Programme aim

Our aim is to facilitate the student’s creative progress with a mix of instructive seminar teaching and applied craft learning. All of our modules are rooted in expert practice and taught by highly accomplished professionals. Embedded in Cork’s artistic milieu, the MA programme  builds on literary connections in the city and surrounding hinterland and works jointly with the Munster Literature Centre, the “O Bheal” poetry initiative, Examiner publications, the West Cork Literary Festival, and the Dzogchen Beara retreat centre in west Cork, to enhance and contextualize the student experience.

UCC has a strong literary pedigree which is reflected in the breadth of creative options offered. This makes you, the student, part of an ongoing literary tradition. Writers who have studied or taught at UCC include Sean O’Faolain, Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill and John Montague.  Notable poets associated with the university include Thomas McCarthy, Sean Dunne, Paul Durcan, Theo Dorgan, Greg Delanty and Leanne O’Sullivan