Research course

Creative Writing

Open University · Department of English

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Entry requirements

A strong academic and creative record, usually evidenced by an MA in Creative Writing and relevant publications.

Months of entry


Course content

The Creative Writing discipline supports research in contemporary writing and PhD study focused on creative writing. This research activity is closely associated with the discipline's Contemporary Cultures of Writing Research Group and Wasafiri, the Arts Council-funded magazine of international contemporary writing based at the OU. The core activity in this type of PhD study is the creation of a book-length work of literature and an accompanying critical reflective thesis, which elucidates the research and creative strategies involved in the making of the work. In this way the essence of the Creative Writing PhD is research through creative practice. The final creative work emerges from and embodies the research questions, decisions and discoveries made in the course of producing the work.

We welcome applications from candidates suitably qualified and with appropriate writing experience and ability. We expect well-structured proposals which set out specific research questions and clearly outline creative and critical approaches. A substantial writing sample is also required. If you would like to discuss your ideas informally before submitting an application, please contact us.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    72 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Siobhan Campbell
+44 (0)1908 652092