A Master's in Creative Writing is desirable, but we are flexible on this: a Master’s in some other subject, or a first degree with publications, will be satisfactory. We accord great weight to the quality of the writing sample you send us: a couple of chapters of a novel, a succinct collection of short stories or poems; scenes from a drama script. English language requirement IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each component) or Swansea University recognised equivalent.
Months of entry
January, October, July, April
Swansea’s Creative Writing research programme offers a choice from a spectrum of skills and a research dialogue across genres, from poetry and fiction to dramaturgy and screenwriting. We are a closely bonded community of writers, each research student being supervised by a specialist writer-teacher. One-to-one meetings take place every 3-4 weeks, or at the student’s request. The corpus of research students meets in monthly staff-student Creative Writing Methodology Workshops.
The Swansea Writing Programme offers its graduate writers an apprenticeship, with the precious time to dedicate oneself to learning a craft which, for all its mysteriousness, works according to techniques and rules which may only be creatively broken when they have been thoroughly understood. Swansea is especially proud of the intellectual rigour of its programme and research culture. Our team includes teacher-writers of world class stature and long experience.
Our PhD offers the experience of mentoring with a specialist writer-teacher, supported by a second writer-supervisor and, importantly, by the ground-breaking Creative Writing Methodology Workshop. The workshop is convened and presided over by the Research Director and attended wherever possible by all Creative Writing staff. Each workshop is led either by a staff member or by an individual student, who has the chance to receive valuable feedback from the members. Writing is circulated by all before sessions, to be discussed and annotated by members.
We go to considerable lengths to match student with supervisor, to create an enriching and enduring writerly bond. It may be useful to acquaint yourself with Stevie Davies’s and Fflur Dafydd’s websites: www.steviedavies.com and www.fflurdafydd.com. Supervisory meetings are logged and goals agreed each time. At the end of year 1 you attend a progression meeting with your supervisors and the Director of Postgraduate Research to discuss your research project.
Students are asked to attend literary festivals and to report on them to the Workshop. They attend skills and training courses at College and University level. From the second year there are opportunities to teach undergraduate tutorials and seminars, for which students receive training and payment. Each has a budget (currently £200 per year) to attend conferences outside Swansea.
Information for international students
Since its foundation in 1920, Swansea University has embraced opportunities to think globally. The vibrant mix of nationalities and cultures on campus greatly enriches our learning and teaching environment. We understand the type of support our international students need to help them settle into student life in a new country.
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Qualification and course duration
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- Dr Alan Bilton