Study Opportunities

Undergraduate English degrees

BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing
BA (Hons) English
BA (Hons) Professional Welsh with English

Postgraduate English degrees

English at USW currently offers two taught research degrees, the MPhil in Creative Writing and an MA in Literature, Culture and Society, as well as the MA English by Research. These can provide an entry into further study at PhD level with supervision by a specialist in an appropriate field.

The MPhil in Writing
is a long-established and distinctive programme that combines the one-to-one supervision of a research degree with a strong peer workshopping culture built through weekend residencies.

Students pursue book-length projects in fiction, poetry or creative nonfiction, alongside critical research geared to support and deepen their creative work. In recent years students have been encouraged to consider taking this work forward to PhD level and the first graduations from this pathway are now taking place.

MA by Research provides an opportunity for students at MA level to develop an independent research project leading to a dissertation. The project will be supervised by a specialist in the field and supported by attendance at two core English research modules which provide training in research methods and critical skills.

Specialist supervision is also available for doctoral research in both literature and creative writing. See staff profiles for the areas of expertise within which we welcome applications. You can find out more at our next Postgraduate Open Evening where you can talk to the lecturers and discuss fees and finance.


Current PhD research in English includes

Jayne Bowden

Jayne, a Glamorgan Centenary Scholar, is researching The Life and Work of Elisabeth Inglis-Jones (1900 – 1994).

Elisabeth Inglis-Jones was a prolific writer of Welsh Anglophone fiction and a biographer with a passion for Gothic architecture. Her novels, often depicting life within the Anglo-Welsh squirearchy, are now long out of print but were generally well received. Jayne’s research examines issues of gender and identity within her novels, and the influence of history and hiraeth in all of her work.

Bethan Coombs
Bethan is researching the use of Welsh myth, fairy tales and folklore in writing by Welsh women in English.

Peter Vokes
AHRC-funded Peter is researching the role of the literary 'Classic’ in modern Welsh society.

Whyt Pugh
Whyt’s research is an investigation into the permeability of perceived borders and the cyclical nature of thought within early Irish and Welsh myth through utilisation of the primary boundary of the body as a microcosm.

Creative Writing

Sarah Broughton
Sarah is writing a biography of Anna Kashfi, film star and wife of Marlon Brando, whose life raises questions about imposture and identity.

Rosemary Shepperd
Rosemary is accompanying the development of her own prize-winning poetry with a study of unexplored aspects of the poetry of Raymond Carver.

Barry McAuley
Barry is writing novels from contemporary Northern Ireland, while researching representations of pre-Troubles Northern Ireland in novels before and after 1968.

At the same time, widely published and critically acclaimed writers such as novelist Tom Bullough and poet Paul Henry are exploring and articulating issues raised by their own work by studying for the PhD by Publication, with supervision from the writer-academics on our staff.