M.A. On Campus


National University of Ireland, Galway

12 months
16300 EUR/year
6800 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The MA in Writing at National University of Ireland, Galway is a one-year, full-time course. It covers a range of genres and forms, and it interacts with our other postgraduate offerings in Literature and Publishing, Drama and Theatre, and Film. The course thus builds on our strengths in the teaching of writing for page and stage, screen, journalism and other media. 


The Writing course at National University of Ireland, Galway  is open to applicants from any disciplinary background (within and beyond Arts) and welcomes all types of writing interests. A ‘Qualifier’ option is available for potential applicants who do not have a university degree but have a suitable publications record or sufficient experience in a related creative field.

A weekly ‘Writers Seminar’ features writers, publishers, agents and other visitors from the writing professions. Galway’s Cúirt literary festival is the focus in April. Students attend events and complete a related assessment.

Career Opportunities

Graduates have gone on to work in the areas of teaching, journalism, publishing, editing, public relations and marketing. Graduates have also progressed to various doctoral programmes in the humanities—and it is now also possible to undertake a practice-led PhD in English at NUI Galway. Many graduates have concentrated on their development as independent writers, and over 45 books have been published by writers from this MA.

Programme Structure

Courses include
  • Writing Workshop: Fiction
  • Contemporary Publishing
  • Representations of the Book in Literature and Film
  • Writing Workshop
  • Book History 
  • Irish Drama and Theatre from Wilde to O'Casey
  • Discovering The Archives
  • Ensemble Acting and Devising
  • Directing for Stage
  • Screen Writing Fundamentals
  • Writing for News
  • Writer's Seminar
  • Literature Of North America
  • Writing for The Small Screen
  • Applied Dramaturgy
  • Copy-editing and Proofreading 
  • Writing Careers in Practice 
  • Writing Workshop: Poetry

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT




On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

A university degree (minimum standard 2.2, or US GPA 3.0) or the equivalent in education and professional experience. Students will be accepted on the basis of their degree result, a sample of recent writing (3,000 words maximum), and a personal statement of interest (500 words maximum). Those who wish to explore possibilities for entry through the ‘Qualifier’ option should contact the Course Director.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16300 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16300 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6800 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6800 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Galway

800 - 1100 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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