University of York

University of York

Creative Writing

The programme is aimed at experienced writers who are comfortable with exploring the possibilities of the English language; at writers wishing to develop their creative and critical skills at an advanced level. This is a part-time, postgraduate-level programme delivered wholly online in a fully-supported learning environment. The programme adopts an all-encompassing approach to the discipline of creative writing, taking in a variety of genres and exploring the major forms of prose, poetry and scripts.

Entry requirements

The programme is aimed at experienced writers who are comfortable with exploring the possibilities of the English language. Normally students will be expected to hold a Bachelor's degree in a related subject area (such as English). CLL will also favourably consider any student previously awarded a BA/BSc in any subject, and with evidence of recent higher education level creative writing study. As a centre based upon the cornerstone of open access, CLL will also seek to ensure that those without the qualifications highlighted above, but with the obvious ability to succeed, have the opportunity to engage. In such instances, a portfolio of recent creative/imaginative writing and/or the presentation of a critical literary essay may be requested and considered by the admissions panel; CLL reserves the right to ask any student for such a portfolio to support their application. Any student may be called to interview. Students must have an IELTS score of 7.0 where appropriate.

Course modules

Modules include: effective creative practice: creativity theory and the craft of writing; critical approaches to creative practice - methodology research and literature; compressed fiction - the art of the short story; poetic power: theory and practice in contemporary poetry; sustained fiction - the novel as narrative; dramaturgy sound and screen - scripting for theatre radio film and television.

Assessment methods

Assessments will comprise a balance of creative portfolios at the conclusion of every module, alongside critical essays, reflective journals and literary reviews.

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities. Please check with the provider for details.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgDip Distance learning September 2016 - 2 years
PgDip Distance learning September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

Postgraduate Administrator
Telephone number: 
01904 328482