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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    Clifton Campus

  • Study mode

    Distance / Online

  • Start date

    27-SEP-21, 24-JAN-22

  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

Programme overview

PhD: a research project undertaken across three years (full-time, plus a writing up period), culminating in an 80,000 word thesis/project (normally 50,000 words of creative work – often an extract from a longer project – and 30,000 words of a critical investigation). As well as having the option to audit taught units, there may be the potential for PhD students to teach units themselves from their second year of study onwards.

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.

This research degree is also available via distance learning.

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.

Application deadline

02 December 2020, 02 August 2021, 01 December 2021

Tuition fees

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£ 18,900per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Bristol

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    University of Bristol, Senate House, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol, Bristol, BS8 1TH, England

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