Course Overview

We offer practice based postgraduate study in Creative Writing and host a thriving international and transcultural constituency of PhD students working across a range of literary genres and research projects.

Our pioneering virtual learning and research facilities have enabled the PhD by distance learning from overseas – and facilitated ‘blended’ learning on campus – bringing together students working in English from all over the world to share creative work and critical readings.

We have particular supervisory strengths in contemporary poetry, long fiction, short fiction and research that explores cultural tensions and synergies.

This creative, critical and transcultural nexus, together with the expertise of supervising staff, has created a vibrant and successful programme, resulting in publishing success for our students.

Former doctoral students include Alison MacLeod, Andrew Miller and Siri Reynolds whose doctoral novels The Changeling (Macmillan), Ingenious Pain (Sceptre), House of Rooms (Polygon) were all published to wide acclaim. Poems from Nigel McLoughlin’s doctoral study form the basis of his recently published Bluechrome Press Collection, Blood, and Picador publishes Raymond Robinson’s novel, Electricity. Wigestrand published Ren Powell’s poetry book An Elastic State of Mind and Bantam Press published George Green’s novel, Hound.