Self, Voice and Creativity in Research Writing (533X8)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

This module will provide an opportunity for you to reflect on your writing process and on yourselves as writers, through reading and seminar discussion, as well as through the practice of writing techniques and creative writing exercises specially designed for this purpose. We will focus on academic writing as a genre, or 'authoritative discourse' in Mikhail Bakhtin's terms, and explore ways in which writers can develop their own voice and self-presence within it. We will consider the effect of the imagined reader in the writing process, such as the examiner or the institution, on the development of voice and writing identity in this context and how it impacts on the way we tell the story of our research. You will be expected to keep a learning journal during the module and to write a reflective paper on your learning at the end of the module. 

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 16 hours of contact time and about 134 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: