Creative Writing

University of York

Postgraduate Diploma Online
24 months
3040 GBP/year
3040 GBP/year
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This flexible Creative Writing course from University of York explores a variety of interesting genres and major forms of prose, poetry and scriptwriting. Guided by a supportive tutor, you will strengthen your writing style and sharpen your critical prowess. You'll gain a wealth of technical and production convention knowledge and write convincingly in an array of literary forms. 


Address the central role of language and meaning as you further your academic and creative development.

Your learning will take place online alongside a lively global community. You'll have the option to attend bi-annual Writers' Weekends to reinforce your online relationships, collaborate on writing tasks and learn from practising writers, publishers and directors.

This qualification is ideal for writers of all levels. Knowledge sharing, constructive feedback and encouragement are central tenets of the course that create an inclusive learning atmosphere in which you can feel comfortable sharing your creative work.  

Careers and skills

This Creative Writing course from University of York is enriching to writers at various stages of their writing journeys. As a graduate, you will have a newfound confidence in your personal writing as well as an established variety of transferable skills and a rich literary knowledge of a variety of genres and written forms. 

Throughout the programme, publishing, performance and writing opportunities are regularly communicated to supplement your awareness of, and involvement in, the literary arena. You will also learn about editing, marketing, publishing and self-promotion; attributes attractive to employers in the creative industry and highly valuable to students hoping to publish their work.

Career opportunities

Common careers for those with Creative Writing qualifications include: 

  • Advertising/digital copywriter
  • Arts administrator and creative director
  • Editorial assistant, proof-reader and editor
  • Lexicographer
  • Journalist
  • Professional blogger
  • Web content editor
  • SEO (Search engine optimisation)
  • Social media specialist
  • Literary criticism and artistic reviewer
  • Creative writing teacher

Programme Structure

Courses 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 

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines




120 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Typically, you'll be a graduate in a related subject area. We favourably consider students with a BA/BSc in any subject and evidence of recent higher education level of study in this area. We may ask you for academic work to support your application and any student may be called to interview.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3040 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3040 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3040 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3040 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Due for update

Updated over a year ago

Check the official programme website for potential updates.

Creative Writing
University of York


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