Writing Poetry MA

Writing Poetry MA

Part time: 24 months


Our Writing Poetry MA will develop your creative ability through practice, discussion and revision. You'll work with established poets and writers to refine your work. You'll also consider the processes of writing and develop advanced editing skills.

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Our flexible course allows you to enhance your writing and develop your practice. You'll receive expert tuition from distinguished and experienced poets and poetry teachers. You'll progress in a structured way, receiving formal recognition for your work. 

You can choose to study either in Newcastle or London. Newcastle University leads the North East cohort. The London course is run in collaboration with The Poetry School.

The course is firmly rooted in the publishingperforming and promoting poetry world. You will work with established poets:

You will also receive tuition from guest tutors. Our guest tutors are from The Poetry School and Newcastle University's teaching communities. 

Both sites offer a wide range of opportunities and experiences, including:

  • digital projects and platforms
  • live events
  • collaborative projects
  • commissioning opportunities
  • competitions

By the end of the course, you will have:

  • advanced your creative ability through practice, discussion and revision
  • an advanced awareness of the processes of writing in your own work and that of others
  • a range of knowledge on the writing of poetry in English
  • knowledge of the professional world of writing and publishing
  • the ability to edit and prepare poetry for submission and publication
  • a sensitivity to verbal creativity
  • an advanced ability to understand and judge the timing and duration of creative projects

Summer school

Each year both cohorts come together for a one week summer school. The summer school alternates between the two cities each year. 

The summer schools will focus on professional skills related to:

  • creative writing teaching techniques
  • the publishing industry and literary world
  • residency work
  • reviewing

The summer school also offers huge scope for innovation and working with other partners. This could include galleries, poetry films and the use of digital resources. 


The Newcastle Centre for Literary Arts (NCLA) is home to a vibrant writing community. You can get involved with readings and events featuring poets, playwrights and novelists. Past guests include Carol Ann DuffyCarolyn Forché and Seamus Heaney.

Through our Write Around the Toon project we also have a network of placements and partners. This enables you to collaborate, make new contacts and gain experience in the creative industries.


You'll study at the Poetry School in Lambeth, a short walk from Waterloo and the South Bank. The Saison Poetry Library, British libraries and London's central cultural hubs are nearby. 

You'll have the opportunity to enrich your practice through The Poetry School's many collaborations. The Poetry School is embedded in the poetry world with links to other poetry and arts organisations. You'll be situated at the centre of a thriving poetry community.

A large and varied short course programme runs alongside the MA. You can choose to access these courses for a supplementary fee. 


We offer the course part time over 23 months, running from October to September. 

You can choose to study in either Newcastle or London. All classes are in the evening if studying at Newcastle and during the day in London. 

As well as attending weekly classes, you'll take part in our one week summer schools

Related Degrees

  • Creative Writing MA, PGCert

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Modules for 2017 entry

Compulsory modules

You will take this module in the second year of study. 


Optional modules

You will choose two of the following optional modules, one per year:

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.



Part time: £3,600


Part time: £3,600 

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

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a related subject. Along with your application you will need to submit a portfolio of up to ten poems. 

We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with lower or non-standard qualifications. 

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 for further information.

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

How to Apply

You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.

Along with your application you need to submit a portfolio of up to ten poems. You can attach your portfolio to the application form. You also need to choose whether you want to study in Newcastle or London. You can do this by selecting the relevant degree code:

  • Newcastle - 4154P
  • London (Poetry School) - 4155P

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.


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.


Melanie Birch
Events, Marketing and Postgraduate Administrator
School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7619

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