Research course

Creative Writing

Institution
University of Glasgow · College of Arts
Qualifications
DFA MFA by research

Entry requirements

This is a popular and selective programme.

All applications must follow the standard entry requirements for the College of Arts:
  • 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

In addition, for both our MFA and DFA we are looking for writers to have a preparatory one-year, postgraduate masters in Creative Writing with either Merit or Distinction (MA, MLitt or MPhil) or three publications in respected literary journals or magazines, in the intended genre of study. Compelling equivalencies will be considered.
We also require a 20-30 page portfolio of your writing. This portfolio must include a one-page proposal for the project you intend to undertake on our courses and a short sample (5-6 pages) of critical work, if you are applying to the DFA.
As with standard entry requirements we require two letters of reference. Your referees should include an academic and a creative referee where possible. Where this is not possible, you can provide referees from other areas who can vouch that you are who you say you are and that your work and achievements are your own. It is particularly helpful if these referees are familiar with your writing and can provide references on that basis.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

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

Please see the English Language requirements if your first language is not English. Please also see the international page.


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.

AHRC Doctoral Training Programme Scotland 2018/19
Funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to support postgraduate studentships and training in the Arts and Humanities in Scotland.

College of Arts PhD scholarship competition 2018/19
We offer a number of scholarships for students undertaking a doctoral programme in the College of Arts Graduate School. These scholarships will include around four hours per week of internship duties.

Qualification and course duration

DFA

part time
60 months
full time
36 months

MFA by research

full time
24 months
part time
48 months

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