This is a popular and selective programme.
- First or Upper Second Class Honours Degree or equivalent qualification (2:1 in the case of UK Research Council supported students)
- A Masters qualification or equivalent
Months of entry
January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February
Our Creative Writing Research degrees are unique and intense programmes for practising writers who wish to complete an ambitious creative project, representing a distinctive contribution to the field of Creative Writing.
Our new research Masters of Fine Art (MFA) and Doctorate of Fine Art (DFA) build on a long history of offering Masters and Doctoral options in the study and practice of Creative Writing.
Our research degrees incorporate hybrid taught elements (literary and practical seminars; workshops; and practical pedagogy) within a supervised research context that best support your creative and critical work.
Both programmes give you dedicated, supported time to complete a substantial creative work, include opportunities to teach writing to undergraduates and apply to be a graduate teaching assistant for other literature courses, and the DFA additionally allows you to undertake an extended academic research, informed by your work and practice, leading to a significant critical essay or output.
Our students enjoy the guidance of writers including Carolyn Jess-Cooke, Laura Marney, Elizabeth Reeder, Jeffrey Robinson, Michael Schmidt, and Zoe Strachan, and critics such as John Coyle, Jane Goldman, Rob Maslen, Alan Riach, and Helen Stoddart.
Across all our postgraduate provision, both taught and by research, students have access to the best of the new and also develop a sense of the origins and histories.
Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow is based in the Edwin Morgan Writing Room with its book, periodical and audio-visual library. There is an ambitious programme of visiting speakers, masterclasses and public events. The University Library with its modern collections and archives is a crucial resource, including the archive for Edwin Morgan’s Papers. We also collaborate with the Mitchell Library, one of the great civic libraries of Europe, and our public events are open to the public.
We have strong links with literary agents and offer the annual Sceptre Prize for new writing, in association with Hodder.
Information for international students
Fees and funding
You must apply for your research degree by 27 November 2017 in order to be eligible for University of Glasgow funding for 2018/19.
- College of Arts Graduate School funding opportunities
Qualification and course duration
MFA by research
Further details of qualification
Both the MFA and DFA will run as Low Residency options. This option will require students to attend at least two intense weeks of seminars, visiting speakers, workshop and practical elements (including teaching creative writing in the second year). One week will take place during the first week of the autumn semester in their first year; the other will take place in the spring or early in the summer semester of their second year.
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