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How much writing do I need to have done before applying for this course?

The course is not intended for beginners. Typically, students will have been writing for quite some time before the M.Phil. All students will be required to produce work on a regular basis throughout the year for discussion in the workshops.

Do I need to have published work to be accepted for the course?

Many of the students will have published work before starting the course, but it is not a requirement.

Do I need to have attended other workshops in the past?

No, but prior experience of another workshop can be helpful.

Can I apply for the course even if my primary degree is in a subject other than literature?


Can I apply for the course if I do not have a primary degree?

Yes, in exceptional circumstances.

Can I apply for the course if I already hold an M.Phil from Trinity or from another institution?


Is the course geared towards a particular type of writing?

We accept applicants working in a wide range of genres, including poetry, drama, literary fiction, memoir, genre/popular fiction, creative non-fiction, and so on. Because of its very specialised nature we do not teach the writing of film scripts.

What is the deadline for applications?

31st March in the year admission is sought.

How much does it cost to apply?

For more information on the cost of application, please follow this link.

How much does it cost to do the course?

For more information on fees payable, please follow this link.

Can I apply by post?


Can I apply online?

The only way to apply is online. Please follow this link in order to apply.

If I encounter problems filling in the application, how do I get help?

Please contact the Trinity College Dublin dedicated at the following link: with all queries concerning the application form.

What documents do I need?

You will be required to upload transcripts of your degree, together with a Curriculum Vitae, references and writing sample.

How long should the writing sample be?

No more than 3,000 words of prose or 6-8 poems.

Can I submit both poetry and prose?

Yes, in which case you should submit about 1,500 words of prose and 4-6 poems.

Do I need to provide references?

You need to provide two references, one of which should be academic.

Is there any possibility of funding from Trinity?

The Graduate Studies Office has information on prospective student funding at the following link:

How many students do you accept each year?


My application has been submitted. Now what happens?

All applications are read carefully by a panel of assessors from which the list of offers and waiting list are compiled. Given the volume of applications, this process takes time. Decisions will made by early May.

I have been made an unconditional offer. What do I need to do?

If you wish to accept, you must pay a non refundable deposit of €500 within the timeframe specified by Graduate Studies when the offer is made. This secures your place on the course. If you do not wish to accept you must decline the offer, so that the place may be offered to someone else.

I have been made a conditional offer. What do I need to do?

The conditions attached will have been made clear when the offer is made. The usual reason is final results pending for candidates who apply in the final year of their undergraduate course. Once these results become available they must be provided and a non refundable deposit of €500 paid within the timeframe specified Graduate Studies. The status of the offer then changes to unconditional and your place on the course is secured. If you do not wish to accept you need to decline the offer so that the place may be offered to someone else.

I have been told I am on a waiting list. What do I need to do?

You will be contacted by email if/when a place becomes available and an offer is made.

I have been offered a place but I wish to defer until next year. Is this possible?

Yes, but first you must pay a non refundable deposit of €500 to secure your place, and all other conditions of the offer must be met. You can then defer your place, but only for the following year.

My application has been unsuccessful. Is it possible for me to receive feedback about the writing sample I submitted?

Unfortunately because of the great number of applications we receive we are not in a position to provide comments on or criticism of the writing samples.

How many hours of class are there per week?

See the timetable in the handbook, available here.

How much class-work is there, and how much individual supervision?

This is a taught M.Phil and so the teaching takes place in class, over the course of two twelve week semesters, one before Christmas and one after. From the end of the teaching year in April until the end of August, students will be revising and completing a portfolio of work using writings produced in the course of the year. Each student is assigned an individual supervisor to oversee the production of this portfolio.