Entry requirements

Usually an MA in Creative Writing and strong evidence of creative writing ability. Visit our website for further information.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

PhD programme helps give structure to your creative project, and invites you to ask searching questions about your practice, to reflect on the process of producing creative work, and so to write a long critical-reflective essay (usually 15-20,000 words) to accompany the creative work.

At its broadest, the emphasis is on trying to comprehend the practice of creation itself - surely one of the most fascinating subjects imaginable.

Creative Writing doctorates lead to a variety of potential career paths. These include novelist, poet, playwright or screenwriter, of course, but there are many related industries that Creative Writing research degree graduates nationally have gone on to work in, including (but not limited to):

  • TV storyline writing
  • video game creation
  • Journalism
  • TV and film production
  • publishing
  • working as a literary agent
  • teaching or lecturing
  • working as a professional stand-up comedian
  • post-doctoral academic research
  • public relations
  • advertising and marketing
  • political research and speech writing
  • arts management
  • content provision
  • tweet writing
  • web editing
  • blogging
  • franchise creation
  • branding consultancy
  • literary and other arts events management
  • intellectual property advising
  • and more

Department specialisms

Creative writing of all genres, including fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and screenplays.

Fees and funding

1 x PhD studentship in School of English.

Please visit our website for information on: PhD Studentships and Postgraduate Funding Opportunities.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Dr Harry Whitehead