  
200 place StudyQA ranking:4125 Duration:1 year

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.

The MA in Poetry: Creativity and Criticism is based at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, under the auspices of the School of English. This Centre is the first Centre of Excellence for poetry in Ireland. Poets in the Centre include Ciaran Carson, Sinead Morrissey, and Leontia Flynn; its director is the poetry critic Fran Brearton.

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. 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 both The Yellow Nib and the Belfast-based poetry journal, Irish Pages.

As a student on the MA 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.

Compulsory:

  • Concepts, Issues and Methods in Arts Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Reading and Writing Poetry
  • Structure and Serendipity: form in poetry

Optional:

  • American Poetry from Dickinson to Olds
  • British Poetry 1880-1990
  • Fulbright Poetry Workshop/Special Topic
  • Irish Poetry: WB Yeats to the Present Day
  • Poetry Creative Writing Workshop

Plus a dissertation of up to 15,000 words or a poetry portfolio on an agreed topic for the MA.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

MA: a good 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

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.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.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfastoffers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme. Please click the links below for more information:

  • English for University Study - 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

Applicants from the UK and other EU countries
Please note: Where it states 'UK residents' qualifying residency and citizenship/nationality criteria apply.

* Department of Employment and Learning (DEL) Postgraduate Research Studentships

Funded by the Department of Employment and Learning, these are offered in most subject areas.

UK residents: fees plus maintenance
Other EU residents: fees only

* DEL (CAST) Co-operative Awards in Science and Technology

These awards are for specific research projects in collaboration with an industrial sponsor in the following Schools/areas: Biomedical Sciences in School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences; School of Biological Sciences; School of Pharmacy; School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering; School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and the School of Mathematics and Physics.

UK residents: fees plus maintenance
Other EU residents: fees only

A CAST studentship may also include a contribution from the industrial collaborating body.

Visit the School websites listed above for details concerning potential DEL CAST

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Awards are available for both Masters and Doctoral degrees in humanities subject areas.

Applicants should apply via Queen's for funding and should not apply directly to AHRC.

UK residents: fees plus maintenance
Other EU residents: fees only

Queen's School Funding Opportunities

Some Schools have funding available for postgraduate PhD or taught Masters courses.

North-South Postgraduate Scholarships

Scholarships are available for students undertaking a recognised Masters or the first year of a PhD programme (taught or research) in the other Irish jurisdiction.

Applicants from outside the EU
If you are applying to Queen's from outside the EU, you are advised to explore fully the funding opportunities for studying in the UK available from sources in your own country. Some closing dates are as early as a year before commencing studies, so please make sure to apply in good time.

Some of the main awards are listed:

Department for International Development (DFID) Shared Scholarship Scheme

This award is for specific one-year taught postgraduate courses. The award cover tuition fees, a maintenance grant and travel costs. Only students from developing Commonwealth countries are eligible to apply.

British Chevening Awards

* The Foreign and Commonwealth Office funds a number of British Chevening scholaships for postgraduate study, mainly for one-year taught Masters degrees.
* Candidates must apply directly to the University for admission before applying for a Chevening Scholarship. Contact the British Embassy, British High Commission or British Council Office in your own country.

Applicants from USA
If you are a US citizen, you are eligible to apply for the following awards tenable at Queen's

George J Mitchell Scholarships

Fulbright Scholarships

Mary McNeill Scholarship (for US and Canadian citizens undertaking MA Irish Studies

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