What will I study?
How will I study?
This course totals around 150 hours of study and assessment time. As a guide, this works out to around 10-15 hours each week.
You can, to a large degree, set your own hours to cover the materials, fitting your studies around work and personal commitments.
There will be some activities that you have to attend at a fixed time – such as online meetings with your tutor – but otherwise, you can access and work through the course at your convenience.
Any scheduled activities that you can’t attend for a good reason will normally be recorded for you to view at a more convenient time.
This course is 100% online, and there are no exams.
Instead, you’ll be assessed via three methods:
- A 500-word essay describing and analysing, from the poet’s perspective, techniques used, and effects produced, in a chosen poem. You submit this in week 5. It counts for 10% of your mark.
- Your contributions to discussions and constructive participation in workshopping. This counts for 10% of your mark.
- A folio of original poetry, between 200-300 lines, that you submit at the end of the course. This counts for 80% of your mark.
Our first-class support structure will ensure that you aren’t alone in your studies. You’ll have contact with your tutors, which could be by email, Skype, Facetime or phone call, and you can use social media and discussion boards to chat with your fellow students.
We provide a wide range of services to support you in your studies and beyond:
- Careers service
- Disability support
- IT support
- Library support
- Student Support Service – help with finances, stress, wellbeing and non-academic issues
- Student Learning Service – study support, with advice sessions available via phone or Skype
- Aberdeen University Students’ Association (AUSA) – run by students for students
- Toolkit – clever apps and free training that can make your study life easier
Wherever you are in the world, you’ll still feel part of our very special Aberdeen learning community.
Cian Murphy, poet and former Writing Poetry student
It has given me a better sense of the sort of poems I write and the sort I want to write. I would recommend the course to any emerging poet who wants to develop their craft.
Where will this take me?
Your teaching team
Morag Smith, poet and former Writing Poetry student
Brought me back to reading a wider range of work by other poets and using that as a springboard for my own writing. Brilliant course - so glad I did it!
Am I ready?
We welcome students from all over the world. If you don’t have qualifications from the UK, see our International Entry Requirements to find out about equivalent qualifications from your country.
English language skills
We want to make sure that you can use English well enough to study this course. At this level of teaching, our language requirements are:
- IELTS 6.5 or above
- a minimum of 5.5 for the listening and speaking components
- and a minimum of 6.0 for the reading and writing components.
We’re also happy to accept other English language tests that meet the IELTS equivalent. See our English Language Requirements page to find out about equivalent qualifications from your country.
You will need access to:
A computer - PC, laptop or Mac - operating on:
- Windows 7 or later
- Mac OS 10.10 (Yosemite) or later, preferably Mac OS 10.12 (Sierra).
All our teaching materials are mobile-, smartphone- and tablet-friendly. However, you’re likely to need a proper keyboard for completing assignments.
Reliable internet access
With reasonable download speed: we broadly estimate at least 2MB so that you can fully take part in live sessions.
Speakers or headphones
- A headset with built-in microphone and earphones is useful if you’re likely to study in an environment with background noise.
- A webcam may be desirable for some interactive sessions.
We will give you access to Office365 applications. This means that you can use online versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and up to 5 copies of the full programs for installation on personal devices.
If your course requires any specialist software, then we’ll provide you with copies of this and a licence that lasts throughout your studies.
When you study with us, you can expect a first-class support structure that means you are never alone in your studies.
But learning online does mean that you have to motivate yourself and manage your own time.
Your most important commitment to your course will be time – the time to work through, reflect on and understand your teaching materials.
Before you start a course that involves a high degree of self-study, we recommend looking at the time you will be able to devote to your course each week:
- Be realistic
- Create a weekly schedule as a guide
Your course fee needs to be paid in full before you start your course.
We accept payment via all credit and debit cards except American Express.
Ways to save
There are several ways that you may be able to get help funding your studies:
- Employer sponsorship
- Student loan
- Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)
All our students are entitled to a University of Aberdeen student card, giving you access to a range of student discounts around the city and online.