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Postgraduate research

English at USW currently offers two postgraduate research degrees: the MPhil in Writing and 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 program 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.

Masters 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. 

Specialist supervision is also available for doctoral research in both literature and creative writing and TESOL. 

You can also undertake a PhD in one of our areas of expertise. If you have an existing body of work, a PhD by Portfolio could be the route for you. At undergraduate level, we offer the BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing
 and BA (Hons) English.

World-class expertise 

English at the University of South Wales is one of the University’s most successful research areas.

In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework - the government’s official measure of research capability - 79% of our research outputs were rated as being world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*). Half our research was rated as being world-leading with respect to Impact. Overall, 66% of all English research submitted was judged to be world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*).

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Creative writing and critical-creative writing, including poetry, fiction and non-fiction
  • Welsh writing in English, women’s writing, contemporary poetry, historical fiction, the Gothic, postcolonial writing
  • TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) 

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