Master in Creative Writing

General Objectives of the Course

1. To develop advanced writing skills in areas such as literary writing, audiovisual narratives (radio, press, world wide web) and performing arts (theatre, cinema, television);
2. To develop a critical knowledge of language and writing based on a diverse set of creative writing practices, whether in fictional or nonfictional genres;
3. To promote the experimentation with and invention of new forms of writing, through a broad understanding of writing as a defining practice of the arts and humanities and one of the crucial expressions of creativity and innovation in the contemporary world;
4. To train creative writing professionals for the cultural and arts sector.

Admission Requirements

a) BA graduates; b) those with an educational, scientific or professional CV recognized by the official scientific authority of the University of Coimbra as showing competence to undertake this cycle of studies; c) Level C1 in English according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages; d) sample of unpublished or published written production (fictional text, drama, poetry or film script, up to a maximum of 3000 words), which will be used for assessing the candidate’s ability for literary creativity. This sample is evaluated using criteria to be made explicit in the opening notice for the study cycle, and it will have a specific weight in the selection and ranking of candidates. The recognition mentioned in b) is only effective when considered an entry requirement for this cycle of studies and cannot be understood as conferring the equivalence to a BA degree or to its recognition.

Candidates should check the admission requirements available on this site, in addition to the information provided here.

Professional Goals

Author in various fields of creative writing practices - literary field, performing arts, and media. Professional in the arts and cultural sector. Teacher or researcher.

Mode of Study


Teaching / Evaluation language(s)

Portuguese/ English

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

Since evaluation is a pedagogical activity that is inseparable from teaching, it aims at ascertaining the skills and knowledge acquired by the students, their critical skills, their ability to articulate and solve problems, as well as their mastery of written and oral exposition. The evaluation assignments are defined in the teaching syllabus for each curricular unit and include the following examples: written papers, oral presentations, comments, individual or group projects, attendance and participation in classes. The classification of each student, for each curricular unit, translates into an integer value between 0 and 20, and students who have obtained the final classification of 10 are considered approved. Whenever the evaluation of a curricular unit comprises more than one evaluation element, the final mark is calculated from the marks obtained in each evaluation element, by means of a formula which is made public in the curricular unit description, in accordance with paragraph 2 of article 7 of the RPUC [Pedagogical Regulation of the University of Coimbra]. The final grade of the student results from a formula that includes the curricular component of the programme and the defense of the dissertation, project or internship report.

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

1. To critically reflect on the question of language: its nature, its social and political implications, its (im)possibilities of communication, its aesthetic dimension, and the emancipatory strategies of transformation that resist the hegemonic understanding of language and text;
2. To critically reflect on writing: its nature, its models and counter-models, its forms and genres;
3. To produce original texts that demonstrate competence in the experimentation with the operators and conventions of different genres and forms of writing in the fields of literary writing, audiovisual narrative and performing arts;
4. To be able analyze and evaluate the processes and practices of writing, one’s own production as well as those by one’s peers, in the domains of literary writing, audiovisual narrative and performing arts;
5. To become acquainted with the diverse contexts of professional writing practices through direct contact with professional writers in multiple domains of activity.

Course Coordinator(s)

Graça Maria Constantino Nunes de Oliveira Capinha

Manuel José de Freitas Portela

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Rogério Paulo da Costa Madeira

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of prior learning is carried out in accordance with the Academic Regulation of the University of Coimbra.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

The relevant legislation for the award of the Master's degree is DL 74/2006, of March 24, in the current wording

Graduation Requirements

120 ECTS.

Access to Further Studies

Doctoral Degree.

Study Programme

Escrita Criativa

Academic year

Course Type
2nd Cycle Studies - Advanced Specialisation Master Programme

DGES Code: MC16

Qualification Awarded: Mestre

Duration: 2 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 120.0

Category: Advanced specialization second cycle


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 12-09-2022
End date: 17-12-2022
2nd Semester
Start date: 06-02-2023
End date: 20-05-2023


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2021-07-31 a 2027-07-31
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior