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Creative and Critical Writing, PhD/MPhil

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #401 (WUR) Bangor, United Kingdom
The course provides you with the opportunity to work over an extended period on a collection of short stories, a novel or a collection of poems under the individual supervision of a writer actively publishing in your field.  The Creative and Critical Writing programme is offered by the Bangor University.
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Overview

  • The School benefits from the presence of the poet Professor Carol Rumens as a visiting professor and the frequent visits of honorary professor Philip Pullman, who offers both readings and workshops.
  • Our students are successful. A number of recent or existing postgraduate students have successfully published collections of poems or short stories that have arisen from their studies here at Bangor. These include John Tanner, Zoe Skoulding, and Nessa O’Mahoney. Others have published stories including Terri Lee Hackman, Zoe Perrenoud, and Lisa Blower (who won the 2009 Guardian Short Story Competition) or individual poems and other forms of writing.
  • The Creative and Critical Writing programme is offered by the Bangor University.
Careers and Employability:
  • The programme fully prepares you for a future career as a writer and as an academic. Students also have the opportunity to follow a range of training programmes offered through the University that significantly enhance their chances of finding work in the field of their choice.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date

    The University will accept applications throughout the year.

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      PhD: 3 years full-time;

    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Duration description

      PhD: 6-8 years part-time

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

If you take your PhD or MPhil in course in The School of English at Bangor University you will experience:

  • One-to-one teaching and supervision by established writers and academics.
  • The opportunity to develop your own specific interests, working in the genre and style of your choice.
  • The flexibility to study on a full or part-time basis.
  • The opportunity to develop an awareness of your own writing and writing processes through combining creative and critical work, preparing you for a future career in writing or as an academic.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    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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  • Minimum required score:

    67

    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class
Recommended score: First Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of First Class or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A first class or a good second-class degree. In many cases PhD applicants have studied to MA level, though this is not compulsory. Students without an MA are required to follow the research training module offered by the school.
  • We are able to accept some students on a distance-learning basis, but they should have already acquired the skills taught in the introductory seminars, or should make arrangements to attend equivalent seminars at another institution, at their own expense.
  • Students whose first language is not English are expected to have achieved an IELTS score of at least 6.5 with no element below 6.0.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16500 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4300 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Bangor

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

Country Scholarship

  • Up to £12,000
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  • Full fee waiver & monthly stipend  
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Bangor International Scholarships

  • Up to £4,000
  • All countries

Alumni/Existing Students/Family Discount

  • £1,000 in addition to the Bangor International Scholarship
  • All countries

China Scholarship Council

  • Full tuition fee waiver
  • China

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