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Postgraduate Diploma Online

Creative Writing

University of York

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. 

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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

More details

Applications can be submitted year-round, but we recommend you apply as early as possible as entry to many courses is competitive.


120 alternative credits



Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

Undergraduate degree

  • Typically you'll be a graduate in a related subject area. We favourably consider students with a BA/BSc award in any subject and evidence of recent higher education level of study in this area.

Other qualifications and experience

  • We are committed to ensuring open access and will seek to ensure those without the qualifications highlighted above, but with evident ability to succeed, have the opportunity to study. In such instances, you may be asked to submit a piece of creative writing for consideration of the admissions panel. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis and we follow the University's Equal Opportunities policy throughout.

Tuition Fee

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    Based on the tuition of 3040 GBP per year during 24 months.
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    3040 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 3040 GBP per year during 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.

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