Master of Arts (Creative Writing)
Course code: 3773 ~ Course abbreviation: MA(CreatWrit) ~ 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts
Study mode and course location
The MA in Creative Writing is offered by 100 per cent research. At the completion of the course, candidates will be required to submit for examination a component of their own creative writing.
For the purpose of this course, `a component of creative writing' will be a novel or a novella or a group of short stories or a play or a group of plays or a sequence of poems of a portfolio of creative works of various genres. The creative writing component submitted for examination as part of the thesis must be undertaken during the enrolment in the MA, under supervision. The `exegesis' will constitute a scholarly, self-reflexive critique, based on research into the theory and practice of the creative process focused on the student's creative writing component, the writing of which will itself be considered as an act of research into the nature of literary creativity. The exegesis will involve thoroughly researching the various aspects of the creative writing project: the creative process, the characteristics of the attempted genre, the mechanics of handling language and narrative, the influence of other relevant writers, context, and the shaping elements in a work of art.
Grades for the award of a research masters degree
The minimum pass grade for masters by research is 60 C (credit). There are three qualifying grades: honours 2B (60-69), honours 2A (70-79) and honours 1 (80-100).
At the completion of the course, candidates will be required to submit for examination a component of their own creative writing of 20,000 to 25,000 words, together with a critical explanation (an `exegesis') of 10,000 to 15,000 words, the combined word total normally not to exceed 40,000 words or be less than 30,000 words. Approval may be given to a candidate to write a creative work component of more than 25,000 words when that greater length is appropriate to the genre. However, in this event, the exegesis must still remain at the prescribed length of 10,000 to 15,000 words. Approval should be sought at the time of the review of candidature.
Refer to discipline entry in the `Areas of study' section.
Dr Chandani Lokuge