M.A. On Campus

Creative Writing

University of Limerick

12 months
13140 EUR/year
6030 EUR/year
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The University of Limerick offers a Master of Arts in Creative Writing programme enables students to develop their skills in creative writing through careful consideration of the work of established writers; through study of the elements and formal structures of a piece of creative writing.


Program Details

This one-year Creative Writing programme at University of Limerick 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. Our Creative Writing students experience teaching-visits, seminars and readings from outstanding contemporary authors. Recent visitors have included Colum McCann, Claire Keegan, Christine Dwyer Hickey, Colin Barrett, Sara Baume and Pulitzer prize winner Richard Ford.

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.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Applied Writing and Editing Skills
  • Creative Writing 
  • Project Development for Creative Writers
  • Literary Modernism
  • Gender & Sexuality in Irish Writing Literature
  • Literature, Film & Human Rights
  • Literature of Migration
  • Comparative Literature: Cultural Constructions of the Past
  • Principals of Professional and Technical Communication and Information Design
  • Elements of Narrative and Drama
  • Creative Writing II
  • Individual Writing Project
  • Issues in Modern & Contemporary Poetry
  • Politics & American Literature
  • Post-Colonial Theory & Literature
  • Feminist Literary Theory
  • Textual Constructions of Cultural Identity
  • Utopian Theory & Texts
  • Workplace Issues in Technical and Professional Communication
  • Dissertation portfolio 15,000 words of creative writing

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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Applications for EU students are accepted on a rolling basis


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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Portfolio
  • 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.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13140 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13140 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6030 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6030 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Limerick

850 - 1150 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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