Bath Spa University

PhD Program

Program Established: 
Bath, England
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
2-3 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
Application Deadline: 
Rolling Admissions
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Professor Gerard Woodward
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Lucy English, Carrie Etter, Tim Liardet, John Strachan, Samantha Walton, Gerard Woodward
Fiction: Gavin James Bower, Celia Brayfield, Alexia Casale, Lucy English, Nathan Filer, Aminatta Forna, Maggie Gee, Samantha Harvey, Philip Hensher, Steve Hollyman, Emma Hooper, Claire Kendal, Kate Pullinger, C.J. Skuse, Gerard Woodward
Nonfiction: Celia Brayfield, Richard Kerridge, Stephen Moss
Scriptwriting: Robin Mukherjee

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

There is no program funding available. South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW DTP) are now available to UK/EU and international applicants on the campus-based stream of the program.

Other Features: 

The PhD in Creative Writing Programme provides outstanding writers with intensive support to write a book-length manuscript (e.g. novel, short story collection, poems, playscript, narrative nonfiction, digital writing) accompanied by a piece of contextualizing research (20,000 words).

The majority of students complete the program in two to four years.

There is also a distance learning low residency stream of the program available for international applicants.


Tanvir Bush, Jonathan Carr, Lucy Christopher, Kylie Fitzpatrick, Aminatta Forna, Emma Geen, Melanie Golding, Carla Gracia Mercadé, Kate Harding, Jules Hardy, Samantha Harvey, Beatrice Hitchman, Louise Johncox, Nicole Mary Kelby, Nikita Lalwani, Daisy McNally, Jennifer Militello, Stephen Moss, Jo Nadin, Barbara Nicolosi, John O’Donoghue, Paul Pickering, Kristien Potgieter, Andrea Scarpino, Robert Sherman, Susan Smith Daniels, Ben Teasdale, Mimi Thebo, Jack Wolf, Gerard Woodward