English with Creative Writing

Course Information

BA (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN530
CAO Points Range 2019: 348
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 200

Leaving Certificate:

O6/H7 in English, Irish, a third language and three other recognised subjects.

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Why is this course for me?

If your interest in literature extends to an ambition to write creatively, this degree programme will support that ambition through classes, workshops, and seminars dedicated to the development of your creative talent. In the final year, you will work on – and complete to high standard – a substantial writing project. To help you reach this standard, you will be advised and directed by one of the supervisors on the Creative Writing team.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Creative Writing graduates work across a wide variety of jobs including: writers, editors, publishers, literary agents, literary event support, literary critics, digital content writers and advertising copywriters.

Many also enter other professions including:

  • Broadcasting and Journalism
  • Cultural Production and Arts Management
  • Public Relations
  • Business / Finance
  • Law
  • Politics
  • Policymaking
  • Teaching
  • Heritage
  • Management Consultancy
  • Tourism
  • Humanities Research, and many others.

The School of English, Drama and Film offers a wide range of postgraduate programmes, including MA, MFA and PhD. Programmes include:

  • MA and MFA in Creative Writing
  • MA in Writing for Theatre
  • MA in Literature and Culture
  • MA in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama.

See www.ucd.ie/englishdramafilm/study/ for more details.

What Will I Study

You will study the work of a wide range of writers, focusing on how they create their works. You will learn about form and genre. You will explore a range of narrating voices by reading texts selected to illustrate this range. In a similar way, you will learn how characters are constructed, how to handle dialogue, how to manage time and sequencing and many other elements of the craft of writing, which will be generally helpful and occasionally inspiring in your own writing. You will be introduced to contemporary developments in literature by considering the work of a number of Irish writers, who will address the class and provide valuable insight into the writing process.

First Year

  • Creative Writing 1 & 2
  • How to Read Poetry
  • Writing the Body
  • Literature in Context 1 & 2.
  • Contemporary Irish Writing
  • Literary Genre

As well as a range of English with Creative Writing modules students will benefit from an additional subject stream. Options include:

  • Drama Studies
  • Film Studies
  • French
  • German Beginners
  • German Non-Beginners
  • Greek & Roman Civilisation
  • History
  • Irish Studies
  • Music
  • Spanish Beginners
  • Spanish Non-Beginners

Second Year

  • Intermediate Creative Writing 1 & 2
  • Critical Theory
  • Medieval Literature
  • Irish Literature in English
  • Renaissance Literature
  • Romanticism
  • Victorian to Modern Literature
  • Modern American Literature
  • Ten Poems
  • The English Novel

For detailed information on subject content click here.

Third Year

  • Poetry Workshop
  • Fiction Workshop
  • Creative Non-Fiction Workshop
  • Literary Editing: HCE Journal

Students will also choose from a wide range of specialist English modules such as Making Shakespeare, Gender and Sexuality in the 18th Century, Austen’s Peers, Yeats, Reading Ulysses, Reading Beckett, The Theatre of Martin McDonagh.

Fourth Year

Students will choose from a wide range of advanced English modules, including Contemporary Historical Fiction, the Crime Novel, Contemporary Irish Writing, Memory and the Irish Stage, Contemporary Irish Women’s Poetry, Modern American Poetry and Poetics. Students will also partake in advanced Creative Writing Workshops.

International Study Opportunities

Students will have access to both EU and non-EU destinations through a suite of programmes, including Erasmus, Erasmus+ and the study abroad and partnership arrangements that UCD has with universities across the globe.


“Studying English with Creative Writing has allowed me to take something I love and incorporate it directly into my degree. The hardest part about writing is often finding the time to do it. The English with Creative Writing programme allows me to focus entirely on something I am passionate about. The School’s impressive range of English modules is unparalleled and gives me the freedom to explore the subject in great depth.”

Djamel White, Student

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