Creative Writing (PhD)

2021-22 (also available for 2020-21)

This course is eligible for Doctoral loan funding. Find out more.

Start date

21 September 2020

11 January 2021

Duration

The maximum duration for a full-time PhD is 3 years (36 months) or part-time is 6 years (72 months) with an optional submission pending (writing up period) of 12 months.

Sometimes it may be possible to mix periods of both full-time and part-time study.

If studying on a part-time basis, you must establish close links with the University and spend normally not less than an average of 10 working days per year in the university, excluding participation in activities associated with enrolment, re-registration and progression monitoring. You are also expected to dedicate 17.5 hours per week to the research.

Application deadlines

For PGR start date January 2021

20 November 2020

For PGR start date April 2021

26 February 2021

For PGR start date July 2021

11 June 2021

For PGR start date September 2021

02 July 2021

About the research degree

A PhD is the highest academic award for which a student can be registered. This programme allows you to pursue a research project that combines the creative and the critical, and which shows evidence of an original contribution to knowledge.

A full-time PhD is a three-year programme of research and culminates in the production of a large-scale piece of written work in the form of a research thesis that should not normally exceed 80,000 words.

A PhD is an exciting opportunity to develop an independent creative idea and situate this within a critical and/or contextual framework, all with the support of well-qualified staff who are published authors themselves.

You'll be expected to work to an approved programme of research which you will develop in conjunction with your supervisor within the first few months of starting your studies.

Your main supervisor will normally head a supervisory team which will comprise up to three members. The research supervisor will take the lead in advising you and supporting you as you work on your project.

Whilst undertaking the research project you will develop your research skills by taking part in postgraduate skills workshops and attending research seminars and other events.

You will also have the opportunity to present your research to your peers, including at the subject area’s postgraduate conference. You’ll be part of an active and exciting research community in English Literature and Creative Writing at Huddersfield and, increasingly as your studies progress, become a member of a wider, external community of scholars/writers in your field.

As a professor of contemporary poetry, my research focuses on post-war Irish, British and American poetry, and the history of transatlantic poetry networks. I have a strong interest in Northern Irish poetry and the work of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. In 2020, Knopf will publish my literary biography of Plath, while ‘Sylvia Plath: A Very Short Introduction’ is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. Huddersfield is one of the best places in the UK to study poetry: here, postgraduate students are part of an internationally renowned research community and benefit from two world-class poetry centres, the Ted Hughes Network and the new Centre for International Contemporary Poetry.

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Professor Heather Clark, Professor of Contemporary Poetry

Entry requirements

The normal level of attainment required for entry is:

  • a Master's degree from a UK University or equivalent, in a discipline appropriate to the proposed programme to be followed, or
  • an upper second-class honours degree (2:1) from a UK university in a discipline appropriate to that of the proposed programme to be followed, or
  • appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level, which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 7.0 overall with no element lower than 6.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

What can I research?

Our staff have expertise in a range of genres and styles. We welcome applications from students interested in areas such as:

  • Scriptwriting
  • Short fiction
  • The experimental novel
  • The composite novel
  • The post-pastoral
  • Working Class Fiction
  • Poetry and social engagement
  • Poetry and place
  • Epic poetry

To find out more about the research we conduct, take a look at our Research, Innovation and Skills webpages, where you will find information on each research area. To find out about our staff visit ‘Our staff’ which features profiles of all our academic staff.

You will need to complete a proposal outlining your research project and when this is submitted along with your research degree application form we will match you with academics within the University who have the expertise and knowledge to supervise you and guide you through your research degree. You are encouraged to contact members of staff working in your area of interest prior to submitting an application.

Researcher Environment

The University of Huddersfield has a thriving research community made up of over 1,350 postgraduate research students. We have students studying on a part-time and full-time basis from all over the world with around 43% from overseas and 57% from the UK.

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through undertaking research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills which are current and relevant to your specialist area.

[Find out more about our research staff and centres|http://www.hud.ac.uk/research/]

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Important information

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The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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