As a student within the centre you can choose to follow either a critical or a creative pathway, or a combination of the two.
Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney was both a student and lecturer here in Queen's University, and other famous poet-alumni of the university include Ciaran Carson, Paul Muldoon and Medbh McGuckian.
Heaney was a founding member of the famous ‘Belfast Group’ in the 1960s: a forum in which young poets came together with critics to discuss their work and the craft of good poetry more generally. The fruitful interaction of creative and critical activity is at the heart of what the centre offers students.
The centre strives to be a home for generations of new writers, and a place where writing lives, for decades to come.
Programmes of Study
MA English - Creative Writing
The MA in Creative Writing focuses on prose fiction and scriptwriting. It encourages students to develop as independent writers and self-reflect. It provides a broad understanding of the literary marketplace and the commercial aspects of literary production.
Creative Writing students are taught by experienced novelists, playwrights and screenwriters, attend workshops with visiting authors, publishers, editors and agents, and have a number of opportunities to present their work.
- Creative Writing: Craft and Technique (Prose or Scriptwriting)
- Dissertation: Creative Writing
- Creative Writing Workshops
- From Page to Stage
- Life Writing
- Scriptwriting: Creative Writing
- Fiction: Creative Writing Work
MA in Creative Writing Scholarship
£5,000 Prose & Drama Scholarship
A Seamus Heaney Centre MA fee scholarship of £5,000 is available to a UK or Ireland full-time student every year.
- MA in Poetry: Creativity and Criticism
Poetry is an art that brings together creative and critical thought. This programme combines these two strands into one, making it suitable for poets and critics alike.
Students are taught in an environment with a reputation for writing and critical appreciation of poetry from Ireland, Britain and the United States and benefit from the literary activities and resources of the Seamus Heaney Centre.
Students have the opportunity to present their work to the public, through readings and journals produced at the Seamus Heaney Centre and are encouraged to take internship positions in the local literary landscape.
- Reading and Writing Poetry
- Structure and Serendipity
- The Poetry Collection
- Irish Poetry
- American Poetry from Dickinson to Today
- Poetry: Creative Writing Works
- Special Topic Creative Writing
MA in Poetry (Creative & Criticism) Scholarship
£10,000 International Poetry Scholarship
A Seamus Heaney Centre MA fee scholarship of £10,000 is available to an international student every year. This is granted as part of the Seamus Heaney Legacy, a joint ten-year project between the University and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, supported by the Atlantic Philanthropies.
- PhD in Creative Writing
The PhD in Creative Writing involves both an extended piece of creative work and a related critical component. To apply for a PhD in Creative Writing you must have already completed an MA in Creative Writing in the same genre. Students with a Distinction at MA level will be given preference.
The School of Arts, English and Languages at Queen’s remains one of a handful of institutions which offer a PhD in Creative Writing. A former graduate of the MA in Creative Writing, Emily Dedakis, was the first student in Ireland to attain a PhD in Creative Writing and places are currently available for students wishing to study poetry, prose, or scriptwriting at doctoral level.
Contact Linda for more information on how to apply, email@example.com.
Previous PhD alumni include:
- Emily DeDakis
- Paul Maddern
- Sheila Llewellyn
Other Learning Programmes
28 JUNE - 2 JULY 2021
The Seamus Heaney Centre’s Poetry Summer School is an annual intensive week of creative development for emerging poets, with seminars, workshops and one-to-one tutorials, alongside a programme of readings and other evening events. It will run online this year.
In March 2019, the Seamus Heaney Centre hosted a group of students from Villanova University Pennsylvania for a week-long intensive writing programme. Their tutors were stage and screenwriters, novellists, and poets from the Heaney Centre. Alongside this was a full programme of social and networking opportunities to introduce students to the city and its writers.