PhD in Creative Writing

About the PhD in Creative Writing

The PhD in Creative Writing has two components: creative and critical. The relationship between these components will depend on individual research choices and should be addressed as part of the overall dissertation.

The first and main focus of the PhD will be a substantial, original piece of high quality creative work: a novel, a collection of short stories, a collection of poetry, a play script or screen play written specifically for the degree.

The second part of the PhD will consist of a critical discussion, based on a body of critical reading and reflection, exploring ideas, themes, concepts that have a relationship with the creative work being undertaken. This should be written in tandem with the creative practice. The choice of form for this part of the thesis will be at the discretion of the candidate, in consultation with the supervisor. Possibilities include explicit reflection on the creative process; the literary essay; the academic thesis.

Creative writing teaching opportunities at undergraduate level are offered to PhD candidates under the mentorship of Associate Director of Creative Writing, Ms Mary Morrissy.

To Apply

To be eligible for consideration to enter on a programme of study and research for the Degree of PhD, a candidate must normally have obtained a standard of at least Second Class Honours, Grade I, in a relevant Masters degree such as Creative Writing, English Literature or History. Candidates with a Second Class Honours, Grade 1 in a relevant primary degree and evidence of advanced writing experience  will also be considered.


If you wish to discuss further details concerning the PhD in Creative Writing, please contact Dr Eibhear Walshe: