Creative Writing MA, PGCert

Creative Writing MA, PGCert

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


Our Creative Writing MA and PGCert provides a unique opportunity to explore and develop your creative writing skills through practise, revision and discussion.

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About this course

You will further your awareness of:

  • writing processes
  • professional writing
  • publishing 

Members of our staff have received national and international recognition for their writing. You will work with them to prepare your own writing for submission.

What you'll learn

What you'll learn

Our courses provide a unique opportunity to explore and develop your creative writing skills. We teach creative writing in three areas:

  • prose writing, with an emphasis on short fiction, creative non-fiction and the essay
  • poetry with an emphasis on the practice and study of a variety of poetic traditions and contemporary techniques
  • scriptwriting, which includes writing for the theatre and screenwriting

Through these areas, we will introduce you to a wide range of subjects and opportunities with which writers are working professionally.

Student profile

I love the fact that I keep discovering new things about writing and am being pushed to experiment in my work.

Hannah's student profile

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You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

Modules for 2019 entry

Module changes

Course content changes 

The information above is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability

Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

Fees & Funding

2020-2021 fees

If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.

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 2020 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 (up to 2,500 words each), six poems (up to 12 pages) or a script (up to 10 pages).

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.

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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.

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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