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PhD Creative Writing
Develop your research skills alongside an original portfolio with this specialist doctorate.

PhD Creative Writing / Overview

Year of entry: 2018

Degree awarded
Doctor of Philosophy
Duration
36 months [Full-time], 72 months [Part-time]
Entry requirements

Successful completion of a Masters course with an overall classification of Distinction, or its overseas equivalent, OR a record of prior publication in the field of creative writing, is a prerequisite for entry to the Creative Writing PhD. A research proposal and a sample of your creative work must be included with the formal application materials. 

Full entry requirements

How to apply
 For details of how to apply, go to: Applying for a postgraduate programme

Programme options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
PhD Y Y N N

Programme description

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The Creative Writing PhD consists of two elements.

The first is a creative element. This can be prose fiction, a novel or a collection of short stories of around 80,000 words. It can also be a collection of poetry. The PhD also has a critical element, roughly 30,000 to 50,000 words of research on a related subject useful to the writing of the creative element or to seeing the work in its literary context.

The PhD will require the student to develop their research skills and, to this end, they will be able to undertake a research skills audit and to attend seminars and workshops on research methods in the first year: in this way, students undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing will participate in School-wide training seminars which will develop useful research, teaching and IT skills, as well as seminars in relation to publication, authors' rights etc, which will be particularly useful to students of creative writing.

More information can be found via the Centre for New Writing website.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2018, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,260
    International students (per annum): £18,000
  • PhD (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £2,130

Please note for the majority of projects where experimentation requires further resource: higher fee bands (where quoted) will be charged rather than the base rate for supervision, administration and computational costs. The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive and, therefore, you will not be required to pay any additional bench fees or administration costs.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of the course for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your project.

Read more about  postgraduate fees .

Scholarships/sponsorships

The School offers a limited number of bursaries and studentships on a competitive basis, details of which can be found via the links below.

Please note that whilst we do not have closing dates for programme applications, all funding competitions have a specified deadline for submitting the funding application form and a separate (earlier) deadline for submitting the online programme application form, both of which will be stated in the funding competition details below:

Contact details

Academic department
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Contact name
Rachel Corbishley
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 3559
Email
Website
http://www.alc.manchester.ac.uk/english/research/postgraduate-research/
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