Postgraduate

Creative Writing MA, PGCert

Creative Writing MA, PGCert

MA - full time: 12 months, part time: 24 months
PGCert - full time: 12 months 

Profile

Our courses allow you to advance your creative ability through practice, discussion and revision. You will further your awareness of writing processes, professional writing and publishing. Our staff have received national and international recognition for their work. You will work with them to prepare creative work for submission and publication.

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Our courses provide a unique opportunity to develop and hone your creative writing skills. We teach creative writing in four strands:

  • prose writing
  • poetry
  • scriptwriting, with a unique emphasis on writing for radio
  • creative non-fiction, with a unique emphasis on memoir writing, essay writing and biography

The courses will introduce you to a wide range of subjects and areas in which writers are working professionally. You will build your awareness and broaden your knowledge of writing opportunities. You will also consider ways of matching your skills to jobs.

You will explore the many ways in which writing is produced, distributed and promoted to audiences. Our guest speakers are practitioners and/or associated with the world of publishing and performance. Working with them, you will explore the roles and importance of:

  • agents
  • editors
  • reviewers
  • social media
  • new technology in contemporary publishing

The Newcastle Centre for Literary Arts (NCLA) offers you the opportunity to get involved in our writing community. Our readings and events feature poets, playwrights and novelists. Past speakers include:

  • Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Val McDermid
  • Seamus Heaney

Delivery

At the centre of courses are writing workshops. We offer workshops in:

  • prose
  • poetry
  • scriptwriting
  • creative non-fiction

All our classes take place in the early evening.

You will develop your creative writing through our taught sessions and individual consultations. Our small seminar groups and one to one supervision gives you close contact with your tutors, who are all writing practitioners.

Those who complete the PGCert can choose to transfer to the second year of our part time MA.

Student profile

Stepping out of my comfort zone and studying styles I wasn’t acquainted with was important. Writing is about leaving your comfort zone.

Ross's student profile
Ross G

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Module changes

Module changes

Modules change annually to take account of:

  • changing staff expertise
  • developments in the discipline
  • the requirements of external bodies and partners
  • student feedback.

Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.

Fees & Funding

2018-2019 fees

The fees displayed here are per year.

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

Usually a 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a related subject such as:

  • creative writing
  • English literature
  • drama
  • 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 creative writing, either two short stories, six poems or a script.

Those who complete the PGCert can choose to transfer to the second year of our part time MA. 

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

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English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

Please email us at international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course.

How to Apply

Use our Applicant Portal to apply for your course. We have a step-by-step guide to help you.

Start dates

The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.

We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.

Deposit

If you live outside the UK/EU you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.

Contact

Melanie Birch
Events, Marketing and Postgraduate Administrator
School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7619
Email: pg.english@ncl.ac.uk

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