English Literature MA

Creative Writing Dissertation ENGLIT4118P

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 40
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

The course, offered as an alternative to the Honours English Literature Dissertation, focuses on developing the writing techniques and critical faculties involved in undertaking an individual research project through creative writing. Delivered through workshops and supervisions, topics covered include planning, experimentation and idea generation, structure, voice, process, procedure and strategies for editing and redrafting material. The specifics of the course respond to the individual creative projects of students enrolled.


2 x 2hr workshops, as scheduled on MyCampus, and 3 x 30min supervision sessions, TBA

Excluded Courses

ENGLIT4024P Creative Writing Dissertation (30 credits)

ENGLIT4080 and ENGLIT4120 Hybrid Forms


Dissertation, taking the form of a portfolio of creative writing (12,000 words): 90%

Portfolio proposal (2,000 words): 10%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ undertake a sustained piece of creative writing (or sequence of shorter works)

■ become familiar with key decisions regarding genre, form and structure of creative writing

■ provide constructive feedback to peers through writing workshops

■ work closely with a practicing writer as a supervisor

■ experiment with writing processes and methodologies

■ develop close reading skills from a writer's perspective.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ plan and structure an extended creative text (or a sequence of shorter works)

■ use the forms, structures and techniques of effective creative writing

■ edit their own work using skills and techniques developed through the workshops

■ develop individual processes and methodologies of writing appropriate to the project undertaken.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.