Bath Spa University's Creative Writing PhD has a reputation as one of the country's leading Creative Writing PhD programmes. Students are taught by teams of literary scholars and published creative writers with expertise in most areas of prose, poetry, fiction, narrative non-fiction and scriptwriting.
The PhD in Creative Writing combines a proposed manuscript (fiction, poems or playscript) with an element of supporting or contextualising research. The proposed manuscript will be volume length (the natural length of a book, whether poetry or story collection, novel, or playscript). The supporting research will be 20,000 words.
We receive a large number of applications for the PhD in Creative Writing, and are extremely selective in our recruitment. Criteria for selection include the viability of the research and creative writing proposal, the strength of the creative writing sample, the applicant's academic and creative writing experience, and the ability of the School to support the applicant with appropriate supervision and resources. Applicants for this programme will normally hold a first or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent), as well as an MA with Distinction (or comparable achievement).
Our Creative Writing PhD students come from a variety of academic backgrounds, nationalities, and writing experiences, but what successful applicants have in common is enormous writing talent and potential, and the commitment and ability to engage critically with the processes and techniques they employ.