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12 months

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Qualification type

MLitt - Master of Letters

Subject areas

Creative Writing Literature Languages

Course type


Course Summary

The MLitt in Creative Writing course is for writers who wish to draw on the benefits of workshops with peers and tutors while developing their ideas. It combines the features of both a research-based and taught master’s course.

Throughout the course, creative industry experts lead core creative writing classes and skills-focused projects and workshops. Specialist related modules are available and the course comes to an end with a dissertation. This gives students the opportunity to work on an extended creative project which you will develop on a one-to-one basis with your tutor.


Students will submit creative work for formal assessment in each of the core workshops. This will take the form of short fiction, poetry or playwriting, depending on the student's chosen area of specialisation.


Graduates from creative writing subjects at the University of Strathclyde have gone into writing, publishing, teaching, journalism and may other professions. Some graduates have also gone on to further their skills by undertaking a PhD. Other have chosen to become self-employed as tutors.

Writers who have taken masters and/or doctoral qualifications in creative writing at Strathclyde include Louise Welsh, Rachel Sieffert, Beatrice Colin and Colette Paul.


The Made Project consists of two assignments. The first is a short oral piece of creative work, which requires students to write to a time-limited brief then present that work to the group as a reading. The second is a more substantial creative piece chosen and developed in discussion with a course tutor over a number of weeks. Whether students intend to produce an adaptation of a piece of underlying material; or a response to an artwork in another form; or produce a work made in collaboration with another artist; or create and produce a podcast; or prepare and perform a piece for performance; students will?independently and in consultation with their nominated tutor?produce a piece of work with practical ?made? element. Students will be encouraged to produce work that adds diversity to their writing portfolio.
Skills Workshops - Core
Creative Writing Workshops - Core
Cultures, and Media - Optional
1500 to the Present, Contemporary Scottish Cultural Studies - Optional
Making and Unmaking British Literature 1880-1950 - Optional
Global Queers: Travel Writing and Sexual Politics - Optional
Introduction to Intercultural Communication - Optional

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Entry requirements

Students need an upper second-class Honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject and the submission of a satisfactory entry portfolio of creative writing. This should include the following: 2,000 words of prose (fiction or creative non-fiction); up to 10 poems (no more than 40 lines in length); the page equivalent of a short, fifteen-minute play, - an outline of creative work you might develop in the course of the degree, possibly in the context of the dissertation (no more than two A4 pages).

University information

The University of Strathclyde is a first-rate institution, offering a diverse variety of postgraduate course options and fostering an inclusive university community, welcoming students from around the globe and from all types of backgrounds. Strathclyde is a research-oriented university, delivering a transformative learning experience. It invests intelligently in campus facilities to provide a superb environment in which to study and...more

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