Research course

Creative Writing Specialisms

University of Bolton · Faculty of Arts and Media Technologies

Entry requirements

Applicants require a good honours degree and a MA or other postgraduate qualification in a relevant subject. Candidates with alternative qualifications and/or experience demonstrating appropriate knowledge and skills to begin doctoral study will be considered. Candidates with a first degree will initially register as an MPhil student. After the first period of study, leading to important outcomes at this level, progress will be reviewed in the School and by the Board of Study for Research Degrees. The student may then upgrade to PhD level. Graduates with a relevant MA may be allowed to register directly as a PhD student.

PhD, MPhil.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The MPhil/PhD in Creative Writing is for writers who want to embark on a course of sustained study and research at a high level of academic and creative achievement.

Your studies will consist of research into a specific subject area relevant to your chosen field of creative endeavour and a substantial work of creative writing, consisting of a collection of poems, a prose work or a dramatic script for stage, screen or radio.

The creative writing tutors within the School of Arts, Media and Education are all established writers whose work has been published or performed professionally. They have substantial experience in their field of creative writing and are able to offer a high level of knowledge and expertise in your selected area of study.

Information for international students

International students require: TOFEL score of at least 575 paper based and 230 computer based; or an IELTS score of at least 6.5. Please visit our website for more information.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


full time
24 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

University of Bolton Enquiries
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