Postgraduate Factfile: Writing MA

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Course at a glance

Mode of study: Part Time (2 years)
Start date: September 2015
Expected Intake: 18
  • Learn from practising and published writers
  • Study on a unique programme providing training in e-publishing and detailed peer critique workshops
  • Strong links with Curtis Brown, Blake Friedman, The Society of Authors, the Royal Literary Fund, NAWE, Hodder and Stoughton, Parthian, Salt, Everyman Theatre, Byte the Book, Tindall Street, BBC Radio, Comma Press and Faber & Faber
  • Taught in the £38million Redmonds Building in the heart of Liverpool city centre


Course overview

This programme is ideal if you want to develop your writing talent in a university setting, working with tutors who are practicing and published writers. You will benefit from the close study of writerly techniques and strategies, develop your work to a professional standard and gain access to professional practitioners, such as visiting novelists, poets and screenwriters as well as editors, agents and publishers, allowing your work to thrive in the wider world.

The course explores the process of writing from first inspiration to final draft and publication, and is unique among British postgraduate courses for its training in website construction, pitching and e-publishing.

You will be taught by professional, experienced and enthusiastic academic staff with extensive and current industry experience. External examiners and visiting speakers from the world of publishing and broadcasting attest to the course’s national standing, the scrupulousness of its assessments, the quality of the teaching, and the high standards of the work it generates.

This programme benefits from having literary representation from a number of agents who know and approve of the course, as well as links with the BBC and independent production companies for film and radio. It also has links with professional bodies such as The Writers' Guild, The Society of Authors, literary agents Curtis Brown and Blake Friedman, Pulp Idol and the Writing in the Wall Festival, Parthian, Salt, the Royal Literary Fund, Byte the Book, NAWE, BBC Radio, Comma Press, Wild Writers and In the Red, in which student work is published alongside that of established writers such as Roger McGough, Gunter Grass, Alice Oswald and Dave Eggers.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be through analytic, creative and group workshops, with most of its marks awarded for creative writing, accompanied by reflective commentaries; there are also two oral assessment tasks related to pitching and presenting, as well as the writer’s website.

What do past and present students say about the course?

"Liverpool is known as the Pool of Life, no better place then for an MA in Writing.  During my first year I've won an international writing competition, got through to the latter stages of the Brit Writers Awards and launched a series of children's books, Astrobods, that today are sitting on the shelves of Waterstones and WH Smiths."

"This exciting MA programme gave me the confidence to call myself a writer."

Introduction to the School

The Liverpool Screen School, based in the University's Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies, offers undergraduate programmes in Creative Writing, Drama, Film Studies, International Journalism, Journalism and Media Production and postgraduate courses in Screenwriting, International Journalism and Research. We pride ourselves on providing a warm and friendly environment with a strong commitment to nurturing and supporting creativity whilst offering excellent learning resources and first-class student support. You will be taught by professional, experienced and enthusiastic academic staff with extensive and current practical industry experience.
 
As well as being a thriving academic community the School has strong links with local, national and international media companies and institutions including the BBC, Trinity Mirror and Lime Pictures. These productive working relationships provide opportunities for students to undertake work placements and research projects and thereby enhance their employability.

The School is also part of the BBC North Developing Talent Scheme.

Since September 2012, the Liverpool Screen School has been based in the breathtaking Redmonds Building within the Knowledge Quarter of Liverpool city centre.

Staff research interests

James Friel's latest novel, The Posthumous Affair, was published in 2011. He has published four other novels, and short fiction has been published nationally and internationally in Boomerang, Blithe House, Etchings, Pretext and by Comma Press. His work is regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4 and internationally, and he works with the film and radio production company, Catherine Bailey Ltd. He has received awards and bursaries from the Betty Trask Prize, the Society of Authors, the Royal Literary Fund, the Authors Foundation Award, and the Welsh Arts Council. He is a contributor to The Writer’s Workbook and The Creative Writing Coursebook, and he has written for Time Out, The Universe, Cercles, Fable, and Harper’s & Queen. He has been the external examiner for University of East Anglia and Greenwich, and works regularly for the Arvon Foundation and Ty Newydd, and is Visiting Writer at the Université de Rouen.

Alicia Stubbersfield's work includes the three poetry collections, The Magician’s Assistant, Unsuitable Shoes, and most recently, Joking Apart. Her poetry has appeared in Magma, The Rialto, The North, Ambit, and in the anthologies, The Honey Gatherers, edited by Maura Dooley, and Out of Fashion, edited by Carol Ann Duffy. She has performed at the Ledbury, Bristol and Aldeburgh Poetry Festivals, at the Chester, Lancaster, Ilkley and Cheltenham Literature Festivals and on the Aldeburgh Lottery Funded Tour. She has written widely on Writing and Education, including for THES and the Journal of the National Association of Writers in Education. She is a lecturer at the Centre for Writing at Liverpool John Moores University and a tutor at the Poetry School in Manchester, and tutors at the Arvon Foundation and the Taliesin Trust at Ty Newydd.

The Centre for Writing at LJMU also includes the poets, Eleanor Rees and Sarah Maclennan, screenwriters John Maxwell and Dave Jackson, poet and novelist, Aileen La Tourette, and the novelist, Gareth Creer, and also hosts an impressive array of guest speakers and lecturers from the writing professions across all media.

Employment and careers

As well as being a thriving academic community, the School works closely with local, national and international media companies and institutions including the BBC, Trinity Mirror and Lime Pictures. These productive working relationships provide opportunities for students to undertake work placements and research projects, enhancing their employability.

As a postgraduate student you will be able to take full advantage of the extensive range of advice and guidance available in our World of Work Careers Centre, including our Ready for Work training courses, which cover everything from interview skills to preparing for assessment centre tests.

LJMU also has a dedicated Centre for Entrepreneurship, offering business advice and start-up funding, to students and graduates interested in setting up their own companies or working freelance.

Our World of Work Programme – endorsed by FTSE 100 companies and leading business organisations – offers you the chance to get an additional certificate proving to potential employers that you have the skills and experience they are looking for. No other university in the UK or internationally, offers students the chance to develop these skills and organisations backing the scheme include the Confederation of British Industry, United Utilities, Sony, Siemens, Peugeot Citroen and Marks and Spencer.

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International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.

Scholarships

LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University from September 2014 onwards.

These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.

You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international

Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:

  • new international applicants
  • current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
  • LJMU international alumni
Name of scholarship Level of study Value of scholarship Number available Additional eligibility criteria
John Moores International Undergraduate Scholarship Postgraduate taught and research degrees (MSc, MA, MRes, MPhil / PhD) A full tuition fee waiver worth up to £12,000 8 You must:
  • have an English IELTS score of 7.0 (with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component) or recognised equivalent
  • be a self-funded student
  • have a valid offer to study a masters programme at LJMU in September 2014
  • submit a completed scholarship application form
Developing Global Citizens Postgraduate Scholarship Postgraduate taught degrees (MSc, MA, MRes) A one-off £4,000 fee waiver 20 You must
  • be a self-funded student from Africa, the ASEAN countries, the People’s Republic of China or Commonwealth country
  • have a valid offer to study a masters degree or research programme at LJMU in September 2014
  • submit a completed scholarship application form

English for Postgraduate courses bursary

A bursary will be available for students who must complete the six week English for Postgraduate Studies course to improve their IELTS score by 0.5 prior to enrolling on their postgraduate taught or research degree at LJMU.

This bursary is worth £700 and takes the form of a tuition fee waiver, which will be deducted from your tuition fee when you enrol on your degree programme. You do not need to complete the online scholarship form in order to receive this bursary. Please note: If you are awarded this bursary you are not eligible to apply for an international scholarship.

English language requirements

IELTS

6.5 (Min. 6.0 in each component)

Pearson

58-64

TOFEL

79 (Min. L. 17/ R. 18/ S. 20/ W.17 for UKBA Purposes)

Entry requirements

English, Writing or a cognate subject; however: in this context due cognisance will be made of other academic qualifications, for example: A Levels, BTEC, Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Highers

Degree classification: 2:1

Applicants who demonstrate professional skills and evidence of achievement in a related area: film and video production, publishing, journalism, radio, theatre, and creative writing, will also be considered.

We place particular emphasis on both the portfolio and the interview. The above requirements may be waived if a portfolio shows promise.

All prospective students will be required to complete an application form, which includes a one-page statement explaining their reasons for applying, and to submit a portfolio of 20 pages of screen, stage and/or radio play(s), or 3,000 words of fiction, or 100-150 lines of poetry, or an equivalent combination of these genres.

Application and Selection

All prospective students will be required to complete an application form, which includes a one-page statement explaining their reasons for applying, and to submit a portfolio of 20 pages of screen, stage and/or radio play(s), or 3,000 words of fiction, or 100-150 lines of poetry, or an equivalent combination of these genres.

Fees information

Tuition fees for 2015 entry will be confirmed in 2015.  2013 fees for Home and EU students were £2,500 per annum.

Home and EU student fees can be paid in full or by instalments throughout the academic year.

Financial support

All final year LJMU students and all LJMU alumni, irrespective of when they graduated, are eligible to apply for a 15% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. This generous tuition fee discount available to Home and International LJMU students (subject to eligibility) replaces the previous £500 cash bursary and applies to taught master's and research degree tuition fees. 

How to apply

Further information

Please contact the Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies on:

tel: 0151 231 5175
email: APSadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk
web: Faculty web site

If you have any queries relating to LJMU or university life in general please contact:

Course Enquiries
tel: +44(0)151 231 5090
email: courses@ljmu.ac.uk
web: www.ljmu.ac.uk

Please apply via the online application form

LJMU's Admissions policy is in line with the University's Equal Opportunities Policy and applications are welcome from all candidates who fulfil the entry criteria. The university has a commitment to equality of opportunity and welcomes application from everyone regardless of age, disability, race or sex. The University is committed to widening participation and therefore will actively consider applicants who do not have a relevant degree but who are able to provide satisfactory evidence of their knowledge in the area. All applicants will be considered by the Recruitment and Selection Panel, if shortlisted applicants will be asked to attend for an interview.

International students

LJMU offers an extensive support system through its international office and study centre. An equivalence to the normal entry requirements is needed for entry. Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example with an IELTS tests or equivalent. Please note that because of UK visa restrictions, International students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis. Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.


Please Note: The University reserves the right to cancel, suspend or modify in any way the information contained in this leaflet.


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