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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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Calling writers who teach, teachers who write, and those interested in applying creative writing (or its theory) within their professional field !

The Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching Creative Writing is structured around 3 modules that are designed with a focus on a different area of teaching creative writing. By the end of the course you will have an enhanced knowledge of relevant existing pedagogical theory, acquired new practical skills for teaching, assessment and planning and you will have developed reflective awareness and innovation in your own teaching practice. 

Course delivery: We plan to deliver our postgraduate and MSt qualifications in-person in the academic year 2021-22. Please note that this will be reviewed in line with the latest public health guidance available at the time. If required, to ensure the health and safety of students, we may look to utilise alternative teaching formats and will contact students if we expect changes to the course delivery.


Fees and funding

The fee will be £4,200 for Home and for EU/Overseas students the fee is £6,300. There is an application fee of £70.

Although this is a non-residential course, students requiring residential accommodation for the modules may be able to book B&B at a 10% discount from the normal rate at Madingley Hall as availability permits.  

You can pay in one of two ways:

  • In full on enrolment (by cheque payable to the University of Cambridge or by credit or debit card)
  • in four instalments (credit/debit card only)

ICE fees and refunds policy

First story - Institute of Continuing Education Tuition Fee Bursary Scheme

The University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) and the creative writing charity First Story have collaborated to provide five partial tuition fee bursaries for this course. The First Story - Institute of Continuing Education Tuition Fee Bursary Scheme will enable teachers, librarians or other literary professionals working in deprived and/or disadvantaged settings to enrol on the part-time University of Cambridge Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching Creative Writing.

These bursaries, which will cover up to £2,100 of the course fee are intended to support applicants who work in state funded settings such as state schools, public libraries, local authorities, the NHS or HM Prisons Service and third-sector or not-for-profit organisations.

How to apply for a bursary

Step one: Apply for a place on the course. Applicants can only apply for a bursary after making an application for the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching Creative Writing course through the online application portal.

Step two: Complete this online Bursary Application Form. You will be required to provide your course application payment reference number, a personal statement about how you will benefit from the course and bursary, and a copy of your CV.

First Story - Institute of Continuing Education Tuition Fee Bursary Scheme Terms and Conditions.

The deadline for applications for both the course and for a bursary is 7 June 2021.

Other sources of funding

Sources of government funding and financial support - including Professional and Career Development Loans.

Next Generation Bursary

The Next Generation Bursary is intended to support recent University of Cambridge graduates and current postdoctoral researchers to undertake further career-relevant learning against the backdrop of a highly challenging economic context. The bursary will give up to 100 Cambridge graduates and postdoctoral researchers a subsidy worth up to £2,100 to part-fund this eligible postgraduate course. The bursary application closing date is 31 May 2021 and further information can be found on our website. Please note: if eligible, you can apply for this bursary along with the First Story bursary but successful applicants can only be awarded one bursary at a time per course offering.

This course will require a minimum number of students in order to run. Applicants for this course will be notified by September 2021 if the course is not going to be running at which point students will be offered a refund of the fees they have paid so far (please see our Cancellation policy)


Unless otherwise stated, teaching and assessment for ICE courses are in English. If your first language is not English, please refer to our Information for Applicants pages for further guidance.

Course dates

22 Oct 2021 to 02 May 2022

Course duration

1 year

Apply by

07 Jun 2021

Course fee

Home: £4,200
Overseas: £6,300

Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
CB23 8AQ
United Kingdom

Qualifications / Credits

60 credits at Master of Studies

Course code