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M. Phil. in Creative Writing

Course Director: Eoin MacNamee

  • Students intending to apply for this course should click here for general details on how to apply.


One year, full-time

Closing Date

31st March in the year in which admission is sought.

What is it?

This course, the first Master's programme in creative writing in an Irish university, was offered by the School of English for the first time in 1997/98. It is based in the Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing, 21 Westland Row, Dublin 2, the birthplace of Oscar Wilde.

The course is intended for students who are seriously committed to writing, are practising, or prospective authors and who wish to develop their writing within the framework of a university course and in the context of an Irish literary milieu. It involves the close and critical examination of the students' work in group workshops and under guided personal tuition, with the study also of the professional techniques of book editing and publishing, and the opportunity to explore the cultural and literary contexts of writing in Ireland.

What's on the course?

Students are required to take workshops, attend courses of lectures, and take one special subject or specialist writing workshop, while continuing to develop their own individual work throughout the year.

What qualifications do I need to apply?

Applicants, who are expected to have a university degree or equivalent qualification, normally in English or another appropriate subject, will be selected on the basis of a portfolio of recent creative work submitted with your application. This portfolio should include no more than 3000 words of prose (short stories, excerpt from a novel or drama) or 6-8 poems; genres may be combined.

Further Information

Further information on the teaching and schedule for this course can be found here.


Course Director

Eoin McNamee
Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing
School of English Trinity College Dublin
Dublin 2
Telephone: 353-1-8961360 (mornings)

Course Administrator

Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing
School of English
Trinity College Dublin
21 Westland Row
Dublin 2
Telephone: 353-1-8962885 (mornings)