Creative Writing PhD

A creative writing thesis will mainly consist of your own creative work. This could be a novel, a manuscript of poems, a collection of short stories, a play, or another form of creative output.
Year of entry
Full-time 4 years (3 years registered study, plus one year thesis), or part-time 8 years (6 years registered study, plus two years thesis)
Type of study
Full-time Part-time
Entry requirements

2:1 level or above (or international equivalent), a masters degree at Merit level or above, or a detailed research proposal

Applicants without a masters degree who can demonstrate equivalent expertise are invited to contact the School for further advice.

Please note, for acceptance on to a PhD you must also have a confirmed supervisor from within the School of English.

7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
UK/EU fees
International fees
Start date
1 October and 1 February
University Park
Arts English

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My research explores the representation of the Middle Ages in modern fiction, with a particular focus on the fantastical, supernatural and otherworldly: aspects of medieval life that are often neglected by authors today.
James Aitcheson, PhD Creative Writing

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