Postgraduate taught 

Creative Writing MLitt

Creative Writing Portfolio (T) CRWRT5037P

  • Academic Session: 2018-19
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The Final Portfolio represents a submission in which students are asked to present what they regard as their best, original, creative work written while on the course. The portfolio can be a single work or include several pieces; a portfolio of collected work might include poetry, script, fiction, non-fiction, and/or experimental work. The portfolio will consist of a creative submission of between 15,000-25,000 words prose (or a max of 600 lines poetry) and must be written and edited to a high standard.  


Individual study and individual tutorials: Students receive 1.5 hours of tutorials (2x45 minutes) in each teaching semester (3 hours total) and 1 hour in the summer semester before submission. These tutorials support them in the writing of their portfolio. Part-time students receive a 45 minute tutorial in each teaching semester (3 hours in total) and a one hour tutorial in the summer semester of their second year.

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level.

Excluded Courses





A Dissertation Portfolio of writing of no more than 25000 words of prose, 600 lines of verse, or the equivalent in other genres or forms (as agreed with the Course tutor) to be submitted at the end of the course (as specified in the Course Handbook).

Main Assessment In: August

Course Aims

This course of independent study aims to give students the time and attention to consolidate and apply the learning they achieve in the seminars and workshops over the course of the year. They apply these to the writing of a portfolio of their own unique creative work. They are supported in their writing and editing by four hours of tutorials with a course tutor who will read up to 12,500 words over the course of five tutorials.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course, students will be able to:


demonstrate an understanding of individual literary forms; an understanding of diction, syntax, formatting, etc. appropriate to those forms, sharpening skills in appraising formal and other qualities in the creative work of fellow students and learning to communicate them with tact and clarity;

demonstrate the capacity to formulate and implement a project relating to textual transmission in the service of creative writing; to understand the nature and the consequences of formal choices in the student's own and in fellow students' creative work; to be in a position to progress to further creative work.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Submission of final portfolio.