Institution / Queens University Belfast

English - Creative Writing

The MA in English (Creative Writing) focuses on prose fiction and scriptwriting; applicants interested in writing poetry are referred to the MA in Poetry: Creativity and Criticism. The programme is designed to equip students to use their literary talents to the best of their ability, encourage development as independent writers and self-reflective lifelong learners, and provide them with a broad understanding of the literary marketplace and of the commercial aspects of literary production.

Why Queen's?
Creative Writing students are taught by experienced novelists, playwrights and screenwriters. They attend workshops with visiting authors, publishers, editors and agents, and have a number of opportunities to present their work, including at the Common Ground postgraduate conference held each year by the School of English.

Entry requirements

MA: a good 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Exceptions may be made in the case of applicants with a strong track record of publication, production, prize-winning or relevant professional experience.

PGDip: normally a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. In certain circumstances, students may be admitted on the strength of their writing alone. All applicants are required to submit a sample of original written work to assess their suitability for this programme.

Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL)
Admission to the programme(s) under Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) is permissible in the following circumstances:
• A lower level of performance in an Honours degree, in combination with suitable experience is acceptable
•Applications will be considered on the basis of experiential learning in combination with a sub-Honours degree level qualification
•Applications will be considered on the basis of experiential learning alone

For more information, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy.

International Qualifications For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.

Additional Information for International Students
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required.

*Taken within the last 2 years.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.

•English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level

•Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English


1 year, full-time, or 2 years part-time.

Learning and Teaching
Morning and Afternoon.

Occasional and optional seminars may take place on Saturdays.

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
Graduates from these programmes have a good employment record. Professions including publishing, journalism, public relations, teaching, advertising, the Civil Service, business, industry and the media all recruit from our pool of graduates. Some students choose to continue their studies to PhD level on a chosen, specialised topic in Creative Writing.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Further enquiries

Dr Darran McCann
School of Arts, English and Languages
Tel: 028 9097 5103

Subjects taught

Course Details
The following lists are indicative of the sort of modules that are likely to run in the 2015/16 academic year.

•Craft and Technique (Prose or Scriptwriting)
•Research Methods for Creative Writers

•Creative Writing Workshop (1 and 2): Drama
•Creative Writing Workshop (1 and 2): Prose
•From Page to Stage
•Life Writing

Plus a dissertation of up to 15,000 words prose, 80-90 pages of drama: portfolio of Creative Writing for the MA.

Assessment method

Written portfolios.

Application date

Postgraduate Taught
Closing dates do apply for some of our courses, and details of these are available on our Course Finder. We advise you to apply as early as possible, particularly for those courses where there is a high demand for places. Early application is also important for international applicants to allow sufficient time to obtain a student entry visa.

How to Apply
Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply. See application weblink below.

Enrolment and start dates

Entry year: 2018

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