Creative Writing, M.Phil.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    15408 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    8428 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
    Language
University rank #117 (WUR) ,
The course is intended for students who are seriously committed to writing, are practising, or prospective authors and who wish to develop their writing within the framework of a university course and in the context of an Irish literary milieu.

About

This course - the first Master's programme in Creative Writing offered in an Irish university - was offered by the School of English for the first time in 1997. It is based in the Trinity Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing, 21 Westland Row, Dublin 2, the birthplace of Oscar Wilde.

It involves the close and critical examination of the students' work in two separate group workshops and under guided personal tuition. Workshops are the heart of the course and offer participants the opportunity to discuss in an encouraging environment where and why a piece of work is not of a high enough standard and how it may be re-written in order to ensure that it does what the author wishes it to do. Students will also engage with professional techniques of book editing and publishing, and share the opportunity to explore the cultural and literary contexts of writing in Ireland.

Programme Structure

Mandatory courses

  • Workshops in Creative Writing Michaelmas Term 
  • Workshops in Creative Writing Hilary Term 
  • The Briena Staunton Practice of Writing Seminar 
  • Writer Fellow Specialist Workshop 
  • Visiting Writer Specialist Creative Writing Workshop 
  •  Writing for a Living

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    90 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
Check if you match the admission requirements

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score (Grade A):

    200

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    90

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Applicants, who are expected to have a university degree or equivalent qualification, normally in English or another appropriate subject, will be selected on the basis of a portfolio of recent creative work submitted with the application. The portfolio of sample work should include no more than 3000 words of prose (short stories, excerpt/s from a novel or drama) or 6-8 poems; genres may be combined but this is not a requirement. Students are required to take workshops, attend courses of lectures, and take one specialist writing workshop, while continuing to develop their own individual work throughout the year.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15408 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15408 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8428 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8428 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.

Living costs for Dublin

1,100 - 1,800 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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