Research course

Creative Writing

Open University · Department of English

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.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Dr Fiona Donaghan
+44 (0)1908 652092