Department of English Studies | PhD Creative Writing 36 months PHD Program By Durham University |Top Universities
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Program overview

Main Subject

English Language and Literature

Degree

PhD

Study Level

PHD

Study Mode

On Campus

PhD Creative Writing at Durham University

[email protected]


It is expected that most Creative Writing PhDs at Durham will have a 50:50 weighting between a Creative Portfolio and a Literary-Critical Dissertation; however, this ratio is negotiable as particular projects may require a different weighting, or the emphasis may change after the completion of initial research.


During your three years of supervision you will produce a complete and coherent creative writing project in your chosen form, plus a literary-critical dissertation of a high academic standard. The nature and form of the creative project will vary from student to student and the literary-critical dissertation may focus on any writer(s), and/or aspect(s) of Creative Literature and/or Theoretical Writing. It is expected that the literary-critical dissertation will be informed by your personal creative practice and process, but will not focus on it primarily. The creative and critical elements of your thesis should be viewed as complementary, in dialogue with one another and forming a coherent whole that you will be asked to defend at the viva (oral examination) after submission.


The research interests of the Creative Writing team within the Department of English Studies lie in a broad range of Nineteenth, Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Writing from English-language traditions and from Literature in English-language translation. We welcome CW PhDs in Poetry, The Short Story, Innovative Fiction, Narrative Non-Fiction, Memoir & Life-Writing and Hybrid Forms of Writing (the Lyric Essay, Autofiction, Conceptual Poetry). Recent publications by members of the Creative Writing team include works exploring Identity & Self-Expression; Affect in Writing, including Manifestations of Shame in Contemporary Poetry; Feminist Writing & Theory; Activist Texts; Musicality & Orality in Poetry; Form in Performance & Form on the Page; Race & Lyric Subjectivity; Hip Hop Studies; Elegy; Epistolary Writing; Uncreative Writing, Repurposing & Appropriation.


Creative Writing at Durham University is housed in the Department of English Studies, which usually has about 75 PhD students at any one time. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 90% of the Department’s research activity was judged to be ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent.’. The research expertise of the Department of English Studies includes the Reception of Classical Texts; Medieval Literature & Culture; Renaissance Literature; Eighteenth & Nineteenth-Century English Literature; Romantic Poetry, Fiction, Political Writing & Aesthetic Theory; Victorian Fin-de-Siècle & Edwardian Writing; Postmodernism, Literary Hermeneutics and Ideas of Authorship.


  • You will be assigned principal and secondary supervisors with whom you will work out your research programme. We will be pleased to discuss your interests with you before you apply;
  • You will be expected to meet with one of your supervisors every two weeks in term-time and every month out-of-term;
  • Within eight months of your start date (or within sixteen months for part-time students) you will produce a piece of critical writing of 3,000 words, plus a portfolio of creative writing (3,000 words of prose, or six pages of poetry) which will be read by members of staff other than your supervisor(s) as a check on progress;
  • Each July you will submit a joint annual progress report with your supervisor(s);
  • You will submit either a PhD thesis (consisting of a portfolio of creative work of up to either 50,000 words of prose or 2,000 lines of poetry, plus a critical dissertation of up to 50,000 words) or an MLitt thesis (consisting of a portfolio of creative work of up to either 35,000 words of prose or 1,400 lines of poetry, plus a critical dissertation of up to 35,000 words);
  • You will be examined by an internal and external examiner after you have submitted your thesis.


The Department’s reputation for the quality and intellectual rigour of its teaching means students are in possession of skills and experience that are much sought after by potential employers around the world.


Our postgraduates are equipped with highly transferable skills and the ability to analyse, assess and communicate knowledge effectively. Many choose to take these newly acquired abilities into professional roles in sectors including arts and theatre management, broadcasting, publishing and journalism, business, accounting, marketing and advertising, teaching, higher education, law, third sector and government positions. Others choose to continue their academic study at a higher level.


Durham University: Inspiring the Extraordinary

We believe that inspiring our people to do outstanding things at Durham enables Durham people to do outstanding things in the world.

A globally outstanding centre of teaching and research excellence, a collegiate community of extraordinary people, a unique and historic setting - Durham is a university like no other!

Program overview

Main Subject

English Language and Literature

Degree

PhD

Study Level

PHD

Study Mode

On Campus

PhD Creative Writing at Durham University

[email protected]


It is expected that most Creative Writing PhDs at Durham will have a 50:50 weighting between a Creative Portfolio and a Literary-Critical Dissertation; however, this ratio is negotiable as particular projects may require a different weighting, or the emphasis may change after the completion of initial research.


During your three years of supervision you will produce a complete and coherent creative writing project in your chosen form, plus a literary-critical dissertation of a high academic standard. The nature and form of the creative project will vary from student to student and the literary-critical dissertation may focus on any writer(s), and/or aspect(s) of Creative Literature and/or Theoretical Writing. It is expected that the literary-critical dissertation will be informed by your personal creative practice and process, but will not focus on it primarily. The creative and critical elements of your thesis should be viewed as complementary, in dialogue with one another and forming a coherent whole that you will be asked to defend at the viva (oral examination) after submission.


The research interests of the Creative Writing team within the Department of English Studies lie in a broad range of Nineteenth, Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Writing from English-language traditions and from Literature in English-language translation. We welcome CW PhDs in Poetry, The Short Story, Innovative Fiction, Narrative Non-Fiction, Memoir & Life-Writing and Hybrid Forms of Writing (the Lyric Essay, Autofiction, Conceptual Poetry). Recent publications by members of the Creative Writing team include works exploring Identity & Self-Expression; Affect in Writing, including Manifestations of Shame in Contemporary Poetry; Feminist Writing & Theory; Activist Texts; Musicality & Orality in Poetry; Form in Performance & Form on the Page; Race & Lyric Subjectivity; Hip Hop Studies; Elegy; Epistolary Writing; Uncreative Writing, Repurposing & Appropriation.


Creative Writing at Durham University is housed in the Department of English Studies, which usually has about 75 PhD students at any one time. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 90% of the Department’s research activity was judged to be ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent.’. The research expertise of the Department of English Studies includes the Reception of Classical Texts; Medieval Literature & Culture; Renaissance Literature; Eighteenth & Nineteenth-Century English Literature; Romantic Poetry, Fiction, Political Writing & Aesthetic Theory; Victorian Fin-de-Siècle & Edwardian Writing; Postmodernism, Literary Hermeneutics and Ideas of Authorship.


  • You will be assigned principal and secondary supervisors with whom you will work out your research programme. We will be pleased to discuss your interests with you before you apply;
  • You will be expected to meet with one of your supervisors every two weeks in term-time and every month out-of-term;
  • Within eight months of your start date (or within sixteen months for part-time students) you will produce a piece of critical writing of 3,000 words, plus a portfolio of creative writing (3,000 words of prose, or six pages of poetry) which will be read by members of staff other than your supervisor(s) as a check on progress;
  • Each July you will submit a joint annual progress report with your supervisor(s);
  • You will submit either a PhD thesis (consisting of a portfolio of creative work of up to either 50,000 words of prose or 2,000 lines of poetry, plus a critical dissertation of up to 50,000 words) or an MLitt thesis (consisting of a portfolio of creative work of up to either 35,000 words of prose or 1,400 lines of poetry, plus a critical dissertation of up to 35,000 words);
  • You will be examined by an internal and external examiner after you have submitted your thesis.


The Department’s reputation for the quality and intellectual rigour of its teaching means students are in possession of skills and experience that are much sought after by potential employers around the world.


Our postgraduates are equipped with highly transferable skills and the ability to analyse, assess and communicate knowledge effectively. Many choose to take these newly acquired abilities into professional roles in sectors including arts and theatre management, broadcasting, publishing and journalism, business, accounting, marketing and advertising, teaching, higher education, law, third sector and government positions. Others choose to continue their academic study at a higher level.


Durham University: Inspiring the Extraordinary

We believe that inspiring our people to do outstanding things at Durham enables Durham people to do outstanding things in the world.

A globally outstanding centre of teaching and research excellence, a collegiate community of extraordinary people, a unique and historic setting - Durham is a university like no other!

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3 Years
Sep-2024

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Durham University is a globally outstanding centre of teaching, learning and research excellence, a collegiate community of extraordinary people, in a unique and historic setting. Durham is a university like no other!

We conduct innovative and impactful research to transform lives and make a difference globally and locally: research to empower and inspire.

We offer a broad range of courses. Our degree programmes are informed by research undertaken by our high-calibre staff in partnership with policymakers, industry, the public sector and communities globally.
 
Alongside the outstanding education we offer to students, we believe that participating in every aspect of university life is fundamental. The deep affinities created by each of our 17 Colleges ensure that we always have a sense of community at the heart of all we do.

Durham's four Faculties offer a host of Undergraduate courses covering a variety of subject disciplines:

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  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Social Sciences & Health

Opportunities for multidisciplinary studies are also available through the Department of Natural Sciences, Department of Liberal Arts or the Department of Combined Honours in Social Sciences.

Please visit the Durham University website (www.durham.ac.uk) for the full available suite of Undergraduate programmes.

Durham University: Inspiring the Extraordinary

Durham University is a globally outstanding centre of teaching, learning and research excellence, a collegiate community of extraordinary people, in a unique and historic setting. Durham is a university like no other!

We conduct innovative and impactful research to transform lives and make a difference globally and locally: research to empower and inspire.

We offer a broad range of courses. Our degree programmes are informed by research undertaken by our high-calibre staff in partnership with policymakers, industry, the public sector and communities globally.
 
Alongside the outstanding education we offer to students, we believe that participating in every aspect of university life is fundamental. The deep affinities created by each of our 17 Colleges ensure that we always have a sense of community at the heart of all we do.

Durham's four Faculties offer a host of Masters/Postgraduate Taught courses covering a variety of subject disciplines:

  • Durham University Business School
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Social Sciences & Health

Please visit the Durham University website (www.durham.ac.uk) for the full available suite of Masters/Postgraduate Taught programmes.

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