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Creative and Critical Writing

  Cardiff School of Welsh

 Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

About the Programme

This unique PhD pathway offers students the opportunity to produce an original piece or collection of creative work as well as a thorough analysis of the work. The creative element can include prose (novel, short story, creative non-fiction or play/film script) or poetry.

The programme includes a compulsory critical element. Students are asked to apply the original creative work to broader critical and cultural contexts as well as evaluating the work’s conceptual and theoretical contribution.

 Please note that this PhD pathway is only available through the medium of Welsh.

Programme Aims

To help students to nurture creative and critical skills

To offer knowledge and expertise for a career in the arts, media, government, teaching, management and research. Our School provides training and a high level of support, and the postgraduate community makes a vital contribution to the University's international reputation for research.

 Distinctive Features

The opportunity to produce a piece or collection of original creative work as well as a thorough critical analysis of the work.

Annual series of research seminars and conferences.

Opportunities to teach in the School and the Welsh Language Teaching Centre (Welsh for Adults).

Close links with practitioners and national institutions.


Our staff research interests include Medieval prose and poetry, the craft of storytelling, folk literature and legends, historiography and literature, the hymn and the ballad, women’s studies, literary theory and criticism, children’s literature, and various aspects of contemporary literature.

A recent example of a PhD project was Iaith y Ddrama / Drama'r Iaith [The Language of Drama / The Drama of the Language]: Critical and Creative PhD submitted by Ceri Elen Morris. Ceri Elen examined to what extent linguistic challenges were a phenomenon in writing drama for Welsh language theatre and television. She produced a thorough analysis to answer this question, and responded to the conclusions through creative work.


Skills developed:

Advanced subject knowledge and expertise

Advanced research skills (theory and application)

Self-management and motivation

Analytical and critical thinking

Research dissemination and engagement


This programme is assessed based on the research outcome produced through submission of a thesis and viva voce.

For PhD in Creative and Critical Writing, the submission will take one of the following forms:

in the case of prose (novel, short story, work of creative non-fiction or play/film script), the creative portion and critical commentary together should not exceed 100,000 words. The critical commentary shall comprise no less than 20,000 words.

in the case of poetry, a collection of poetry, prose poetry or micro-fiction, the creative portion should amount to around 60 pages, with an accompanying critical commentary of no less than 20,000 words.

an integrated Creative/Critical submission of no more than 100,000 words.

An MPhil Creative and Critical Writing is not provided.

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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