EN5901 - Poetic Practice
This taught course unit involves the study of contemporary UK and North American experimental poetic practice and foregrounds the development of the student's own poetic practice in response to this context.
EN5902 - Contemporary Technologies of Writing
This taught course unit involves the study and practice of contemporary poetry and writing in an expanded field, with students cultivating their own creative practice in relation to developments in the visual arts, new media, sound art, site-related work and performance.
EN5903 - Practical Work Project
This independent-study course unit involves the support and development of students’ own poetic practice leading to a large-scale, independent project responding creatively to relevant critical, theoretical and contextual research in the field of poetic practice.
EN5904 - Dissertation
The dissertation consists of critical reflection on the practice of the Final Work Project, situating the project theoretically and historically in relation to contemporary poetic practice as well as the wider contexts studied on the course.
EN5001 - Methods and Materials of Research
Methods and Materials of Research: This course unit is designed to introduce some of the key skills required for graduate work as well as to inform students about library and computing resources. This work is examined by a Pass/Fail examination.
Teaching is mainly by weekly two-hour seminars during the first and second terms. Seminars are currently timetabled 5:00pm till 7:00pm on Tuesday and Wednesday to permit part-time students in employment to attend. Students develop a practical work project during the remaining part of the programme. Teaching is in central London.
As part of the course, students also attend the Department's research seminars as well as the TALKS series organised by Professor Hampson and the POLYply event series organised by members of the Poetics Research Group seminars at the CES, IUSS and other central London locations.
A minimum of a 2:1 UK honours degree in Single Honours English, Fine Art, History of Art or Combined Honours English or overseas equivalent.
Students should possess a familiarity with at least some of the following areas: contemporary literature and theory, the visual arts and theory, the practices of literary study. All applicants will be requested to submit a portfolio of their creative work. Overseas applicants will be interviewed by email: a portfolio of creative work will be required with the application.
Candidates with professional qualifications and relevant experience in an associated area or with relevant publications will be considered. Non-standard applicants are considered on their merits, but ability to follow the course depends on a degree of familiarity with contemporary literature and with the practices of literary study.
Students from the MA Poetic Practice have been highly successful in gaining recognition for the work that they have produced on the course. They include:
Each student is examined in elements (1), (2), (3), and (4) of the programme. Element (5) is not examined. There are no traditional examination papers. Instead, each course in elements (1) and (2) is examined by a portfolio of work, which comprises four projects and relevant methodologies. In addition, students are required to write a dissertation of 12,000-15,000 words (excluding bibliography and appendices) on an approved topic related their practice and its contextualisation, to be submitted at the end of the year's study. Part-time students submit the dissertation at the end of their second year.