English with Creative Writing

Course Information

BA (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN530 BA Humanities
CAO Points Range 2018: 301
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 220

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 often find employment as writers, editors, in the publishing sector, as literary agents, literary event support, literary centre support, and as literary critics.

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
  • Plus another subject
  • Plus Elective modules

Please Note: Progression to the ‘English with Creative Writing’ may be determined by the quality of a portfolio submission in Year 1. Students who do not progress to the ‘English with Creative Writing’ course can continue in the English Literature course.

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.

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Third Year

Internship: Apply for an internship across a range of sectors from the arts and the public sector to business and the media. Get experience in an area that relates to your field of study and your desired career path.

Study abroad: Choose a semester abroad where you can study relevant modules at one of our 25 partner universities around the world.

Deepen your subject knowledge: Choose from a range of English with Creative Writing modules, including: Poetry Workshop, Paradise Lost, Travel Writing, Shakespeare in Context, Austen’s Peers, The Theatre of Martin McDonagh, Reading Ulysses, Creative Non-Fiction Writing Workshop, Fiction Workshop.

Fourth Year

You will choose from a wide range of advanced English and Creative Writing modules, including:

  • Advanced Creative Writing Workshop
  • Contemporary Historical Fiction
  • Contemporary Irish Writing
  • Memory and the Irish Stage
  • Contemporary Irish Women’s Poetry
  • The Crime Novel
  • Modern American Poetry and Poetics

You will complete an extended Creative Writing dissertation in your chosen specialised area.

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.


“Every class, whether theory or practice, included lots of well-directed and very relevant discussion, so there was a great sense of involvement. The atmosphere was one in which everyone was empowered to pursue their own creative endeavours. I was able not only to begin writing a novel, but almost finish the first draft. Also, l found the courage to write poetry again. The guest lectures from publishing experts and well established writers were particularly helpful in learning how to go about having my novel published.”

Disharee Bose MA in Creative Writing

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