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Creative Writing (Online Learning) (MSc)

Course Description

Programme description

Our internationally recognised postgraduate degree in creative writing is now available online to study, wherever you are in the world, as a three-year, part-time programme. The programme enables you to focus in depth on your creative practice, at a pace that allows for work and family commitments.

This online programme offers the same qualification as the on-campus programme but the content and method of delivery are designed for online learning.

Online learning

You will be taught individually through tutor–student consultations; in small groups for writing forums; and as a class or half-class for webinars.

The programme will combine synchronous and asynchronous activities. Time zones will be taken into consideration.

You will spend on average between 10 and 12 hours a week on coursework.

Programme structure

The programme includes winter, spring and summer breaks from teaching.

We begin with a four-day virtual summer school offering a number of real-time and self-paced activities, including familiarisation with Moodle, our virtual learning environment. In the first two years you take a Literary Studies course in your chosen strand, which involves responding to 10 texts.

The main focus of the programme is on your creative practice, and you will hone your skills through individual consultations with your tutor and through participation in writing forums and webinars with your fellow students.

During year three you will work towards your dissertation portfolio.

You will work with a degree of autonomy, but regular tutor consultations and writing forums will continue.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the programme you will have:

advanced creative strategies and technical skills
addressed a wide range of questions relating to creative practice
extended editorial and literary critical skills
completed a substantial body of quality work

Career opportunities

Having developed your creative skills in this programme, and gained insights into the publishing industry, you will be better equipped to tackle the competitive world of creative writing. You may decide to extend your studies to the doctoral level and pursue a career in academia. Alternatively, you may follow your own creative agenda, with the aim of joining the ranks of published authors.

Visit the Creative Writing (Online Learning) (MSc) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent, in an appropriate subject.

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