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Creative Writing, Ph.D.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
Aim for the pinnacle in writing with the Warnborough College PhD in Creative Writing. Use the modules to bolster your existing skills, challenge your own writing techniques and create a worthy full-length work.
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Who Should Do This?

Serious writers who already have a Master’s degree in Creative Writing or similar, and/or writers who have many years of writing experience. The PhD in Creative Writing from Warnborough College 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.

How will I learn?

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.

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 Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      Depending upon exemptions, performance and the workload, it may take more or less time. Students should regard nine terms as the average length of the program but may extend, if necessary. 

  • 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.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Successful completion of a Master's degree; or equivalent.
  • A full curriculum vitae/resumé.
  • A brief autobiography. 
  • A brief research proposal, if you are choosing either research or projects options. Outline what you would like to do on the program – the research topic, intended methodology, and planned resources. It should be clear and concise, and can be modified later after discussion with your Program Director.
  • Copies of all academic transcripts. Please include English translations if your transcripts are in another language.
  • Two references. From employers, business partners, and/or academics.
  • A scanned copy of your passport or government-issued ID showing your name, date of birth and photograph.
  • Two passport-size photographs (if you are posting a paper application).
  • Application fee of €100.
  • All other relevant and related information or documentation (e.g. scholarship requests, etc.)

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.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • €150* per ECTS credit / €300 per US credit
  • *Fees refer to tuition only. It does not include ancillary expenses such as required materials (see above), textbooks, internet connections, postage, telephone calls, insurance and printing. 


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