An undergraduate degree course comprises 360 credits. If you are studying full-time, you will normally complete these credits over a 3 year period. If you are studying part-time, you will complete these over a longer period, usually 6 years.
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A good Honours degree (2:1 or above) in an arts subject. However, we consider it more important that you can demonstrate the clear and imaginative potential to complete a book.
All applicants for the MPhil Writing must submit an application form accompanied by a research proposal to the Faculty’s Research Application Panel (RAP). For further information please visit our research degrees pages.
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. The Masters in Writing at the University of South Wales is tutored by significant writers and our graduates have produced more than forty books
Notable achievements of our graduates are winners of poetry and short story competitions – the Cardiff International Prize, the Bridport Prize, bursaries in England and Wales, plus novels and poetry published internationally by Oxford, Headline, Canongate, Flamingo etc. Guest writers at Masters residencies have included Helen Dunmore, Dannie Abse, Andrew Davies, Les Murray and Michael Morpurgo.
This MPhil in Writing brochure provides an overview of information that applicants will find useful when making the decision to apply.
MPhil in Writing Brochure (PDF, 4.64MB)
The course involves two elements – a critical writing study and a writing project, supported by a journal of learning and self-assessment. You will get academic guidance during the University residencies.
There will be a cohort of eight students in each year. You will need to spend about 18 hours studying and writing per week and will be assigned a personal tutor who will guide and direct your progress by distance learning means, using e-mail, phone or post as appropriate. Each year, you need to attend three, two day writing residencies at the University (Friday and Saturday). These sessions include workshops, tutorials for your critical study, personal tutorials with writing and academic staff, and visits by publishers and editors. Previous students have been based in the UK, the USA and continental Europe. You will also have the chance to take part in a five-day writers’ week at Ty Newydd in North Wales, the last home of Lloyd George, situated on the Llyn Peninsula on the edge of Snowdonia National Park. You can submit both elements of your work up to four years from your enrolment date.
Your writing project will be a book-length manuscript and may be a novel, short stories or poetry. The critical study, of around 10,000 words, may be on any writer, movement, genre or theme relevant to your creative project, as agreed with the Director of Studies.
“The MPhil was a fantastic experience. I’d urge anybody who is offered the chance to enrol on the course: grab the opportunity with both hands. The structure, the rolling 10 or 12-week deadlines, the workshops, the support from tutors and fellow students − all were invaluable. Pocket Notebook was forged on the University of South Wales campus and the MPhil changed my life.”
Mike Thomas, MPhil Writing alumnus, author of Pocket Notebook