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Academic Writing Development and Research MA

Academic Writing Development and Research MA

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Study mode

Distance without attendance


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Academic Writing Creative Writing Industrial Design / Research & Development

Course type


Course Summary


This course is an exciting new qualification for graduates and professionals interested in studying, researching, and teaching writing.

The focus of the course is on writing, rhetoric, and literacies research, and on how this research can inform the teaching of writing and writing development. The course programme builds upon the strength of the Centre for Academic Writing in the teaching of and research into academic writing, as well as Coventry University’s pioneering establishment of a Centre for Academic Writing.

Course information

The course begins by teaching key pedagogies for supporting academic writing for both study and professional writing purposes.

It also provides grounding in the theories and practices of how to set up and manage a writing centre, programme, or initiative. The course then offers in-depth learning about how to support postgraduates, academics, and researchers in writing for publication in English, and about how to develop students’ writing in the disciplines. Importantly, you will also learn how to research academic writing.

In the final semester of the MA, you will write a dissertation or portfolio based on an individually chosen research project, to inform your professional development.

Career prospects

Successful completion of this course will enhance your career prospects for working with students, academics, and other colleagues through supporting, teaching and carrying out research on academic writing.

This course combines the theory and practice necessary for working effectively as a writing developer in writing centres, learning centres, staff development centres, and research centres, and for providing writing support in disciplinary or workplace contexts, in the UK and internationally.

It will also prepare you to undertake research and doctoral study in the fields of Academic Writing, Composition and Rhetoric, Education, or a related field.


In this module, you will be taught the key theories and pedagogies underpinning the development and management of university academic writing programmes, centres, and initiatives. You will evaluate models of academic writing provision, both in terms of theoretical coherence and practicability (including an appraisal of their effectiveness, reach, and value-for-money).

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

2020/21 fees - £6,200. There may be slight difference in 21/22.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

2020/21 fees - £6,200. There may be slight difference in 21/22.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a second class honours degree or above in any academic discipline in the Humanities, Social Sciences, or Sciences, and have an interest in teaching, supporting, and researching academic writing. Applicants who can demonstrate relevant experience at an appropriate professional level but do not have the formal academic entry qualifications may be admitted subject to an application and assessment.

University information

Coventry University is a well-established higher education institution located in the West Midlands. As the UK’s fastest growing university, and the 6th largest overall, Coventry offers students a wide range of postgraduate courses, award-winning facilities and an extremely high standard of teaching. The main campus is in the heart of Coventry, a truly global metropolitan city with a diverse and dynamic student population. The university...more

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