Taught course

Creative Writing

Edinburgh Napier University · School of Creative Industries

Entry requirements

As this is a postgraduate qualification, a first degree in any discipline is desirable. If you do not have a first degree, relevant experience will be taken into account. Applications should be made to the University in the first instance. Once your application is received you will be contacted by the Programme Leader, who may invite you to submit a sample of your writing. The final stage in the selection process will be an interview. As the focus of this course is writing, discussion and working with texts, a high level of spoken and written English is required.

Months of entry


Course content

Note: Successful completion of Trimester 1 modules will qualify you for the PGCert; Trimester 2 modules will qualify you for the PGDip.

Trimester 1

The three key strands of the course are introduced: vocational skills, theoretical contexts and writing practice.

  • Creating Narrative
  • Theory and Innovation
  • Writing Practice; Life Writing

Trimester 2

  • Beyond Narrative
  • Theory and Authorship
  • Writing Practice

Trimester 3

  • Dissertation - typically a creative work of around 20,000 words with an accompanying reflective essay.

After successful completion of the three trimesters, you will be awarded your masters degree.

Information for international students

For applicants whose first language is not English, the following is generally required: minimum IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 600/250 Please see our website for up-to-date information.

Fees and funding

Please see our website for up-to-date fee & funding information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
9 months
part time
18 months


part time
12 months
full time
6 months

Course contact details

Information Office
08452 60 60 40