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Creative Writing, Ph.D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
The PhD program is flexible, yet comprehensive in scope and allows writers of different genres to tailor the program to suit their needs.  Candidates on the program will get to demonstrate that the pen really is mightier than the sword.
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This program is offered through distance learning. This involves a fully open experience and is achieved through a combination of distance, on-site and virtual learning.

Individual programs can be structured in module formats; can be project/research directed, or can combine these options.  At the doctoral level, learners are expected to be highly self-motivated and capable of independent work.

The PhD is open to students who have completed an MA or MFA in Creative Writing, or an MA in English or American Literature. The requirement is to complete 160 ECTS credits, 80 US-style credits. 

The Dissertation (investigation into a genre or variety of genres) should be approximately 70,000 words.  Students may combine research with a portfolio of their own creative work, or write a creative novel from the outset.  In some instances, you may be able to transfer credit /exit points  from your prior learning 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline. More details:

    Start Date: 1st of any month

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    160 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Mimesis of Texts
  • Research Methods for Creative Writers
  • Autobiography, Memoir, and Rhetoric
  • The Persona Poem
  • Poetics of the Ordinary
  • The Muses
  • Micro Fiction
  • Narration and Story Development
  • Dreams and the Inner Writer
  • Creativity Theory and Practice
  • Writing for a World Audience
  • Mythopoesis for Creative Writers

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

Admission requirements:
  • A full curriculum vitae/resumé
  • A brief autobiography
  • A brief research proposal,
  • Copies of all academic transcripts
  • Two references
  • A scanned copy of your passport or government-issued ID
  • Two passport-size photographs
  • Application fee

Tuition Fee

  • International

    150 EUR/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 150 EUR per credit and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    150 EUR/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 150 EUR per credit and a duration of 36 months.
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