Research course

Creative and Critical Writing

Cardiff University · Cardiff School of English, Communication, and Philosophy

Entry requirements

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Months of entry

January, April, October

Course content

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

  • enable students to create 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.
  • offer 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.
  • provide a research environment characterised by world-leading research expertise in all aspects of creative writing.

Information for international students

With over 8,500 international students from more than 130 countries, you will be joining a diverse and inspiring academic community.

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Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
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