Ph.D. On Campus

Creative Writing

Cardiff University

36 months
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The PhD Programme in Creative Writing offered at Cardiff University, is for students and writers wishing to complete a substantial creative work of marketable quality. Our own MA in Creative Writing provides an ideal basis for students wishing to undertake a PhD.


The PhD  in Creative Writing   at Cardiff caters to individuals keen to join a thriving community of writers from novelists and memoirists to poets and scriptwritersall of whom share the common purpose of immersing themselves in the composition of a substantial piece of creative research.

The programme includes a compulsory critical element in which students relate the creative work they produce to its wider critical and cultural contexts and evaluate the conceptual and theoretical contribution the work represents.

Programme aims

The PhD programme is designed to enable students to put together an original piece of creative work a novel, collection of poems or short stories, a play, film script, or work of creative non-fiction together with a reflective critical commentary.

The programme offers knowledge and expertise to take you on to a role in Higher Education, or employment requiring high-level skills in research or advanced subject knowledge.

The programme recruits a diverse range of Home/EU and International students who want to engage in a research environment characterised by world-leading research expertise in all aspects of creative writing.

Programme Structure

Examples of recent and current PhD topics:

  • “Modest Venus: Experiments in Seeing” (Narrative Non-Fiction)
  • “World of Appearances: Defining a Post-Projective Method in Contemporary Poetics”
  • “Poetic Grief: Writing the Death of an Addict”
  • “Representations of Italy in Contemporary English Literature” and a Novel
  • “Root and Branch: Direction in the Urban Novel in Contemporary Welsh Fiction in English”
  • “The Gwerin and the Crachach: A Novel”

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • In addition to the application form, research proposal and supporting documents we also require copies of recent creative work, the word count of which will depend very much on the genre of work produced but we would expect approximately 3,000 words of prose or 10-15 poems.
  • Applicants should include a research proposal (approx 1000 words), 2 academic references, a sample of creative writing, copies of BA and MA degree certificates and a transcript of the marks.

Tuition Fee

Tuition fees status is determined during the processing of applications, so we are unable to confirm this in advance or advise on fees status decisions.

Living costs for Cardiff

628 - 1066 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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