Confirmation of Candidature Guidelines - Master of Arts (Creative Writing)
The Master of Arts (Creative Writing) is a 100% research degree that comprises a thesis consisting of two components:
1. the creative and
2. the exegesis.
Masters candidates are required to supply a detailed written document comprising material that focuses on the two parts of the thesis (the creative component and the exegetical).
The candidate should submit:
a segment of the creative component and/or work in progress that focuses on the overall creative project.
- material that focuses on the exegesis. This section should engage with the creative and theoretical context of the overall project and the relationship between the creative component and the exegesis
- a research plan and timeline for each component.
The total length of the documents submitted should be 5,000 – 6,000 words. The material presented must be focused on the creative component and the exegesis in a 60-40% or 70%-30% split respectively in the required words.
Both components should engage with:
§ Title of research project
§ Statement of the research question
(ii) research question or hypothesis
(iii) subsidiary questions
(iv) review of relevant research in theory and practice
§ The Method of Inquiry
(i) conceptual framework
(ii) research approach/design
(iii) the relationship between the practical and critical components within the overall project
The submission must include:
§ Time-table for completing the overall research project
§ Brief Bibliography
§ List of publications/productions produced during probationary candidature (if applicable)
In addition to the written submission, candidates will also be asked to give an oral presentation to a Review Panel. The Review Panel will assess candidate's research proposal and a recommendation will be given in the form of a panel report. Once the review process has been completed, the panel report together with the review documentation must be submitted to the Arts Research Graduate School.
Upgrading to PhD
MA candidates seeking to upgrade to PhD must also supply a drafted chapter of their proposed thesis.
For more information please contact the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies or Dr Chandani Lokuge at 9905 52136.