Key Programme Information
Programme length *
Subject to staff availability.
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Arts, English and Languages
* 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.
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MA Creative Writing
Speaker - Dr Garrett Carr , Programme Director
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.
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.
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 & Feedback
Learning and Teaching
Morning and Afternoon.
Occasional and optional seminars may take place on Saturdays.
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: qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs
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. Please click the links below for more information:
- 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
How To Apply
Applicants for Postgraduate programmes are strongly advised to carefully read the important information and follow the steps set out here before submitting their application via the Postgraduate Direct Applications Portal.
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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.
Fees & Funding
There is a range of funding and scholarship options available to those considering study at Queen's.
For tuition fee information see www.qub.ac.uk/Study/PostgraduateStudy/TuitionFees/
From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.
A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.
Funding is available on a competitive basis; for the most recent information please see the fees, funding and further information section of the Graduate School website.
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