Creative Writing MA

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Course Code: CKE10 Full-time, CKE58 Part-time

Course Title: Creative Writing

College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Creative Writing

Duration: 1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time

Teaching Mode: Full-time, Part-Time

The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours and evening hours over 2 years.  The part-time option for the MA in Creative Writing is offered biannually. Taking the course part-time takes 24 months. We will be taking a part-time cohort in September 2015, and another in 2017.

Qualifications: MA

NFQ Level: Level 9

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU Fee: €6,500 full-time; €3,250 per year part-time; 2017/2018 Non-EU fee Full-time: €13,000.

Entry Requirements: Applications will be considered from graduates of all disciplines. Applicants will normally have an honours primary degree at (2.2 level or above) in any discipline. (See detailed entry requirements)

Closing Date: 1 May 2018

Closing Date (Non-EU): 1 May 2018, Applications open on 1 November 2017

Next Intake: 10 September 2018


Creative Writing allows us to interact with and shape our changing world; to study and influence artistic values and practices; and to cultivate inventive and authentic forms of expression. The UCC MA in Creative Writing encourages students to be curious about literature, to pursue creative excellence and to develop their writing in a university atmosphere. The course as a whole encourages and supports a full exploration of the creative self while also maintaining a strong vocational emphasis.

All of our courses are embedded in Cork’s dynamic creative milieu, rooted in expert practice and taught by highly accomplished professionals. A rich variety of modules are available, including Fiction, Poetry and Life Writing. Creative non-fiction options include innovative courses in Food Writing and Writing for Radio.

The School of English in UCC treats writing as a living, evolving practice: students taking the course will read and write in a context in which literature is being performed, transformed and adapted. Some of Ireland’s greatest writers have studied or taught at UCC, including Frank O’Connor, Sean O’Faolain, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and John Montague. Notable poets associated with UCC include Sean Lucy, Tom McCarthy, Sean Dunne, Paul Durcan, Theo Dorgan and Leanne O’Sullivan. The School of English hosts an annual Writer-In-Residence and previous holders of this prestigious post have included Mary Morrissy, Claire Keegan and Matthew Sweeney.

Course Details

This MA gives you the opportunity to write in an empathetic and academically rigorous context, amidst a dynamic cultural milieu. Core modules address key creative techniques and help sustain and refresh your writing. Professional development is mentored and supported via modules in The Business of Writing and in the Creative Industries.


Core Modules  (5 credits)

EN 6034          The Business of Writing         (5 credits)

plus 45 credits from a combination of  the following elective modules:

Elective Modules

EN6060 Mythology and Contemporary Poetry (10 credits) (subject to formal approval)
EN6061 Poetry Workshop (5 credits) (subject to formal approval)
EN6062 Craft of Fiction: The Short Story (5 credits) (subject to formal approval)
EN6056 Craft of Fiction: The Novel (5 credits) 
EN6032 Fiction Workshop (10 credits)
EN6033 Writing the Self: Fiction and non-Fiction (10 credits)
EN6031 Poetry 1 (10 credits)
EN6043 Poetry 2 (10 credits)
EN6042 Creative Writing Workshop (alternating genres)  (5 credits)
EN6057 Writing for Media (5 credits)


Core Module

This Core Module represents the culmination of the learning process fostered by this programme. Students produce a substantial portfolio of work and record the processes by which they write and research.
EN 6040            Dissertation   (40 credits)

Detailed Entry Requirements

Applications will be considered from graduates of all disciplines. Applicants will normally have an honours primary degree at Second Class Honours level (2.2 or above) in any discipline. For North American students a cumulative GPA of 3.2 is normally expected.

Applicants with relevant writing or arts experience (eg. working in publishing, journalism or arts administration) are also invited to apply.

All applicants will be asked to submit a short piece of creative writing (of at least 1000 words (any genre). This piece of creative writing will be used by the teaching team to evaluate each applicant's suitability. Further examples of applicant's work may be requested.

English Language Requirements: Minimum IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 100

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

Application Procedure

The part-time option is not on offer for 2018/2019

Application for this programme is on-line at   For full details of the application procedure click How to Apply

Please note you will be required to answer specific additional/supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of these additional/supplementary questions are available to view here:CKE10AdditionalQuestions 

Successful applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of €500 on acceptance of their place 


Course Practicalities

The MA in Creative Writing is taught on Mondays and Tuesdays during the Autumn and Spring Semesters (September to March). Seminar hours are approximately 6-8 per week and reading hours / writing assignments are likely to take another 8 hours per week. The course involves a mixture of seminars, workshops, placement and writing practice and students will work on self-reflexive essays and projects.


Students are assessed continuously during the course, submitting specified creative work alongside commentaries on their own creative practice

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