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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 2014 Research Excellence Framework – the government’s official measure of research capability –  ninety per cent of our English research was rated as being internationally excellent (3*) with respect to Impact. Overall, just over half of English research submitted (51%) was rated in the top two categories:  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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Why USW?

Postgraduate research students have the option to study full or part time, on campus or remotely. 

You will be assigned a supervisory team who has the expertise and experience to support you in your studies. Supervisors will help you to shape your research project, give feedback on work in progress and guide you to completion.

Throughout your doctorate, you will have opportunities to communicate your work and network with other researchers, internally and externally. Many of our students have the opportunity to gain teaching experience at the University and with schools through the Brilliant Club

You will also benefit from a programme of relevant skills development courses organised by the Graduate School which helps ensure that you are fully prepared for the demands of a Masters by Research or PhD.

You can find our tuition fees for postgraduate research here and more information on our Graduate School site. When you are ready to submit an application, this is how you do it and how it will be considered.



Postgraduate Research Students