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Creative and Critical Writing


  Cardiff School of Welsh


About the Programme

This 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.

This PhD is lead by the Literature, Theory and Creativity Research Unit in the School of Welsh.

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. The programme’s distinctive features include close links with practitioners and national institutions in the field of creative and critical writing. For a PhD submission in the Creative and Critical Writing pathway, the body of work submitted by the student 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.

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


Funding Notes

We are part of the AHRC-funded South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership which means that prospective students may be eligible to apply for scholarships in the field of Celtic Studies.

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