PhD Creative Writing / Careers

Year of entry: 2024

Career opportunities

Completing a doctoral programme in the Department of English, American Studies and Creative Writing at the University of Manchester opens up a number of different career paths:

  • Former doctoral students have secured academic positions, both nationally and internationally, teaching and researching at Royal Holloway University of London, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Bangor, Liverpool Hope University, Istanbul Sehir University, Salford University, Birmingham City University, Cardiff University, Manchester Metropolitan University, Nottingham Trent University, the University of Leeds, the University of Sheffield, the University of Kent, and the University of Amsterdam.
  • Others have been offered post-doctoral fellowships enabling them to complete specific projects or giving them support to develop new research after their doctorate. The most recent ones include: Liberal Arts Early Career Development Fellowship at King's College, London; British Research Council Fellowship at the Library of Congress; Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Cork; Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Northumbria University; AHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Manchester; Lord Baltimore Fellowship at the Maryland Historical Society; Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the University of Manchester; Visiting Fellowship at the Huntington Library; Visiting Fellowship at the Harry Ransom Foundation, Texas; Jacob M. Price Visiting Research Fellowship at the University of Michigan; Fulbright Fellowship; Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the University of Warwick.
  • A doctoral degree in EAC puts you in a strong position to develop a career in teaching, education, and the creative economy. Upper and Sixth Form tutor; Assistant Rector of the University of Notre Dame London Global Gateway; John Rylands Research Institute Manager; Research and Policy Analyst with the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO); and Inclusion Manager for The Growth Company are some of the positions that our graduate students have taken up.

Explore some of our former doctoral students' book and publications:

Former students have also published in peer-reviewed journals in different fields: the Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Journal of the Civil War Era, Textual Practice, Literature & History, Key Words: A Journal of Cultural Materialism, Journal of American Studies, The Black Scholar, Feminist Media Studies, and Dante Studies are among them.

If you are interested in pursuing doctoral study with us, contact the PGR office or the Post Graduate Research Director in English and American Studies (currently Prof. Daniela Caselli ).

Find out about  alumni from the Centre for New Writing .

The University has its own dedicated  Careers Service  that you would have full access to as a student and for two years after you graduate. At Manchester you will have access to a number of  opportunities to help support you with your goals for the future.