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Creative Writing (PhD)

2022-23 (also available for 2023-24)

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

Start date

19 September 2022

16 January 2023

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 October 2022

10 June 2022 for International and Scholarship students

1 July 2022 for Home students

For January 2023

21 October 2022 for International and Scholarship students

18 November 2022 for Home students

For April 2023

27 January 2023 for International and Scholarship students

24 February 2023 for Home students

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.

My debut novel, King Crow, was published in 2011 by Bluemoose Books and won the Guardian’s Not-the-Booker Award. My latest novel, Ill Will: The Untold Story of Heathcliff, is published by HarperCollins and optioned by Kudos Films. Walking the Invisible, a hybrid memoir about the Brontës’ lives and landscapes, was published by HarperCollins in 2021. My short fiction has been published in magazines and anthologies. I've written for TV, stage and radio. My BBC Radio 4 drama Excluded was shortlisted for the Imison Award. I have won the BBC Alfred Bradley Bursary Award, the H.E. Bates Short Story prize and the BBC Short Range film competition. I created the Brontë Stones project, four monumental stones situated in the landscape between the birthplace and the parsonage, inscribed with poems by Kate Bush, Carol Ann Duffy, Jeannette Winterson and Jackie Kay.

Promotional Image of Dr Michael Stewart, leant against wall.

Dr Michael Stewart, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

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:

  • Lifewriting, including literary biography
  • Scriptwriting
  • Short fiction
  • The gothic novel
  • The literary 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.

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.

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/]

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

When you are offered a place on a research degree, your offer will include confirmation of your supervisory team, and the topic you will be researching.

Whilst the University will use reasonable efforts to ensure your supervisory team remains the same, sometimes it may be necessary to make changes to your team for reasons outside the University’s control, for example if your supervisor leaves the University, or suffers from long term illness. Where this is the case, we will discuss these difficulties with you and seek to either put in place a new supervisory team, or help you to transfer to another research facility, in accordance with our Student Protection Plan.

Changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, for example the University being unable to access its buildings due to fire, flood or pandemic, or the University no longer being able to provide specialist equipment. Where this is the case, we will discuss these issues with you and agree any necessary changes.

Your research project is likely to evolve as you work on it and these minor changes are a natural and expected part of your study. However, we may need to make more significant changes to your topic of research during the course of your studies, either because your area of interest has changed, or because for reasons outside the University’s control we can no longer support your research. If this is the case, we will discuss any changes in topic with you and agree these in writing. If you are an international student, changing topics may affect your visa or ATAS clearance and if this is the case we will discuss this with you before any changes are agreed.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by the University’s Terms and Conditions and a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, along with the Student Protection Plan, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

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

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