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MA Wild Writing: Literature, Landscape and the Environment

UK

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What will I learn?

Essex is one of the oldest inhabited areas of the British Isles, a landscape shaped by human history. Our MA Wild Writing allows you to explore this landscape and the wilder landscapes of Britain, as well as those across the world, through a combination of science and literature modules. Our field trips take you outside the classroom, often in sun, sometimes in snow or rain. You gain an understanding of key environmental challenges while building your own ways of approaching writing about the wild: creative, critical, and scientific.

One of only five universities in the UK to offer a taught postgraduate course on literature and the environment, we are unique in our combination of modules on contemporary nature writing, ecocriticism, and psychogeography literature.

Our full-year focus on writing about landscape, place, and the environment allows you the choice of focusing on developing your scholarly abilities through exploring ecocriticism, or on developing your creative writing practice about the natural world – or you can aim to advance both.

Your future

Several our graduates from the MA Wild Writing have gone on to undertake successful careers as writers; others are practicing artists, scholars, or environmentalists. One now works on climate change in Washington, another is a “wild practitioner” who work on the relation between nature and mental health, and another now works for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police around Chesapeake Bay!

Which department am I in?

Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£19,740.00 (US$ 23,813) per year
Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected August 2023

Start date

Expected October 2023

Venue

Colchester Campus

University of Essex,

Wivenhoe Park,

Colchester,

Essex,

CO4 3SQ, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The majority of our Postgraduate Taught Masters will consider applicants with GPA 2.50 from Bachelor degree.

For international students

You need a 2.2 degree in Creative Writing, Theatre/Drama Studies, Literature, Film and Media Studies, Modern Languages, Art History, Music, Philosophy, History, American Studies, Performance studies, Journalism, Law, Politics and Sociology. You may be asked to provide a piece of creative writing if you do not hold a degree in a relevant field. IELTS 7.0 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5 except for 6.5 in writing, TOEFL IBT 100 overall with minimum component scores: listening 17, reading 18, writing 26, and speaking 20.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About University of Essex

At Essex, students learn to think differently, find new ways of doing things and adopt new techniques for solving problems.

  • World-leading academics in a research-intensive environment
  • Foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees
  • Flexible course structure, students study what matters to them
  • Internationally diverse university

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