UCC Postgraduate courses

Creative Writing

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Creative Writing

  • Code

    CKE10 Full-time, CKE58 Part-time

  • College

    Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

  • Duration

    1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time

  • Teaching Mode

    Full-time, Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.

  • Qualifications

    MA

  • EU Fees 2019

    €6,500
    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees 2019

    €13,000

  • Entry Requirements

    Applications will be considered from graduates of all disciplines. Applicants will normally have an honours primary degree at (2H2 level or above) in any discipline. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    1 May 2019

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    1 March 2019

  • Start Date

    9 September 2019

Course Outline

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.

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.

Students take 90 credits as follows:

Part 1 (50 credits)

Core Modules 

  • EN6034 The Business of Writing (5 credits)

Elective Modules
Students take 45 credits from the following:

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

In order to ensure coherence and a good workload balance over the course of the programme, students will select their modules in consultation with the programme coordinator and other members of the Board of Studies as appropriate. Not all modules may be available every year.

Part II

  • EN6040 Dissertation in Creative Writing (40 credits)

Additional Teaching Mode Information

The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours and evening hours over 2 years.  Taking the course part-time takes 24 months.
The part-time option for the MA in Creative Writing is offered biannually.  We will be taking a part-time cohort in September 2019.

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can also apply online at  PAC.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students.

 

**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments. 

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.

Who Teaches on the Programme

Eibhear Walshe

Mary Morrissy

Leanne O'Sullivan

Why Choose This Course

This Creative Writing MA programme allows the student 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 creativeself while also maintaining a strong vocational emphasis. The course sustains and supports a life-long relationship with writing.

Skills and Careers Information

It provides an excellent foundation for a variety of writing careers, including authorship across a range of forms and styles, journalism, teaching and arts administration. The design of the MA will enable contacts with agents, publishers, and the professional world of the creative industries produce well-crafted writing in one of the forms of creative writing experiment with, engage with, and reflect on a diversity of writing practices express an awareness of the role of technique and craft in their own work, that of their peers, and that of other writers understand the importance of editing and revision in the process of writing express an awareness of the creative process in their own work, that of their peers, and that of other writers develop appropriate research methods and record processes of self-reflection reflect upon and discuss the conceptual challenges of the creative process understand the practical constraints and professional opportunities of life as a writer.

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.

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.

View the grades comparison table

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .

Fees and Costs

The fee for this course is €6,500.

Part-time students:

If your course is offered full time and part time, normally the fee for part time course is half the full time fee per year, please check the fact file for confirmation.

Deposits:

If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.

EU student fee payment:

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment:

Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.

How can I pay?

By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.

Questions?

If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie .

The Non-EU fee for this course is €13,000.

Non-EU Fees

Fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary forms requested for your course.

Please log into PAC for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application system PAC opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details. 

Questions on how to apply?

Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

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 

Deposit

Please note that successful EU applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of €500 on acceptance of their place.

Deferrals

Deferrals are not permitted on the 2 year part-time option.

The closing date for non-EU applications is 1 March 2019

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