This MA covers a range of genres and forms, and it interacts with our other postgraduate offerings in publishing, literature and drama. The course thus builds on our strengths in the teaching of writing for page and stage, journalism and other media. This course is open to applicants from any disciplinary background (within and beyond the arts) and welcomes all types of writing interests. A 'qualifer' option is available for potential applicants who do not have a university degree but have a suitable publications record or sufficient experience in a related creative field.
Students take six modules in total. One of these is year-long and compulsory: the Writers' Seminar. In addition, students elect five other semester-long modules, two from one semester, and three from the other. As well as year-long workshops in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and playwriting, modules on offer typically include Literary and Cultural Journalism, Feature Writing, and Travel Writing.
Minimum Entry Requirements
A university degree (minimum standard 2.2, or US GPA 3.0) or the equivalent in education and/or professional experience. Students will be accepted on the basis of their degree result (and/or experience), a sample of recent writing (3,000 words maximum) and a personal statement of interest (500 words maximum). Those who wish to explore possibilities for entry through the 'qualifier' option should contact the course director.
1 year full-time.
Post Course Info
Graduates have gone on to work in the areas of teaching, journalism, publishing, editing, public relations and marketing. Graduates have also progressed to various doctoral programmes in the humanities—and it is now also possible to undertake a practice-led PhD in English/Creative Writing at NUI Galway. Many graduates have concentrated on their development as independent writers, and over 60 books have been published by writers from this MA.