Entry Points (2017)

Course Overview

The BA with Creative Writing provides a unique opportunity for undergraduates with an aptitude and passion for literary expression. From the start, you will be guided and advised on a one-to-one basis by the programme director and mentor, and you will immediately be placed in a learning environment with people of similar creative interests. The programme provides a focus for you as a creative writer through a series of cooperative workshops that will in turn facilitate and guide you in your self-directed learning.

All assessment is based on continuous exercises, project work and portfolio expansion – there are no end-of-term papers or exams for Creative Writing.

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 Grades in the Leaving Certificate including Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Additional Requirements


4 years

Next start date

September 2018

A Level Grades (2017)

AAA & b (AS) or equivalent combination

Average intake


Closing Date

Next start date

September 2018

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting




PAC code

Course Outline

The preferred choice of degree subjects for those doing Creative Writing may be English, Philosophy, History or Classics, but you may reasonably choose from across the broad spectrum of Arts offerings. The specialism Creative Writing will be delivered in the timetable of Arts subject Group Five, and, therefore, may not be studied together with the subjects Sociological and Political Studies, Information Technology, Welsh or Láann an Aistriúcháin. 


Year One:

Module 1: The Forms of Fiction

This first module establishes the general pattern of subsequent classes whereby, in the company of your creative peers, you will be encouraged to develop your own creative practice while also developing your knowledge of historical and contemporary literary forms, in this case fiction in its various manifestations.

Module 2: Exploring Nonfiction

Varieties of nonfiction – from literary journalism to autobiography, and from travel writing to the personal essay – are currently very popular and lucrative areas within creative work and publishing. This module will help you explore the many types and techniques of literary nonfiction in terms of both the writing itself and the possibilities for publication.

Module 3: Writing Professions

This module will be based around regular guest talks and workshops by visiting speakers from the various writing professions. You will have the opportunity to engage with and question these writers and professionals, and you will keep an account of the visits which will allow you to reflect on the ways in which our speakers help you to explore your writing practice and career possibilities.


Year Two:

Module 1: The Voices and Styles of Poetry

This workshop module will guide you through various styles and techniques for writing poetry. You will work individually and as a group with practising and published poets, who will help you to find and develop your individual poetic voice while you familiarise yourself with national and international poets and poetic traditions.

Module 2: Dramatic Ideas

This module will introduce you to technical aspects of the crafts of stage and screen as a basis for an exploration of writing for performance. These workshops will be led by teachers experienced in the acting professions and you will have the opportunity to develop your writing skills in the context of the various levels of creative production within the performing industries.


Year Three:

The aim of year three is to encourage creative individualism and to facilitate supervised self-directed learning. There is enormous scope for you to either continue to develop work you have begun in previous workshop classes or to begin something entirely new. Students commit to either an independent project(s) structure, or to a year studying abroad, or to a combination of these (project work for one semester and study abroad for another).

Independent Project

This may take the form of a single yearlong project or two separate projects (one per semester). The nature and extent of your project(s) will be agreed beforehand and coordinated by the Course Director, and you will be assigned, as part of a small workshop group, a genre-specific editor/mentor of professional standing in the writing industries who will be responsible for full editorial response to your work on a pre-established regular basis.

As part of this cooperative process, your editor/mentor can impart to you their general experience of the profession, together with recommendations for your own specific career development. Your project(s) may also be completed in conjunction with on-site professional experience in the creative fields.

Study at a University Abroad

Language departments require that you spend a period in a relevant country during your third year. While your work for Creative Writing during third year takes precedence over a language, an exchange with a suitable university abroad for one or both semesters can help you continue to develop your language skills as you focus on your specialism. Non-language students may also avail of an exchange with an English-speaking university. Creative Writing students on exchanges abroad gain their credits for the period by taking appropriate modules at their host university. 


Year Four:

You will complete your studies in your two core degree subjects and you will normally incorporate in your final projects the specialist skills and knowledge you have gained in Creative Writing over your previous three years.

Further Education

A BA with Creative Writing will benefit you in your other degree subjects, and your specialism will also make you a highly valued candidate for postgraduate programmes that focus on writing, literature and creativity. At NUI Galway, for example, it is now possible to study and practise creative writing at all levels: from your undergraduate period on to the MA with Writing, and then on to a practice-based PhD. The BA with Creative Writing is the perfect foundation for your long-term commitments in this field.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

The expertise acquired through a BA with Creative Writing will help open doors of employment in all those fields where written communication is important. You will have fostered the ambition and talent necessary to be a published author and you may consider a career as one. The skills you will acquire are also applicable to a wide range of professional and creative activities, for example in media, literature, publishing, journalism and advertising.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

In the third year of this four-year degree, you will have the opportunity to gain practical work experience and/or study abroad. In conjunction with the programme director, students who go abroad during this third year will be able to plan in advance for the type of creative work and development that will best combine with their language commitments.

Study Abroad

In the third year of this four-year degree, you will have the opportunity to gain practical work experience and/or study abroad. In conjunction with the programme director, students who go abroad during this third year will be able to plan in advance for the type of creative work and development that will best combine with their language commitments.

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Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,822 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Tuition

€2,598 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Non EU

€12,750 p.a. 2017/18
EU Fees 2017/18:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €3,000 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- Student Levy:  €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.

Find out More

College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies
T 353 (0)91 495 612
F 353 (0)91 495 508
E john.kenny@nuigalway.ie

What Our Students Say


Cathy Hogan |   BA Connect (Creative Writing)

Finally a BA with Creative Writing! This course has lived up to all my expectations. I was able to develop my chosen field of writing as well as to expand into areas which were new to me or were outside my comfort zone. Classes with both resident and visiting writers meant that we were exposed to many different styles while we were also encouraged to develop our more personal projects.