Taught course

Creative Writing

Newcastle University · School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

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.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

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.

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Information for international students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 10 English Language requirements: Direct Entry: IELTS 7.0 overall (with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 6.0 in all other sub-skills). Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course.

Fees and funding

See our course fees and funding web page.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
12 months

Course contact details

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