There is a strong practical element to the programme, helping you develop your creative skills through workshops, presenting your work for peer discussion, and hearing from guest writers and other professionals on the practicalities of life as a writer.
You’ll also sharpen your critical skills through seminars exploring the particulars of your chosen form and through option courses in literature, helping you move from theoretical considerations to practical applications.
The programme culminates with the publication of ‘From Arthur’s Seat’, an anthology of student work.
Literature has been taught here for over 250 years, and today Edinburgh thrives on its designation as the first UNESCO World City of Literature, home to the National Library of Scotland and the Scottish Poetry Library, and a number of celebrated publishing outlets, from Canongate and Polygon, to Luath Press, Birlinn and Mariscat. The University hosts the prestigious James Tait Black Awards, established in 1919 and the oldest literary prizes in Britain.
Students taking the Creative Writing programme at The University of Edinburgh will expand and refine their skills in poetry, or fiction. They will develop critical skills as readers of their own and others' work and will gain experience in the processes of presenting and publishing literary writing.
Over the course of this programme, you’ll complete a body of creative work that has been rigorously peer reviewed.
A number of our graduates have seen their student work professionally produced, such as Sarah Kamlet (now Fulton), a writer and photographer living in Los Angeles, who’s ‘Ode to Jeff Goldblum’ was written for the Creative Writing MSc and subsequently made into an animated short on Funny or Die.
Our students go on to careers in a wide variety of fields, including publishing, marketing, arts administration, web and audio book editing, script and ghost writing, and gaming narrative design.
You may also follow your own creative path, becoming a published writer, or decide to extend your studies and move into a career in academia.
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- Over the duration of the programme, you’ll take two core courses, both worth 40 credits, and two optional courses chosen from a wide range of subjects, both worth 20 credits.
- The core courses in Creative Writing are two-hour, tutor-led workshops in which you’ll present your work-in-progress, and critique the work of your fellow students. You’ll also attend a weekly two-hour seminar exploring techniques and issues specific to your practice (either fiction or poetry), and the statements and theories of practitioners.
- We have a large number of option courses to choose from, including preferred courses for fiction and poetry (which will be offered to Creative Writing students in the first instance), and courses from across the Department of English Literature and the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures.
- 12 months
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- A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant subject.
- Applicants who are entered into selection will be asked to provide a sample of written work to enable their suitability for the programme to be assessed.
International22850 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 22850 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
EU/EEA11300 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 11300 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
- William Hunter Sharpe Memorial Scholarships
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