Research course

Creative Writing

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

Entry requirements

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). Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

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.

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.

Special Features

  • 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.

More information on this programme can be found on our website:

Information for international students

The School welcomes applications from students outside the United Kingdom. For those applicants whose first language is not English we require a minimum IELTS overall score of 7.0. .

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
opportunities available months

Course contact details

ENCAP Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)29 2087 0322