Research course

Creative Writing

University of Hertfordshire · School of Social Science, Humanities and Education

Entry requirements

Normally, we require applicants for PhD study to be in possession of good honours degree (2:1 or above), and a Master’s degree, in a relevant discipline.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

We welcome applications from postgraduate students interested in pursuing innovative research in Creative Writing. A Creative Writing thesis takes the form of an original full-length creative work and a critical work on a subject or subjects integral to the creative component. The critical work might take the form of a critical investigation of a related author or authors’ work or an investigation of the PhD’s candidate’s own creative practice and the practical or theoretical underpinnings of the creative work. The exact content of the critical element will be devised by the candidate with the support of their supervisory team.

The creative work should be a fully realised work of literature, whether in prose, poetry or drama. The creative work thus is research into creative practice and therefore makes an original contribution to knowledge. The two elements must be written side by side, as the research undertaken across the project will be crucial to both written documents.

A Creative Writing PhD often draws on other disciplines, so a PhD candidate may have a second supervisor from History, Media, Life Sciences, or any other discipline. Please contact staff to discuss the requirements of your particular thesis.

Our members of staff can offer supervision on a wide range of potential research projects. Please consult our Research Pages to learn more about particular areas of research strength and expertise within the Creative Writing group.

It is based on the research and completion of a research project in any field within these subject areas for which expert supervision can be provided.

Why choose this course?

  • You will be able to develop a substantial, original and creative research project with the help and support of academics who are active researchers and writers themselves.
  • You will acquire extensive subject expertise and independent research skills, honed over an extended period.
  • You will join a thriving School of Humanities and become part of a burgeoning research culture. As a postgraduate student, you are invited to attend and participate in regular reading series, seminars and international conferences hosted by the Creative Writing group.
  • All our students are encouraged to present work at national and international conferences and to submit their research for publication.

Information for international students

International students should have an English Language assessment of IELTS 7.0 with a minimum 6 in each section and 7 in writing, or equivalent as determined by the School of Humanities. Other English language tests are accepted. Please contact the International Officefor details.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Masters
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Lorna Gibb