Postgraduate
MA Creative Writing

University College Cork

Course Overview


The School of English in UCC treats writing as a living, evolving practice: students taking the course will read and write in a context in which literature is being performed, transformed and adapted.

Some of Ireland’s greatest writers have studied or taught at UCC, including Frank O’Connor, Sean O’Faolain, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and John Montague. Notable poets associated with UCC include Sean Lucy, Tom McCarthy, Sean Dunne, Paul Durcan, Theo Dorgan and Leanne O’Sullivan. The School of English hosts an annual Writer-In-Residence and previous holders of this prestigious post have included Mary Morrissy, Claire Keegan and Matthew Sweeney. Creative Writing allows us to interact with and shape our changing world; to study and influence artistic values and practices; and to cultivate inventive and authentic forms of expression. The UCC MA in Creative Writing encourages students to be curious about literature, to pursue creative excellence and to develop their writing in a university atmosphere. The course as a whole encourages and supports a full exploration of the creative self while also maintaining a strong vocational emphasis.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Cork City

What is the length of the course?

12 Months Full-time (1 Year)


When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?

September

Placement options


Application Closing Date

Open for applications

Number of Places

Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 13,000

Living Costs per year

€ 10,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits


  • This Creative Writing MA programme allows the student to interact with and shape our changing world; to study and influence artistic values and practices; and to cultivate inventive and authentic forms of expression.
  • The course as a whole encourages and supports a full exploration of the creativeself while also maintaining a strong vocational emphasis.
  • The UCC MA in Creative Writing encourages students to be curious about literature, to pursue creative excellence and to develop their writing in a university atmosphere.
  • The course sustains and supports a life-long relationship with writing.

Entry requirements

How to Apply

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As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum entry requirements

1. Applications will be considered from graduates of all disciplines. Applicants will normally have an honours primary degree at Second Class Honours level (2.2 or above) in any discipline. For North American students a cumulative GPA of 3.2 is normally expected. Applicants with relevant writing or arts experience (eg. working in publishing, journalism or arts administration) are also invited to apply.
2. All applicants will be asked to submit a short piece of creative writing (of at least 1000 words (any genre). This piece of creative writing will be used by the teaching team to evaluate each applicant’s suitability. Further examples of applicant’s work may be requested.

English Requirements

  • DET Minimum Requirements (Duolingo)
    College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes: DET 110-115 + Skills Check, DET 120 or more eligible for full offer.
  • IELTS Minimum Requirements
    College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes: 6.5 Minimum individual sections 5.5.
  • TOEFL Minimum Requirements
    College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes: TOEFL 90 Listening – 17; Reading – 18; Speaking – 20; Writing 17
  • Cambridge Proficiency Exam
    College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes: 176 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test
  • Cambridge Advanced Exam
    College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes: 176 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test
  • Pearson PTE
    College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes: Minimum Score of 63 with no section score below 51

Special Entry Requirements

Career Prospects


It provides an excellent foundation for a variety of writing careers, including authorship across a range of forms and styles, journalism, teaching and arts administration. The design of the MA will enable contacts with agents, publishers, and the professional world of the creative industries produce well-crafted writing in one of the forms of creative writing experiment with, engage with, and reflect on a diversity of writing practices express an awareness of the role of technique and craft in their own work, that of their peers, and that of other writers understand the importance of editing and revision in the process of writing express an awareness of the creative process in their own work, that of their peers, and that of other writers develop appropriate research methods and record processes of self-reflection reflect upon and discuss the conceptual challenges of the creative process understand the practical constraints and professional opportunities of life as a writer.

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