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Cardiff was one of the first universities in the UK to offer a PhD in Creative Writing, and over two decades we have prepared graduates for careers as writers and in the publishing industry.

The PhD programme involves the preparation of an original piece of creative work – a novel, collection of poems or short stories – and a critical commentary.

Candidates for the PhD Creative Writing will submit one of the following:

  • Prose (novel, short story, work of creative non-fiction or play/film script) - the creative portion and critical commentary will not normally exceed 100,000 words with the critical commentary comprising not less than 20,000 words;
  • Poetry, a collection of poetry, prose poetry or micro-fiction amounting to around 60 pages, with an accompanying critical commentary of not less than 20,000 words;
  • An integrated Creative/Critical submission of no more than 100,000 words.As from their second year, students have the opportunity for teaching on the undergraduate English Literature degree and receive mentoring sessions from a full-time member of staff.Recent examples include novels, collections of short stories, microfictions and poetry, with critical components titled:
    • Taking the index back: what the internet has to offer print fiction
    • The question of genre, meanings and incompleteness in the novella and microfiction
    • Crossed tongues: the crisis of speech in the prose poems of Francis Ponge

Our own MA in Creative Writing provides an ideal basis for students wishing to undertake a PhD. Alternatively, in certain cases PhD students attend the first two terms of the MA course, and submit the assessed essays, before proceeding to full-time work on the thesis.

A list of current and recent PhD topics undertaken within the School is also available.

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  • The PhD programme is designed to enable students to put together an original piece of creative work—a novel, collection of poems or short stories, a play, film script, or work of creative non-fiction—together with a reflective critical commentary.
  • The programme offers knowledge and expertise to take you on to a role in Higher Education, or employment requiring high-level skills in research or advanced subject knowledge.
  • The programme recruits a diverse range of Home/EU and International students who want to engage in a research environment characterised by world-leading research expertise in all aspects of creative writing.

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  • A dynamic interdisciplinary research culture with a variety of seminar
  • A wide selection of research training opportunities, including a thesis workshop and reading groups and financial support for giving papers at conferences. In their second year, PhD students have the opportunity to undertake some paid seminar teaching.
  • PhD students are encouraged to publish.
  • Full-time PhD students are allocated study spaces with computing facilities, networked information and access to email and the Internet.
  • The School makes funding available each year for PGR students who wish to attend conferences/undertake library or archive visits in order to assist with their PhD studies.
  • PhD students are encouraged to participate in the Open Mic session organised for the MA in Creative Writing, and to attend workshops and readings given by visiting writers.

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Math o astudiaeth Amser llawn, rhan amser
Cymhwyster PhD
Hyd amser llawn PhD 3 years
Hyd rhan-amser PhD 5 years
Derbyniadau Ionawr, Ebrill, Hydref

The PhD programme involves the  preparation of an original piece of creative work – a novel, collection of  poems or short stories – and a critical commentary.

Candidates for the PhD Creative Writing will submit one of the following:

  • Prose (novel, short  story, work of creative non-fiction or play/film script) - the creative portion  and critical commentary will not normally exceed 100,000 words with the  critical commentary comprising not less than 20,000 words;
  • Poetry, a  collection of poetry, prose poetry or micro-fiction amounting to around 60  pages, with an accompanying critical commentary of not less than 20,000 words;
  • An integrated  Creative/Critical submission of no more than 100,000 words.

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The PhD programme involves the  preparation of an original piece of creative work – a novel, collection of  poems or short stories – and a critical commentary.

Candidates for the PhD Creative Writing will submit one of the following:

  • Prose (novel, short  story, work of creative non-fiction or play/film script) - the creative portion  and critical commentary will not normally exceed 100,000 words with the  critical commentary comprising not less than 20,000 words
  • Poetry, a  collection of poetry, prose poetry or micro-fiction amounting to around 60  pages, with an accompanying critical commentary of not less than 20,000 words
  • An integrated  Creative/Critical submission of no more than 100,000 words.

‘Positioned at the interface of different traditions, methodologies, theoretical approaches, disciplines and practices, our pioneering research engenders challenging and fascinating questions for our staff and, through our PhD supervision and research-led teaching also for our students are all levels.’ Professor Alison Wray, Director of Research in the School of English, Communication and Philosophy

The School’s research is recognised internationally for its excellence and was ranked in the top ten for the quality of its English Language and Literature research, including Creative Writing, in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF2014).

Cardiff University has recently joined the world's top 100 universities for the study of English Language & Literature in the 2016 QS World University Rankings. Read in full here.

Our PhD students in Creative Writing are producing dynamic work across a range of (hybrid) genres from experimental poetry and short stories to radio and film scripts, ambitious novels and challenging creative non-fiction. They are supported by supervisors who are experienced, published writer-academics. Students are encouraged to engage with hybrid genres as well as established modes and forms. Examples of current PhD topics are below:

‘The Myth and its Registration’; ‘The Gwerin and the Crachach: A Novel’;‘Modest Venus: Experiments in Seeing’; ‘World of appearances: defining a post-projective method in contemporary poetics’; ‘The representations of Italy in contemporary English Literature’; ‘Poetic Grief: Writing the Death of an Addict’; ‘Root and Branch: Direction in the Urban Novel in Contemporary Welsh Fiction in English’.

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The School takes the training of research students very seriously, providing the facilities and supervisory guidance to help each student flourish intellectually and work productively. The School has a dedicated suite of PhD research rooms with excellent networked IT facilities. Each student has a travel budget and a contribution to photocopying costs, as well as free printing facilities. We regularly check with students what training they need, and ensure that it is provided. Our PhD students can apply to get teaching experience with us, and our unique ‘Learning to Teach’ programme is accredited by the Higher Education Academy. The School holds a yearly conference to allow PhD students the opportunity to share work with their peers in a supportive and stimulating multi-disciplinary environment. The Arts and Social Studies Library is well-stocked with books and academic journals in all our subject areas, electronic resources, and specialist collections such as Cardiff Rare Books, a rich collection of over 14,000 items ranging from fifteenth-century incunabula to twentieth-century fine press books.

In a competitive jobs market, our students are encouraged and supported in building up the skills that will make them employable, whatever their career direction. We value the rich experience of our many overseas students, and actively attend to their specific needs in relation to their cultural context of study and the demands of writing elegantly in a second language.

The PhD in Creative and Critical Writing has prepared graduates for careers as writers and in the publishing industry. In recent years our graduates have acquired publishing contracts with major publishers and have taken up teaching posts in British universities and overseas.

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For the full range of funding possibilities on offer, see ourPostgraduate Funding Opportunitiespage.

There are currently no funding opportunities available.

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Applications are welcome from graduates with at least a 2.1 in English Literature (and/or relevant discipline) and an MA in Creative Writing, English Literature (and/or a relevant discipline).

You are recommended to email the postgraduate administrator at encap-pg@cardiff.ac.uk with your research proposal and a sample of creative work prior to making a formal application.

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Applications can be made for this course via our Online Application Service.

Applicants should include a research proposal (approx 1000 words), 2 academic references, a sample of creative writing, copies of BA and MA degree certificates and a transcript of the marks. For guidance in relation to the critical commentary please contact encap-pg@cardiff.ac.uk .

In addition to the application form, research proposal and supporting documents we also require copies of recent creative work, the word count of which will depend very much on the genre of work produced but we would expect approximately 3,000 words of prose or 10-15 poems.

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The University has four entry points for research degrees; 1st October, 1st January, 1st April or 1st July

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