Small, bespoke and intimate, our creative writing course gets you writing from week one and has you feeling like a "real" writer from the very start.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
If you need to acquire or improve your foreign language skills to enhance your postgraduate studies, (e.g. to read texts in a native language), you can enrol on a Languages for All course free of charge.
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
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.
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.
What you will study
During the first two semesters (September to December and January to April), students take the following core modules:
Each student also selects 80 credits worth of optional modules from a list available each year. The currently available modules are:
- Publishing Writing A - EN51035
- Publishing Writing B - EN51036
- Publishing Writing C - EN51037
- Performing Writing - EN52036
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 may be taken on a stand-alone basis.
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.
The skills I learnt during this course have been instrumental in securing my current job in marketing and communications. I now enjoy writing in both a personal and professional capacity.
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
English Language Programmes
We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.
The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.
|Fee status||Fees for students starting 2018-19|
|Scottish and EU students||£6,950 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
|Rest of UK students||£6,950 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£16,450 per year of study
See our scholarships for international applicants
You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate (UKPASS) website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.
You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the How to Apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.
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Professor Kirsty Gunn
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