Creative Writing PGCert

Up to 12 months full time; up to 24 months part time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £1,835 part time £920
International: full time £4,025 part time fees

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Programme Overview

This flexible programme enables you to develop your creative writing skills, and explore your creativity, via a combination of writing-focused short or week-long intensive courses or individual tuition by distance learning.

This programme will:

• advance your creative practice through practice, discussion and revision
• increase your understanding of a range of genres
• develop your understanding of the professional skills needed by the writer
• develop your understanding of the professional skills needed by those whose job it is to stimulate or develop others’ creativity

The range and flexibility that it offers makes this programme distinctive. You will also be taught by published writers who bring distinctive backgrounds and experience as well as academic and technical expertise to the programme.

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You choose taught modules and submit a portfolio of your own creative work.

The programme may be delivered by a combination of short courses, distance learning, intensive courses and portfolio supervision.

Find out more detailed information about the programme modules

+Entrance Requirements

Usually an upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in a related subject, such as creative writing, English literature, drama or screenwriting. We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with lower or non-standard qualifications. Along with your application you will be asked to submit examples of your written work creative writing, including two short stories, six poems or a script. 

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 100 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 69 or equivalent.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

Students should consult their employers for sponsorship opportunities.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

There is no closing date for this programme. However, international students applying for September 2014 entry should apply by Friday 11 July 2014 to ensure that they have time to put appropriate arrangements in place.  

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:
Sherelle Coulson
Programme Administrator
School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7199

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of English Literature, Language and Creative Writing