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Postgraduate study at Huddersfield 2017/18

English and Creative Writing


Postgraduate study with

one big plus after another ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE WORLD LEADING AND INTERNATIONALLY EXCELLENT RESEARCH VIBRANT POSTGRADUATE COMMUNITY STRONG PROFESSIONAL LINKS FRIENDLY AND SUPPORTIVE INSPIRING HIGH ACHIEVING WELCOME English Literature has research expertise ranging from Renaissance writing, Romantic literature and war, and Victorian masculinities, to contemporary literature and theory. Creative Writing staff have particular expertise in novel writing, short story writing and script writing, as well as interests in experimental and innovative work. We have an active and collaborative research environment, including a research seminar series and an annual postgraduate conference. Externally, we showcase our research in collaborations with European universities and regional heritage organisations. Our connections with events such as the Ilkley Literature Festival and our own Huddersfield Literature Festival provide opportunities to work with leading UK and international writers and participate in behind-the-scenes activities.

Dr Merrick Burrow Head of English Literature and Creative Writing

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Our long-standing reputation for internationally excellent research ranges across specialisms in Renaissance, Romantic, Victorian and contemporary literature.

You’ll benefit from the work being carried out by staff who are actively engaged in research and publication, at the cutting edge of their various specialisms – many of whom have attracted prestigious national and international grants (for example, Professor Jessica Malay’s work on the Anne Clifford Project), or are working on research collaborations with other reputable institutions (Dr Jodie Matthews’ research for the Canal and River Trust), including partnerships with international universities and academics (such as the collaborative work with the University of Cergy-Pontoise, Paris under the auspices of the Northern Nineteenth-Century Network).

Our Creative Writing staff have published widely, with their work read and translated across the globe. Dr Michael Stewart won the Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize for his debut novel ‘King Crow’ (2011); his radio play ‘Dead Man’s Suit’ was broadcast on Radio 4 in 2013; and Dr Simon Crump is a writer of compositive novels ‘My Elvis Blackout’, 2001, and ‘Neverland’, 2010.

The individual tutorials and research supervision you receive run alongside postgraduate workshops, a Literature and Creative Writing research seminar series, and an annual postgraduate conference – which you may even help to organise. There are opportunities to present to your peers – and externally - and occasions when you’ll be able to collaborate with staff to create work for publication.

Three reasons to choose English and Creative Writing at Huddersfield

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All our teaching staff are members of the Higher Education Academy* and are leading researchers in their fields or award-winning Creative Writers with extensive publication experience.

Our international research strengths range from Renaissance to contemporary literature. Our Creative Writers are experts in a range of areas, from short fiction and scriptwriting, to experimental novels and epic poetry.

We offer excellent facilities and resources in the Oastler Building and the Library, and host a vibrant contemporary literature scene at the Huddersfield LitFest.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.

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English Literature postgraduate study

For detailed course information, including entry requirements and fees and financial support information, please visit hud.ac.uk/courses

Whether as a Master’s or PhD student, you’ll be joining a vibrant postgraduate community, with internationally recognised research strengths in a variety of periods and areas. English Literature MA by Research

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Duration

Duration

3 years full-time 6 years part-time

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time, with an optional writing up period of 4 months

Entry requirements • A 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in English Literature.

We’re happy to supervise students in a wide range of areas and periods. We have particular strengths in Shakespeare and Renaissance studies, war and Romanticism, Victorian literature and culture, and contemporary literature and theory. Recent students have worked on spatial mapping and literary London, adaptations of Dickens’ novels, autobiography and affect, and Modernism and consumption.

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English Literature PhD

Entry requirements • A Master’s degree or an honours degree (2:1 or above) from a UK university or equivalent, in a discipline appropriate to the proposed programme to be followed, or appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level, which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment.

We welcome proposals on writers or texts from the Renaissance, the Romantic era, the Victorian period, modernism, postmodernism and contemporary literature and are especially interested in working with students on innovative critical approaches to both traditional/ canonical and non-traditional or non-canonical texts. We welcome theoretical proposals relating to gender studies, ecocriticism, cultural gerontology, contemporary philosophy, and emerging critical approaches. We’re also equipped to supervise dissertations on literary texts in English beyond the British Isles. Recent work includes research into the diasporic writing of South Asian Women, literatures of partition, early 20th Century feminist and author Charlotte Haldane, and the contemporary post-apocalypse.

“My research focuses on representation from the 19th Century, especially the ways in which people who moved around the country were depicted. This includes Romani people, canal boat people, seasonal agricultural workers, and showpeople. My work on canal boat people led to my appointment as the Canal & River Trust’s first honorary research fellow for their museums. My research has that very practical aspect, communicating the latest research findings to people beyond the University, as well as producing high-quality academic books and articles. Supervising postgraduate students is an absolute privilege and one of the really exciting parts of the job of an academic. Those moments where a postgraduate colleague has a research breakthrough and finds something new or gains fresh insight into a topic are what research in universities is all about.” Dr Jodie Matthews Lecturer in English Literature

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Creative Writing at the University of Huddersfield

For detailed course information, including entry requirements and fees and financial support information, please visit hud.ac.uk/courses

We show our commitment to our students by providing opportunities for publication, and for interaction with renowned poets and fiction writers. Our biennial competition for new writers, the anthology Grist, publishes new work alongside pieces by established writers such as Simon Armitage, Ian Mcmillan, Lemn Sissay, Helen Simpson, Melvin Burgess and Alexei Sayle, and is given away free to libraries, higher education institutions and literary agents. The annual Huddersfield Literature Festival, established in 2006, provides innovative and high-profile events which showcase new and emerging writers and brings big-name authors to Huddersfield for readings, workshops and masterclasses.

Creative Writing MA by Research

Creative Writing PhD

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Duration

Duration

3 years full-time 6 years part-time

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time, with an optional writing up period of 4 months

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

• A Master’s degree or an honours degree (2:1 or above) from a UK university or equivalent, in a discipline appropriate to the proposed programme to be followed, or appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level, which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment.

• A 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in English Literature.

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We welcome applications from students interested in a range of areas and genres. We would be interested in supervising projects in areas such as writing plays for the stage or radio; short fiction; the experimental novel; the epic; poetry and place; and biography and heterobiography. If your interests are not covered by this, then talk to us – we like to supervise work involving innovative and original approaches and creative ideas.

“Organising the English Department’s annual Postgraduate Conference has been a great way of learning about the inner workings of academic events and the day itself is a really good opportunity to find out about the wide range of research that goes on in the department.” Nicholas Gardiner English Language and Literature PhD

We particularly welcome proposals that coincide with our specialisms. We’re interested in supervising novelists, short fiction writers, creative non-fiction writers, poets and scriptwriters. In addition, we’re happy to supervise more innovative work, including cross-disciplinary proposals. Recent work includes a creative non-fiction book on the life and work of Andrea Dunbar.

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Creative Writing PhD by Publication

AT A GLANCE Duration Studied on a part-time basis with a maximum duration of 12 months

English and Creative Writing research

Entry requirements

Creative Writing at Huddersfield is led by a team of award-winning writers across the genres of novels, short fiction, verse and writing for stage and screen. We’re one of the few higher education institutions that offer a PhD by Publication in Creative Writing to external candidates. The doctorate is open to writers with creative publications in the public domain, such as a novel, a full-length collection of short fiction, poetry or full-length script, and usually takes less than 12 months to complete.

• A Master’s degree or an honours degree (2:1 or above) from a UK university or equivalent, in a discipline appropriate to the proposed programme to be followed, or appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level, which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment.

For detailed course information, including entry requirements and fees and financial support information, please visit hud.ac.uk/courses

We actively seek to engage a wider community in the exploration of literature and creativity, with opportunities for you to get involved in literary festivals, arts and humanities groups, and education projects.

Steffanie El Madawi English Language and Literature PhD

Public engagement is at the core of our research. This is reflected in the work of our academic staff with organisations such as First Story, the Canal and River Trust, the South Yorkshire Ted Hughes Project, Kirklees Museums and Galleries, and the Elmet Trust.

In addition to the creative publications you have already produced, which should represent the equivalent of at least three years’ of full-time work, we ask you to complete a 10,000-word commentary that demonstrates how your published writing has contributed to new knowledge.

We also host the annual J B Priestley lecture series in which an eminent figure in contemporary literature is invited to deliver a topical lecture on the intersection of literature, politics and society – the inaugural event was presented by novelist and journalist Will Self.

Candidates for this PhD by Publication will typically be literary writers with a proven track record who are either working, or have aspirations to work in higher education.

The University supports the annual Huddersfield Literature Festival, attracting such high profile authors as Andrew Motion, Joanne Harris, Irvine Welsh, Alexei Sayle, Jim Crace, Jodi Picoult, Kate Atkinson and Simon Armitage, in addition to providing an outlet for up-and-coming writers. We also regularly publish The Grist Anthology of New Writing which offers publishing opportunities to emerging poets and short fiction writers. You can enter your work in Grist’s biannual competition, with the best work published in the anthology.

“The lecturers are really helpful in terms of thinking about writing novels based on real people, and in helping me consider the ethical, literary, and biographical aspects of my project. Huddersfield punches way above its weight in the Humanities and I would recommend it to any student who is seeking self-development, academic opportunities and a culture of excellence.”

“Presenting at a national conference helped me foster relationships with academics from around the globe.”

“PhD study can be a solitary experience but my supervisors at Huddersfield are extremely supportive and always create an atmosphere that is both friendly and inspiring.“ Sairish Hussain English Language and Literature PhD

Adelle Stripe Creative Writing PhD

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LIFE ON CAMPUS

The University of Huddersfield offers a diverse and vibrant student environment. Located on one campus site, you’ll have access to a wide range of learning resources and social amenities.

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You can’t help but be inspired by our location. There’s innovative new buildings and converted mills alongside a canal, tree lined towpath walk and old bridges, all just a stone’s throw away from the shops and services in the town centre.

Oastler Building January 2017 saw the opening of a new building containing facilities dedicated to the Humanities. The Oastler Building is where you will be based, in flexible teaching and study spaces with the latest audiovisual and collaborative learning facilities. Our Library is just two minutes’ walk away, with 24-hour access to its IT facilities. You’ll find several databases there, including Oxford Reference Online, Early English Books Online, 18th Century Collections Online, the British Periodicals Collection and the Literary Encyclopedia, and subject specialists to help you find source materials and develop your information retrieval skills. Student Central Student Central is a £22.5m hub that combines access to the Library, computing, sport, leisure and eating space all under one roof. Our fully equipped sports facilities, run by Team Hud, feature a state-of-the-art gym, badminton courts and studios which host over 60 classes per week. The ground floor of Student Central is home to our support services including, careers, finance and international support. On the first floor you’ll find our Students’ Union offering opportunities to get involved in the social life of the University.

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APPLY TO US We hope you’ve found all the information you need to inspire you to commence your journey as a postgraduate student here at Huddersfield. Now all you need to do is apply. You can make an online application for full-time courses, both taught and research. Simply visit hud.ac.uk/postgraduate/ howtoapply and complete our online application form.

If you’d like to speak with us about a specific course or would like to discuss part-time options, please see the ‘Get in Touch’ section below. Our tutors and course teams would love to chat with you about your interests and ambitions.

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English and Creative Writing 2017/18 Postgraduate Guide