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The award
PhD

How long you will study
3 years

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How you will study
full-time

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About Creative Writing at Swansea University

Course Overview

Swansea's Creative Writing research programme offers a choice from a spectrum of skills and a research dialogue across genres, from poetry and fiction to dramaturgy and screenwriting. We are a closely bonded community of writers, each research student being supervised by a specialist writer-teacher. One-to-one meetings take place every 3-4 weeks, or at the student's request. The corpus of research students meets in monthly staff-student Creative Writing Methodology Workshops.

The Swansea Writing Programme offers its graduate writers an apprenticeship, with the precious time to dedicate oneself to learning a craft which, for all its mysteriousness, works according to techniques and rules which may only be creatively broken when they have been thoroughly understood. Swansea is especially proud of the intellectual rigour of its programme and research culture. Our team includes teacher-writers of world class stature and long experience.

Your project must be worked out in consultation with your supervisors. It is a good idea to enter discussions before applying and to draw up an initial proposal together (see contact details under 'How to Apply'.   However, all good topics develop over the course of your reading and supervisions and it is likely that your project will gradually gain definition and focus. At the end of your first nine months you present excerpts from the creative work, synopsis, bibliography and table of contents, plus a list of training courses, workshops and events attended, to a progression panel which makes recommendations for your future direction. 

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Notes about fees for this course

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International Ph.D. Full-time £4,280 £14,100 Ph.D. Part-time £2,140 £7,050 M.Phil. Full-time £4,280 £14,100 M.Phil. Part-time £2,140 £7,050

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

Note: The UK/EU fee is indicative pending confirmation from RCUK

If your course starts in January, April or July 2018 please refer to the 2017/18 fee costs on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Entry requirements

PhD- A Master's in Creative Writing is desirable, but we are flexible on this: a Master's in some other subject, or a 2.1 degree with publications, will be satisfactory. We accord great weight to the quality of the writing sample you send us: a couple of chapters of a novel, a succinct collection of short stories or poems; scenes from a drama script. This portfolio may be sent by email attachment to the Research Director at Stephanie.davies@swansea.ac.uk, before applying, if you would like to explore possibilities. In the case of British-based students, our conversation would include an informal interview. International applicants should have a minimum IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent. 

If you hold a qualification from a non-UK institution please see our academic entry requirements for International qualifications (non-EU) and EU qualifications (non UK).  If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification to make sure you get the full benefit from studying at Swansea. We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the Swansea University English Test, the British Council IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 and 6.5 in each component). A full list of acceptable English Language tests can be found at: www.swansea.ac.uk/english-tests

Applicants to this programme would normally be expected to meet the minimum entry requirements indicated above. The College/School reserves the right to ask for higher academic grades and qualifications. Admissions decisions take into account not only prior academic qualifications, but also factors including the standard of the research synopsis/proposal submitted by the applicant, their performance at interview (if required), intensity of competition for limited places and relevant professional experience (where appropriate).

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