Research course

Creative Writing

University of Nottingham · School of English

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in a related arts, humanities, or social science subject. For PhD level study, we would usually expect you to hold, or be working towards, a masters degree in a relevant subject.

Months of entry

January, November, October, May, April, February

Course content

A PhD Creative Writing thesis will primarily consist of your own original creative work. The creative element could be a novel, a manuscript of poems, a collection of short stories, a play, or another form of creative output, as required by the project. Alongside this you'll be expected to write a critical analysis of the work, and the context in which it is situated, in order that it can be considered an academic project of PhD standard.

A PhD thesis should not normally exceed 100,000 words in length. It is expected that the creative element would usually comprise 50,000-70,000 words of this, dependent upon the format of the thesis. The analysis will normally be 15,000-30,000 words in length.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Qualification and course duration


part time
96 months
full time
48 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)115 951 5917