Taught course

Writing Poetry

Newcastle University · School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

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.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

About this course

This Writing Poetry MA is for those who want to put poetry at the centre of their creative practice. You will receive expert tuition from nationally and internationally renowned poets. Your own writing practice, and developing your own poems, is at the heart of the course.

You can choose to study either in Newcastle or London. All classes are in the evening if studying at Newcastle and during the day in London. Newcastle University leads the North East cohort. The London course is run in collaboration with The Poetry School

By the end of the course, you will have:

  • an advanced awareness of the processes of writing in your own work and that of others
  • advanced your creative ability through practice, reading, discussion and revision
  • learned new ways to generate work, and refine it through the development of enhanced revision skills
  • a range of knowledge on the writing of poetry in English
  • an enhanced sensitivity to verbal creativity
  • an advanced ability to understand and judge the timing and duration of creative projects
  • the ability to revise and prepare poetry for submission and publication
  • knowledge of the professional world of writing and publishing

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

Newcastle University is offering a full scholarship award for 2019 entry worth £7,400 (full fees) for an outstanding applicant to the Poetry School / Newcastle MA in Writing Poetry. Deadline for applications: Thursday 1 August 2019, 5pm.

Full details of the scholarship are available here.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    23 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Melanie Birch
+44 (0) 191 208 7619