Entry requirements

Applications are made online at: www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/az

Months of entry


Course content

This course, the first Masters programme in creative writing
in an Irish university, was offered for the first time in 1997/98.
It is based in the Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing, 21
Westland Row, the birthplace of Oscar Wilde.
The course is intended for students who are seriously
committed to writing, are practising, or prospective
authors and who wish to develop their writing within the
framework of a university course and in the context of
an Irish literary milieu. It involves the close and critical
examination of the students’ work in group workshops and
under guided personal tuition, with the study also of the
professional techniques of book editing and publishing,
and the opportunity to explore the cultural and literary
contexts of writing in Ireland.
Applicants, who are expected to have a university degree
or equivalent qualification, normally in English or another
appropriate subject, will be selected on the basis of a
portfolio of recent creative work submitted with the
application. The portfolio of sample work should include
no more than 3000 words of prose (short stories, excerpt/s
from a novel or drama) or 6–8 poems; genres may be
combined but this is not a requirement.
Students are required to take workshops, attend courses
of lectures, and take one specialist writing workshop,
while continuing to develop their own individual work
throughout the year.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Mr. Gerald Dawe
+353-1-896 2885 (9:30am - 1pm only)