Our Creative Writing Master's develops your understanding and awareness of your own writing and your technical writing skills.
You'll further your awareness of:
- writing processes
- professional writing
This PGCert and MA in Creative Writing 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'll introduce you to a wide range of subjects and opportunities with which writers are working professionally.
Members of our Creative Writing staff have received national and international recognition for their writing. You'll work with them to prepare your own writing for submission.
If you complete the Creative Writing PGCert, you can choose to transfer to the second year of our part-time MA.
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Find out about the different qualification options for this course.
An MA is a taught Master’s degree. It usually involves the study of social sciences, art and humanities, and business, consulting and management. It typically includes:
- subject-specific taught modules
- a dissertation or research project of approximately 15,000 – 18,000 words
You'll usually study an MA full-time over 12 months.
A Master of Arts is awarded for the successful completion of 120 credits of taught modules and a 60 credit dissertation or research project.
A PGCert is awarded if you successfully complete half of the taught modules (60 credits).
What you'll learn
Through this Creative Writing Master's you'll be inducted into the habits and inventive strategies of writers in a module dedicated to this process. You'll also begin to concentrate on skills specific to different fields of the writing craft.
You'll go on to test your own writing in one of three workshops dedicated to poetry, prose or script. You'll also take the opportunity to focus on areas of imaginative writing that are specialisms of our staff. Examples of our specialisms include:
- The Short Story
- Poetry and Translation
- Life Writing
Our Profession of Writing module explores the roles and importance of:
- professional opportunities for creative writers
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.
Module information 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.
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.
Optional modules availability
Some courses have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
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The range of modules will be different if you're studying part-time.
How you'll learn
You’ll be taught using a range of methods, typically including:
- taught sessions
- guided reading
- individual consultations
The portfolio will see you finely develop your work through one-to-one supervision. Our small seminar groups and one-to-one supervision mean you'll work closely with your tutors, who are all writing practitioners.
All our classes take place in the early evening.
Depending on your modules, you'll be assessed through a combination of:
Your teaching and learning is also supported by Canvas. Canvas is a Virtual Learning Environment. You'll use Canvas to submit your assignments and access your:
Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to support from:
- our University Student Services Team
You'll also be assigned an academic member of staff. They will be your personal tutor throughout your time with us. They can help with academic and personal issues.
Our PGCert and MA in Creative Writing allow you to advance your creative ability through:
- guided reading
You will further your awareness of:
- writing processes
- writing craft
- professional writing
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Quality and ranking
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body
From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK
The School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics is a lively and diverse community with over 700 undergraduates and 200 postgraduates. We're based in the Percy Building. Our purpose-built postgraduate suite includes:
- several dedicated computer clusters
- meeting rooms
- a kitchen and lounge area
Our award-winning Phillip Robinson Library has an extensive audio-visual collection.
The Newcastle Centre for Literary Arts (NCLA) is a world-class centre of excellence in the field of creative writing which contributes to the cultural life of the North East via:
The NCLA offers you the opportunity to get involved in our writing community through readings and events that feature:
- non-fiction writers
Past speakers include:
- Kazuo Ishiguro
- Paul Muldoon
- Val McDermid
- Peter Straughan
- Claudia Rankine
- David Almond
NCLA events may run subject to COVID-19 restrictions.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
Depending on your residency history, if you’re a student from the EU, other EEA or a Swiss national, with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you’ll normally pay the ‘Home’ tuition fee rate and may be eligible for Student Finance England support.
EU students without settled or pre-settled status will normally be charged fees at the ‘International’ rate and will not be eligible for Student Finance England support.
If you are unsure of your fee status, check out the latest guidance here.
We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our searchable postgraduate funding page for more information.
What you're paying for
Tuition fees include the costs of:
- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
Find out more about:
- additional costs
- living costs
- tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
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