Taught course

Creative Writing

University of Glasgow · College of Arts

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Entry requirements

  • You will normally have a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent), though this is not a pre-requisite
  • The primary basis for admission is the appraisal of a portfolio of your creative work
  • You submit a portfolio of original work (poetry, fiction, life-writing or other prose, drama, and in some instances a portfolio of translation work)
  • We also require two letters of reference

Months of entry


Course content

If you're a talented and ambitious writer looking to develop your craft and take your writing to the next level, University of Glasgow's renowned Creative Writing MLitt is ideal. Gain creative and critical skills on this exciting and supportive online course. Develop your writing practice wherever you are in the world.

Our Creative Writing programme has gained an excellent reputation with writers, agents and publishers. The University's writing courses are among the most challenging and popular in the UK. These courses have helped launch the careers of an impressive list of acclaimed authors including Anne Donovan, Helen Sedgwick, Kirsty Logan, Jen Hadfield, JL Williams, Louise Welsh, Zoe Strachan, Elizabeth Reeder and many others.

Our MLlitt in Creative Writing is delivered within a clear three-part structure, focused on creative, critical and editorial skills.

You'll be taught by successful and well-regarded writers who specialise across diverse genres. We are happy to supervise students working in established genres but just as keen to see students mix genres or create new forms. In addition, you'll be able to tap into the University's strong network of literary agents and publishers, as well as an impressive list of published alumni.

Regardless of where you live, we will give you the support and online tools to make your writing aspirations a reality.

Programme outcomes

  • Experiment with a range of voices, techniques and genres and consider major creative and editorial engagements
  • Develop a critical understanding of a diverse creative, theoretic and critical texts
  • Develop editorial skills
  • Gain an understanding of literary techniques and ideas
  • Access the work and thought of a wide range of literary artists
  • Produce extended portfolios of creative and editorial work
  • Understand the writing context (audience, publishing in all its forms, the legal framework, modes of transmission)
  • Become disciplined in writing regularly in a stimulating workshop and tutorial environment in which writing skills can be acquired, discussed and honed
  • Be part of a stimulating and critical peer group that reads, engages with, and appraises one others work
  • Understand the means of literary transmission and how these means affect your own work
  • Meet, hear and talk to professional writers and individuals from publishing and other transmission industries
  • Display an understanding of the mechanisms (historical and contemporary) of literary textual transmission and other forms of transmission (including performance) in their various technological, commercial and artistic aspects

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MLitt
    full time
    12-24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    12-24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    12-24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

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