Creative Writing (DPhil, PhD)

University of Birmingham the United Kingdom

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The award
DPhil, PhD

How long you will study
6 - 7 Years

Domestic course fees
GBP 2090 per year

How you will study
part-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
find out

All study options

About Creative Writing at University of Birmingham

The PhD in Creative Writing aims to support you in the development of a long-form piece of creative writing (for example, a novel or a script), or a sequence of related works (poems and short stories). You will be working in an environment which supports and encourages the development of craft and participation within a community of writers and scholars.

You will outline, in detail, a specific creative project, for completion within 3 years (full-time), and will also be able to identify critical concerns and interests related to your creative practice.

The final submission is a document which is divided between the creative piece and a related critical document (the weightings are listed below).

PhD submission will usually entail: For prose: a creative document (50 - 80%) of either long-form prose/novel, or a collection of short-form prose/stories supported by a critical paper (20-50%) of a similar length to a critical literary PhD submission (around 80,000 to 100,000 words). For poetry: a creative document of collected poems or a single work with a developed critical thesis (around 50,000 words) For scriptwriting (for film and live performance): a single project or a collection of multiple shorts should be of comparable length and commitment as the prose element, with a critical element between 20-50% of the overall submission. Other creative formats (for example a script for a graphic novel) will follow the poetry or prose model, with a 20-50% split for the critical element. The submission will be of publishable quality (meaning both elements, creative and critical, will be ready for submission to an editor / agent). The creative and critical elements will entail considered independent research and development. The creative document will be original work of significant, publishable quality which demonstrates an understanding of craft, genre, and form. The critical document will present a structured and developed argument which demonstrates an awareness of context, and discuss, where relevant, critical and creative processes.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardDPhil, PhDHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study6 - 7 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 2090 per yearInternational course fees find out
  • The awardDPhil, PhDHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 - 4 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 4180 per yearInternational course feesGBP 15210 per year

Entry requirements

Students will need to demonstrate that they have a good level of written and spoken English and they can demonstrate their level of English with IELTS/TOEFL/PTE or alternative qualifications.

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