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The Diploma/MLitt in Creative Writing is a taught postgraduate programme designed to offer students the opportunity to develop their creativity and literary skills in a highly supportive, constructive learning environment. It also introduces students to, and prepares them thoroughly for, the processes and challenges involved in publishing creative written work, whether poetry or prose.
Students can take this degree as a stand-alone one-year or two-year part-time Masters degree (but immigration regulations prevent an overseas student from outside the EU from studying part-time), or as a first step towards an MPhil or PhD (subject to admission to a further degree programme either at Aberdeen or elsewhere).
Hence, it is likely to appeal to those who wish to develop their own knowledge and practical skill in imaginative writing, those who wish to create a solid foundation on which to build a PhD research proposal in Creative Writing and those who wish to teach Creative Writing.
Graduates in Creative Writing are well-fitted for work in the creative industries, including publishing, journalism, advertising, broadcasting and literary agency. Many graduates go on to support their writing through education, too, and there is a growing demand for English teachers with a track record in creative writing skills and the ability to reflect on and communicate those accomplishments.
MLitt 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time
PgDip 9 months full time, 21 months part-time
(Non EU students should note that immigration regulations preclude part-time study)
Students will have the option of taking either one or both of two twelve-week creative writing courses.
In the first half session they may choose to take Creative Writing I: Poetry and in the second half session they are required to take Creative Writing II: Prose. Each course will provide a thorough grounding in the fundamental principles of effective creative writing. In addition to the advanced study of prose fiction techniques, the compulsory core module Creative Writing II: Prose will also prepare students for publication and support them in their preparatory work towards their dissertation folio which may be in poetry or fiction. Students will also need to choose either two or three elective courses from the School of Language & Literature, chosen in consultation with the programme coordinator.
Assessment methods vary by individual course and include written exercises, oral presentations and folios of poetry or prose. The MLitt also requires a 12-15,000 word folio dissertation, while the diploma consists of coursework alone.
The modules are delivered by an experienced teaching team comprising Professor Alan Spence (SAC Scottish Writer of the Year, 1995, author of The Pure Land, Glasgow Zen, and Stone Garden as well as many other award-winning works of prose fiction, drama and poetry) and Dr Wayne Price (author of short story collection Furnace and winner of a number of awards in major short story and poetry competitions including The Bridport (short story and poetry categories), Poetry on the Lake and the Edwin Morgan International Poetry Prize. Guest writers have also featured on the Programme in recent years including Kathleen Jamie, Janice Galloway and Bernard MacLaverty.
The standard entrance requirement is a good first degree in any Humanities discipline. UK applicants should normally have a 2.1 or above, though applicants with non-standard qualifications are also invited to apply.
The English Language Requirement for all College of Arts and Social Sciences Masters programmes is an IELTS of 6.5 with 6.0 in the writing and reading (or equivalent TOEFL iBT or PTE). For more information see
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