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Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Creative Writing

Course type


Course Summary

Our PhD Creative Writing programme gives you the opportunity to work on a significant piece of creative writing while developing your research skills. You will benefit from creative supervision by an experienced poet or fiction writer and draw on the range of expertise within the University to find a supervisor for your critical element. The PhD will normally consist of an extended and original piece of creative work and a shorter critical evaluation in which this creative work, and its contexts, are discussed and analysed.

The PhD will require you to develop your research skills and, to this end, you will be able to undertake a research skills audit and attend seminars and workshops on research methods in the first year. In this way, you will participate in training seminars across the field of arts, languages and cultures, which will develop useful research, teaching and IT skills. You will also attend seminars in relation to publication, authors' rights etc, which will be particularly useful to students of creative writing. Specialised research training, and a wider postgraduate research culture within which your work will develop, is given through a programme of writing workshop masterclasses in which students take it in turns to have their writing workshopped by the other Creative Writing PhD students, supervisors and visiting writers from outside the institution.

Different course options

Full time | The University of Manchester | 36 months | SEP

Study mode

Full time


36 months

Start date



A course introducing conventional academic style and rhetorical patterns, and encouraging a critical approach to reading and writing. The course will promote both autonomy and collaboration in learning and prepare you for the academic requirements of study at tertiary level.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students require either successful completion of a Master's programme in Creative Writing with an overall classification of Distinction (or its overseas equivalent), or a record of prior publication in the field of creative writing. A research proposal and a sample of your creative work must be included with the formal application materials