Writing Practice & Study
Our MLitt in Writing Practice and Study is like no other available in the UK. Small, bespoke and intimate, it offers you an experience that gets you writing from week one and has you feeling like a "real" writer from the very start of your course.
Closing date: For entry Sept 2014, apply before 18th July 2014, if you need a visa to study in the UK
Why study Writing Practice & Study at Dundee?
This degree gives you the opportunity to translate creative interests into a fully accredited postgraduate programme of study, with flexibility and individual needs built into its delivery. It has been created and is directed by Professor Kirsty Gunn, an award winning international author whose work has been translated and published in a number of territories all over the world.
Our programme is distinctive in its approach and teaching, and highly engaged in the world of contemporary publishing, offering students the opportunity to meet with writers and publishers from around the UK and beyond and to take part in our varied and exciting range of literary activities, from performing their own work to being "showcased" at our Literary Festival.
You will learn how to:
- Create and develop your own writing practice through a series of creative and practical workshops
- Present and talk about your own work with authority and confidence - in the context of literary studies and a knowledge of the creative marketplace
- Read others' writing with sensitivity, intelligence and critical awareness
- Build a significant folio of creative work and develop this into work of a standard that is ready for formal presentation
Each module can be studied separately, or as part of a full degree or diploma that can be taken part time or full time.
We can guarantee that your writing during the course of your programme will be productive, intellectually stimulating and highly creative.
What's so good about Writing Practice & Study at Dundee?
In addition to producing a range of finished work for assessment during the year, you will also learn about the details of publishing, finding agents, setting your work in a context and making the important connection between the scale and shape of your writing and your aspirations for it.
In addition, you'll have the opportunity to undertake specialist master classes with top-name authors, and go on visits to sites of special interest for the creative student - in the past these have included the D'Arcy Thomson Museum and the Scottish Poetry Library.
The English Programme at Dundee offers a lively postgraduate culture, including a regular postgraduate forum, a postgraduate website, visiting speakers and an annual postgraduate conference.
With an annual Literary Festival, regular and varied literary salons, poetry workshops, readings from internationally renowned and local authors, and much more, the events organised under the umbrella of Literary Dundee complement the course perfectly.
Who should study this course?
This course is suitable for writers who wish to develop their writing practice and refine their area of expertise.
Teaching & Assessment
This course is taught by staff in the School of Humanities.
Teaching staff include creative writing chair, Professor Kirsty Gunn, poet Dr Jim Stewart, who teaches poetry and "Wordcraft", Dr Gail Low, specialising in publishing and book history, and Professor Aidan Day, whose modules teach close reading and analytical skills which are invaluable to creative writing practice.
The start date is September each year, and lasts for 12 months on a fulltime basis.
How you will be taught
This programme is varied in delivery and content, comprising four-hour writing workshops to seminars to individual tutorials, helping you to develop practical, intelligent and highly creative methods by which you can approach your writing.
What you will study
During the first two semesters (September to December and January to April), students take the following core modules:
- Creating Writing*
- Researching Writing*
Each student also selects two optional modules (40 credits each) from a list available each year. For the current list, and to learn more about the modules, visit the course website.
You will then (from May to September) go on to undertake a dissertation worth 60 credits. You develop the theme or idea for your dissertation over the year, with the help of tutors.
*Creating Writing and Refining Writing may be taken on a stand-alone basis.
How you will be assessed
Assessment is normally by creative folio (6,000 words) and accompanying essay (2,500 words), or two essays.
Assessment for the research-led modules is normally by essay (2,000-2,500 words or 2,500-3,000 words).
The dissertation or creative manuscript has a word limit of 15,000, and includes a reflective piece of writing (3,000 words).
All students must attempt the dissertation. Students whose dissertation fails to satisfy the examiners will be awarded the PG Diploma, provided that the taught elements of the course have been successfully completed.
Our graduates go on to be involved in a range of exciting literary activities - that range from publication of creative work to participation in national festivals and reading events.
Recent students' successes include a first novel coming out with Sandstone this year, a placement in Canongate Publishing, Writers' Awards from Creative Scotland and the Scottish Books Trust, and the performance of a play.
Our ex-students tend to stay part of our literary and creative community at Dundee after they have finished their formal studies with us - for as much as we believe in involving participants as fully and creatively as we can while they are with us, so do we not like to see them go!
This alone, makes our programme distinctive and individual and the very opposite of a large, more anonymous school. As a result our students are highly proactive and fully creatively engaged in the publishing and cultural world after they receive their degree.
Learn more about careers related to the Humanities on our Careers Service website.
Students will normally be expected to have a 2:1 honours degree in any subject. Applicants with alternative qualifications and/or relevant experience may also be considered.
All applicants should submit a piece of their creative writing - a poem or short piece of prose (no more than three pages). An explanation of the creative project may also be included with the application.
Applicants should also provide, as part of their postgraduate application, copies of their degree transcript and, if applicable, a copy of their degree award certificate, two reference letters and written work in a subject relevant to literary study.
English Language Requirement: IELTS of 7.0 overall, with no component less than 7.0 (or equivalent), if your first language is not English. Please check our Language Requirements page for details of equivalent grades from other test providers, and information about the University of Dundee English Language courses.
English Language Pre-Sessional Programmes
We offer Pre-Sessional programmes which are designed to prepare you for university study, the 26 week and 10 week programmes provide additional English Language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English Language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS and 0.5 IELTS respectively. Successful completion of these programmes guarantees progression to various degrees at the University of Dundee as long as you hold a relevant offer.
Fees and Funding
Module only: £800 (Home & EU)
Sources of Funding
Information about the School of Humanities scholarships can be found on the School of Humanities scholarships webpage.
Other sources of funding for postgraduate students can be found on our Scholarships webpage.
- Dundee is ranked as one of the most affordable places for students to live in the UK, and the cost of living is around 15% cheaper than the UK average.
- Increasing numbers of students are successfully undertaking part-time work to supplement their income. You can get advice from our Careers Service, both about job opportunities and how to find a suitable study/work/life balance. EU and international students are also allowed to work up to 20 hours per week.
- As a student in Scotland, you have free access to the National Health Service. Visits to doctors and hospitals, as well as prescriptions, sight tests and dental checkups, are available free of charge.
How to Apply
You must read the information regarding how to upload relevant documents to UKPASS before proceeding with your application.
Course ContactProf Kirsty Gunn
School of Humanities
University of Dundee
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