Explore fresh perspectives across the rich chronological span of English literature, or develop your talents in the field of Creative Writing, taught by professional writers respected within their chosen fields.
Top 100 worldwide
Globally, we’re positioned in the top 100 universities for the study of English Language and Literature (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021).
Research with impact
Placed 4th in the UK for research impact and 5th for research power in English Language and Literature (REF 2021).
93% of our postgraduate taught graduates were in employment and/or further study, due to start a new job or course, or doing other activities such as travelling, 15 months after the end of their course. (Graduate Outcomes survey 2020/21)
Cardiff was one of the first universities in the UK to offer a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing and over two decades we have prepared graduates for careers as writers and for positions in the publishing and communications industries, academia and arts administration.
Students on the PhD Critical and Cultural Theory receive supervision from academic staff with a long-standing commitment to excellence and diversity in research, who work at the forefront of pioneering research in critical and cultural theory.
We are committed to sharing the relevance of our research by bringing together academics, students and the local community. Our book group with a difference sparks a lively exchange between a community audience and academics who offer thought-provoking perspectives on chosen texts.
A trailblazer for Creative Writing in the UK, we nurture new talent with Open Mic nights. We regularly host Creative Writing Visiting Writers Series and curate an exciting Creative Industries Day each year.
Make your original contribution to knowledge in a thriving, internationally renowned research community. Our PhD offers a diverse range of research training plus the opportunity to gain teaching experience through our HEA-accredited ‘Learning to Teach’ programme.
Study in the heart of our leafy city centre campus at the John Percival Building, with easy access to the University’s magnificent Special Collections and Archives in the adjacent Arts and Social Sciences Library.