Taught course

Creative Writing

University of Limerick · Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements Applicants must normally have a first or second class Level 8 honours degree (NFQ or other internationally recognised equivalent) in a relevant or appropriate subject, or equivalent prior learning or experience that is recognised by the University as meeting this requirement. This might include creative work in writing or the arts. Applicants must also satisfy the English Language Requirements of the University. The University reserves the right to shortlist and interview applicants as deemed necessary. Portfolio Admission will also be based upon a piece or pieces of creative work up to 3000 words submitted by the student as part of the application process. This might be a novel extract, a short story, a set of poems or a screenplay. This creative work will be assessed by a small committee of staff, who will judge submissions on their originality, technique, and intellectual rigour. - See more at: http://www.ul.ie/graduateschool/course/creative-writing-ma#sthash.AxlOEXRb.dpuf

Months of entry


Course content

The University of Limerick offers a Master of Arts in Creative Writing, taught by internationally successful authors including our Chair of Creative Writing, Professor Joseph O’Connor (author of the million-selling Star of the Sea), Donal Ryan (The Spinning Heart) and Giles Foden, (The Last King of Scotland). This one-year programme enables students to develop their skills in creative writing through careful consideration of the work of established writers; through study of the elements of a piece of creative writing; through assignments that enable students to master strategies for revision of their work; and through an understanding of the requirements of the submission and publication process. Through coursework students consider the role of plot, characterization, dialogue, and point-of-view in crafting compelling fiction and drama.Students experience teaching-visits from leading contemporary authors. The 2014/15 class enjoyed sessions with Colum McCann, Claire Keegan, Christine Dwyer Hickey, Paul Lynch, Colin Barrett and science-fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson. Students gain practical experience through working on our literary journal The Ogham Stone and in the preparation of their dissertation portfolios. Ireland was the homeland of some of the twentieth century's most accomplished writers, and the city of Limerick has a rich history in creative writing, memorialized in the Frank McCourt museum, and celebrated annually with several literary festivals - the Limerick Literary Weekend; the Eigse Michael Hartnett Poetry Arts and Literary Festival; and Cuisle, the Limerick International Poetry Festival.Two Scholarships are available to pay the fees of an Irish Student:The Thomas and Ellen O’Connor ScholarshipThe Riverdream Scholarship - See more at: http://www.ul.ie/graduateschool/course/creative-writing-ma#sthash.AxlOEXRb.dpuf

Information for international students

English Language RequirementsApplicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application): - See more at: http://www.ul.ie/graduateschool/course/creative-writing-ma#sthash.AxlOEXRb.dpuf

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Professor Joseph O’Connor
+353(0)61 202623