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Run by Faculty of Arts
Awards available PhD, MPhil
Programme length MPhil: one year full-time;
two years part-time
PhD: three years full-time;
six years part-time

This research degree is also available via distance learning.
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Start date September 2020
January 2021

Programme overview

A PhD in English with Creative Writing consists of an original body of work - normally a novel, or a collection of poetry/short stories - with an accompanying critical element. The critical element will place the creative work in an informed and theorised analytical context.

The total assessed word count will be 80,000 words (or equivalent for poetry). The proportion of the creative to the critical work will be agreed by the supervisory team, but will usually consist of 50,000 words (or equivalent for poetry) of creative text and 30,000 words of critical text.

All PhD students are supervised by two academics, one of whom will normally be a creative writing academic and the other from English literature or a related discipline relevant to the creative and critical work. As with the traditional PhD, the final submission will be expected to make ‘a substantial and original contribution to knowledge’. For the Creative Writing PhD, this means a body of work that contributes in individual, significant and demonstrable ways to current discourses in literature.

The relation to such discourses will be articulated in the creative work and conceptualised and explored in the critical element; both are intended to address the same research questions, generating dynamic interplay between creative and critical practice.

Fees for 2020/21

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2020/21 are as follows:

UK/EU: full-time
£4,365
UK/EU: part-time
£2,183
Overseas: full-time
£18,300
Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time
£9,365

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2020/21

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Entry requirements

MPhil: An upper second-class degree or international equivalent. Please note, acceptance will also depend on evidence of your readiness to pursue a research degree.

PhD: A master's qualification, or be working towards a master's qualification, or international equivalent. Applicants without a master's qualification may be considered on an exceptional basis, provided they hold a first-class undergraduate degree (or international equivalent). Applicants with a non-traditional background may be considered provided they can demonstrate substantial equivalent and relevant experience that has prepared them to undertake their proposed course of study.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile A
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement

Research groups

  • Arts Faculty Creative Writing Research Cluster
  • Brigstow Institute
  • Centre for Material Texts

Careers

People who are awarded a Creative Writing PhD go on to a variety of careers. Many are published writers who also teach, either in the academy or in community settings. The intensive training in examining texts is transferable to roles in publishing, broadcasting and media. Others organise literary and other cultural events or work in research. Like many creative people, graduates of this type of degree often have portfolio careers, where they work between several roles and their writing is one of several simultaneous ways in which they are employed.

Staff profiles

Creative Writing

Billy Kahora BA, MA, (Lecturer in Creative and Professional Writing), creative non-fiction; creative writing; fiction; narrative voice

Professor Ralph Pite BA, MA, PhD, (Professor of English), Contemporary poetry; Romantic literature, especially Coleridge, Keats and contemporary responses to Dante; Thomas Hardy; Victorian fiction; writing and the environment

Dr Mimi Thebo BA, MA, PhD, (Reader in Creative Writing), Children' s Literature; Creative Writing; Creative writing and eco-criticism ; Creative writing and issues of representation, including postcolonial theory

Dr William Wootten BA, MA, PhD, (Lecturer in English), Bristol (modern and contemporary poetry); creative writing; history of Penguin publishing; poetry

How to apply
Application deadline:

September 2020 start: 2 August 2020
January 2021 start: 2 December 2020

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, applying for a visa and the support we offer to international students.

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REF 2014 results

  • English Language and Literature:
  • 11% of research is world-leading (4*)
  • 57% of research is internationally excellent (3*)
  • 25% of research is recognised internationally (2*)
  • 7% of research is recognised nationally (1*)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

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Open days and visits

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Register to attend our postgraduate open day, 20 November 2019.

Get in touch

Postgraduate Admissions Phone: +44 (0) 117 428 2296 Email: artf-pgadmissions@bristol.ac.uk

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