English Literature

PhD in Creative Writing

The PhD in Creative Writing provides the capstone to the postgraduate Creative Writing programme at Edinburgh, offering students graduating from the MSc in Creative Writing an opportunity to undertake work at a higher level, aimed towards the production of a substantial, publishable piece of creative writing, accompanied by a sustained exercise in critical study.

Assessment and supervision

The PhD in Creative Writing is examined via a portfolio of writing which would normally include a substantial piece or pieces of creative work of circa 75,000 words of creative prose, 75 pages of verse, or three hours performance-time of dramatic composition (the equivalent of a full-length play), plus an extended critical essay of circa 25,000 words reflecting on the work’s aims and context(s). The balance between the creative and critical elements should be around 75% / 25%.

The Writers Museum sign against a blue sky

The resources of the English Literature department at Edinburgh, coupled with the undoubted attractions of the UNESCO city of Literature, offer an attractive environment in which students can study for an advanced research degree in Creative Writing. The creative writing team includes a number of well-published and prize-winning writers in the central genres of poetry, prose fiction, and drama. The well established MSc programme also provides a supportive infrastructure for advanced study and a critical mass of postgraduate students sufficient to sustain a thriving research culture.

Entry requirements

Entry to the PhD in Creative Writing normally requires a good mark in a Masters degree in Creative Writing.

How to apply

You can apply online for this PhD.

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Frequently asked questions

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