MPhil in Writing

The Masters in Writing at the University of South Wales is tutored by significant writers; our graduates have published more than fifty books since 2010. This unique, flexible learning scheme offers the chance to develop your book-length manuscript under the expert guidance of University tutors and prize-winning writers.

Notable achievements of our MPhil in Writing graduates and current students include major literary awards – first prize in the Manchester Poetry Prize and the Troubadour International Poetry Prize (both 2015) and the Dundee International Book Prize (2014) as well as bursaries in England, Wales and the Irish Republic. Novels and poetry have been published by leading publishers including Bloodaxe, Canongate, Carcanet, Faber, Harper Collins and Heinemann. Guest writers at Masters residencies have included established names like Helen Dunmore, Andrew Davies and Michael Morpurgo, as well as new emerging talents and industry professionals.

What you will study

The MPhil in Writing course involves two elements – a writing project and a critical study based on research into published writers’ work. You will get academic guidance during the weekend residencies.

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Individual supervisions are decided in the application and interview process. After acceptance onto the course you will know who your main supervisor is. You will be assigned a second supervisor for input on particular aspects of the writing or the research. In workshops you will also have responses from other tutors and of course your fellow students.

The MPhil in Writing course team consists of permanent members of staff, all writers, editors or critics:

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This course is taught at: Treforest Campus, Pontypridd


  • Part Time 4 Years Start Date: Oct 2017
    • Part Time 4 Years Start Date: Oct 2018