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MLitt/PgDipCreative Writing

Why this course?

The new MLitt in Creative Writing course is for writers who wish to draw on the benefits of workshops with peers and tutors while developing their ideas. It combines the features of both a research-based and taught masters course.

Throughout the course, creative industry experts lead core creative writing classes and skills-focused projects and workshops. Specialist related modules are available and the course comes to an end with a dissertation. This gives students the opportunity to work on an extended creative project which you will develop on a one-to-one basis with your tutor.

Staff at the University of Strathclyde can offer specialist tuition in a wide range of genres including:

  • poetry
  • historical fiction and fiction for young adults
  • radio drama
  • screenwriting

What you’ll study

The course consists of six classes that are 20 credits each and a dissertation worth 60 credits. Four of the classes will be creative writing-specific, and two will be electives that may be chosen from an approved list of other masters level courses offered by the University.

Semester 1:

  • Creative Writing Workshop 1
  • Skills Workshop
  • Option 1

Semester 2:

  • Creative Writing Workshop 2
  • Skills Project
  • Option 2
  • Dissertation

The content of the Creative Writing workshops in semester 1 and 2 partly depends on the nature of the creative projects individual students wish to develop. Tutors will suggest a supportive programme of relevant reading and common issues for discussion and analysis. The main aim of these student-led workshops will be to provide a supportive framework for the development and review of student writing, regardless of genre.

The Skills Workshop in semester 1 focuses on the idea of the 'writing life'. It prepares you for the practical side of literary development, as well as opening up options you may not already have considered for yourself. It will include topics such as:

  • setting up a journal
  • social media for writers
  • writing for the screen
  • collaboration with artists in other media
The Skills Project (scheduled for semester 2) consists of an individual project chosen and developed in discussion with a course tutor. This will build on chosen aspects of the first semester Skills Workshop classes that interest you.

Options 1 and 2 above refer to the two electives worth 20 credits each that you can chose from other University masters courses including the Masters in Literature, Culture and Place or the new MSc in Gender Studies.

During semester 2, students will meet several times on a one-to-one basis with tutors to determine the nature and scope of the dissertation which you will write over the course of the summer.

The School publishes a student-edited literary magazine: Quotidian. This features work by students from all over the UK.

Student competitions

Each year we run a competition for all students interested in writing creatively called the Keith Wright Literary Competition.

Guest lectures

Strathclyde has a long tradition of attracting high profile authors to give talks and readings. Our most recent series, ‘Literary Lunchtimes’, saw readings by authors such as Rodge Glass, Kathleen Jamie, Kirsty Logan, Louise Welsh, Robert Alan Jamieson and Bernard McLaverty among others.

Course content

Semester 1

Creative Writing Workshop 1

The content of the Creative Writing Workshop in semester 1 partly depends on the nature of the creative projects individual students wish to develop, although tutors will suggest a supportive programme of relevant reading and common issues for discussion and analysis. The main aim of these student-led workshops will be to provide a supportive framework for the development and review of student writing, regardless of genre.

Skills Workshop 1

The Skills Workshop in semester 1 focuses on the idea of the 'writing life' and how to prepare students for the practical side of literary development, as well as opening up options you may not already have considered for yourself. It will include topics such as:

  • setting up a journal
  • social media for writers
  • writing for the screen
  • collaboration with artists in other media
Option 1

Option 1 refers to the elective worth 20 credits that you can chose from other University of Strathclyde masters courses including the Masters in Literature, Culture & Place or the MSc in Gender Studies.

Semester 2

Creative Writing Workshop 2

The content of the Creative Writing Workshop in semester 2 partly depends on the nature of the creative projects individual students wish to develop, although tutors will suggest a supportive programme of relevant reading and common issues for discussion and analysis. The main aim of these student-led workshops will be to provide a supportive framework for the development and review of student writing, regardless of genre.

Skills Project

The Skills project consists of an individual project chosen and developed in discussion with a course tutor. This will build on chosen aspects of the first semester Skills Workshop classes that interest you.

Option 2

Option 2 refers to the elective worth 20 credits that you can chose from other University of Strathclyde masters courses including the Masters in Literature, Culture & Place or the MSc in Gender Studies.

Dissertation

During semester 2 students will meet several times on a one-to-one basis with tutors to determine the nature and scope of the dissertation which you will write over the course of the summer.

Assessment

Students will submit creative work for formal assessment in each of the core workshops. This will take the form of short fiction, poetry or playwriting, depending on the student's chosen area of specialisation.

The creative writing skills project will involve students selecting a topic covered during the skills workshop and developing a project in discussion with tutors on a one-to-one basis. The form of assessment for this component will be dictated by the nature of the skills project.

The final dissertation will take the form of an extended piece of creative writing (fiction, poetry or playwriting) and build on work developed in one of the two creative writing workshops. It will be developed in discussion with tutors on a one-to-one basis.

Entry requirements

A good 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject.

The submission of a satisfactory entry portfolio of creative writing. This should consist of one of the following:

  • 2,000 words of prose (fiction or creative non-fiction)
  • up to 10 poems (no more than 40 lines in length)
  • the page equivalent of a short, fifteen-minute play

English language requirements

You're required to have a suitable minimum level of competency in the English language if your first language is not English or if you have not been educated wholly or mainly in the medium of English.

For postgraduate studies, the University of Strathclyde requires a minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 (with no score below 6.0) or equivalent. Tests are valid for two years.

Pre-sessional courses in English are available.

If you’re a national of an English speaking country recognised by UK Visa and Immigrations (please check most up-to-date list on the Home Office website) or you have successfully completed an academic qualification (at least equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree) in any of these countries, then you do not need to present any additional evidence.

If you are from a country not recognised as an English speaking country by the United Kingdom Vis and Immigration (UKVI), please check our English requirements before making your application.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course held at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre, for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

Fees & funding

2019/20

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

  • £6,500

Rest of UK

  • £6,500

International

  • £14,650

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

Careers

Graduates from creative writing subjects at the University of Strathclyde have gone into writing, publishing, teaching, journalism and may other professions. Some graduates have also gone on to further their skills by undertaking a PhD. Other have chosen to become self-employed as tutors.

Writers who have taken masters and/or doctoral qualifications in creative writing at Strathclyde include Louise Welsh, Rachel Sieffert, Beatrice Colin and Colette Paul.

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Creative Writing

Qualification: MLitt, Start date: Sep 2019, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

Creative Writing

Qualification: MLitt, Start date: Sep 2019, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time

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