Creative Writing PhD

Major code: ELCW


Applications are invited for a PhD in Creative Writing, with an emphasis on critical and creative writing, especially in the area of poetry and/or poetics, and international poetics in translation.  Interdisciplinary projects are especially encouraged e.g. poetry and film, poetry and landscape, poetry and health and well-being, poetry and the intersection with types of virtual reality.


Creative Writing PhD Handbook 2017-18

Key Facts

English in the world
We have a strong role to play in the cultural life of the city, and our students can engage in local organisations and communities through reading groups and placements, partly through our links with The Reader Organisation. In 2010-11 the School of English launched a collaborative project with the Everyman and Playhouse Theatres. In addition to the experience and practical knowledge this gives to our students, these historic Liverpool theatres are now able to partake of the academic expertise and world-leading research of academics in the School of English.

Why English?

Excellent research and teaching

The School of English has an outstanding international reputation. In the latest Research Assessment Exercises two-thirds of our research activity was in the highest classes of “world leading” or “internationally excellent” with the remainder being classified as “internationally regarded (2008), and we were ranked at the highest achievable level (5**) in 2001. Students will benefit from this strong research-led teaching covering a wide and continuous range of writing which equips students with the critical and communication skills and the capacity for adaptable intelligence which are in demand in all areas of modern life. In the 2010 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey, 100% of respondents agreed our courses met or exceeded expectations.

Strong Postgraduate community

With over 150 taught and research students from all over the world you will be part of a genuine international community. You will be able to participate in our lively research culture attending regular seminars and lectures by guest speakers as well as our own staff and students. Our graduate students organise successful conferences too, with participants and speakers from home and abroad, most recently Current Research in Speculative Fiction (June 2011), and ‘Crossing the Lines: Affinities Before and After 1900’ (January 2010), which attracted AHRC funding . As a doctoral student you can participate in the optional English Graduate Teaching Programme , which allows doctoral students to get the best of the teaching opportunities available without making significant demands on their time.