If your interest in literature extends to an ambition to write creatively.
This degree programme will support that ambition through classes, workshops, and seminars dedicated to the development of your creative talent. In the final year, you will work on and complete to high standard a substantial writing project. To help you reach this standard, you will be advised and directed by one of the supervisors on the Creative Writing team.
What you need to know
Where is the course located?
What is the length of the course?
4 Years Full-time
When can I apply?
You can apply today
When does the course start?
Students will have access to both EU and non-EU destinations through a suite of programmes, including Erasmus, Erasmus+ and the study abroad and partnership arrangements that UCD has with universities across the globe.
Application Closing Date
Open for an application
Number of Places
Fees and Funding
Non-EU Tuition Fees
€ 19,900 p.a.
Living Costs per year
Features and Benefits
- The creative element of the programme will be taught through small workshops, and all students will be required to submit a final portfolio of creative work in their final year.
- You will be introduced to contemporary developments in literature by considering the work of a number of Irish writers, who will address the class and provide valuable insight into the writing process.
- You will study the work of a wide range of writers, focusing on how they create their works.
- You will explore a range of narrating voices by reading texts selected to illustrate this range.
- In fourth year, students will also partake in advanced Creative Writing Workshops.
- This programme will enable students to develop skills and competence in a range of forms and genres of writing, including traditional formats (novel, short story, poetry, drama) but also in genre fiction, travel writing, creative non-fiction, experimental poetry and so on.
How to Apply
Once you are ready to start your application, please click on APPLY NOW
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
- Extra requests for certain courses
Minimum entry requirements
YEAR 1 ENTRY
- Example of high school qualifications that are considered for Year 1 entry are as follows:
A-Level, IB Diploma, US Diploma, SAT, ACT, AP, ILC, HKDSE, STPM, CBSE, CISCE, ATAR, CAPE and NCEA.
- If you have a different high school qualification you may have to apply for a foundation programme.
FOUNDATION YEAR ENTRY
- Students who do not meet entry requirements for Year 1 can apply for a foundation programme at most universities. Contact our counsellors for further details and advice on a suitable course for you.
• IELTS: An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version.
- A minimum score of 600 in the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with Test of Written English at 475+
- A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (Ibt) with a score of at least 20 in each section.
• Pearson English Language Text: Minimum of 63 and at least 59 for each item in the Communicative Skills section.
• Temporary measure for 2020 ONLY (Response to Covid 19): For students affected by testing centre closures due to COVID-19, UCD has approved the use of the Duolingo English Test (DET) as a temporary measure for the 2020 intake. The minimum requirement will be a DET score of 110. An interview may be required in conjunction with this.
Special Entry Requirements
Creative Writing graduates work across a wide variety of jobs including: writers, editors, publishers, literary agents, literary event support, literary critics, digital content writers and advertising copywriters.
Many also enter other professions including:
• Broadcasting and Journalism
• Cultural Production and Arts Management
• Public Relations
• Business / Finance
• Policy making
• Management Consultancy
• Humanities Research, and many others.