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. 


100%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

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.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.