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Creative Writing (Research)

Cardiff University
Program overview
3-5 years
Full time/part time
Doctorate / PhD
Scholarships available

Start dates
January 2023

April 2023

October 2023

January 2024

About this program

Creative Writing (Research)

The PhD programme at Cardiff caters to individuals keen to join a thriving community of writers—from novelists and memoirists to poets and scriptwriters—all of whom share the common purpose of immersing themselves in the composition of a substantial piece of creative research.

The programme includes a compulsory critical element in which students relate the creative work they produce to its wider critical and cultural contexts and evaluate the conceptual and theoretical contribution the work represents.

Programme aims

  • 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.

Admission requirements

Applications are welcome from graduates with at least a 2.1 at undergraduate level (in any academic discipline). While an MA in Creative Writing or English Literature is an advantage, it is not a prerequisite.

You are recommended to email the postgraduate administrator at with your research proposal and a sample of creative work prior to making a formal application.

English language requirements

The School welcomes applications from students outside the United Kingdom. For non-native speakers of English, an IELTS overall score of 7.5 with at least 7.0 in each sub score is essential.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Examples of recent and current PhD topics are given below:

  • “Modest Venus: Experiments in Seeing” (Narrative Non-Fiction)
  • “World of Appearances: Defining a Post-Projective Method in Contemporary Poetics”
  • “Poetic Grief: Writing the Death of an Addict”
  • “Representations of Italy in Contemporary English Literature” and a Novel
  • “Root and Branch: Direction in the Urban Novel in Contemporary Welsh Fiction in English”
  • “The Gwerin and the Crachach: A Novel”
  • “The Myth and its Registration”: Intellectual Property and Trademarks and a Novel

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.


For more information about tuition fee, please visit the university website.

Career paths

The programme offers ideal preparation for those wishing to pursue careers in freelance writing and academia as well as journalism, publishing, teaching, public relations and arts management and administration.

Job roles: Writer, Lecturer, Editor, Head Teacher, English Teacher, EFL Teacher, PR Officer.

Employers: Universities from Cork (Ireland) to Wisconsin State (USA), Oxford University Press, Penguin Random House, Palgrave MacMillan, London Film School, Virgin Media, Literature Wales, Visit Wales.

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Cardiff University

Founded in 1883, Cardiff University combines a prestigious heritage with impressive modern facilities, on one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK. As part of the Russell Group, our students benefit from our outstanding research quality and reputation, while...

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CF10 3AT Cardiff

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