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The Masters in Writing at the University of South Wales is tutored by publishing 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 Bloomsbury, Bloodaxe, Canongate, Carcanet, Faber, Harper Collins and Heinemann. Guest writers at Masters residencies have included established names like Helen Dunmore, Andrew Davies, Jasper Fforde, Gwyneth Lewis 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 professional proposal for publishers / agents. You will receive detailed feedback from tutors and peers, advice, and professional guidance during the weekend residencies.


There will be a cohort of six to eight students in each year. You will need to spend about eighteen hours studying and writing per week and will be assigned a personal supervisor who will guide and direct your progress by distance learning, using e-mail, phone or post as appropriate. Previous students have been based in the UK, the USA and continental Europe. Each year, you need to attend three one-day writing residencies at the University. These take place on Saturdays in October, December and March, and include intensive workshops and personal tutorials. Between your first and second year of study, you will also take part in a three or four-day retreat at Ty Newydd in North Wales. This will be attended by a guest writer or representative of the publishing industry. Ty Newydd – the last home of Lloyd George – is situated on the beautiful Llyn Peninsula at the edge of Snowdonia National Park.

Additional Costs

The course fees include all tuition at and in between the residencies.

Students are responsible for arranging and covering their own accommodation costs for residencies; both near the University for the three weekend residencies, and for the summer residency at Ty Newydd. Full board and lodging for the summer residency is offered by Ty Newydd at highly favourable rates.


Your writing project will be a book-length manuscript and may be a novel, short stories or poetry. As is usual for research degrees, the final assessment will be by oral examination of your written submission by two impartial examiners, one from inside the University, and one from outside (i.e. no one who has taught you on the course), hosted by an independent Chair. Your final submission can be submitted up to four years from your enrolment date.


Graduates can become published writers in their chosen medium or find work as critics, journalists or writing educators. The MPhil also offers a valuable qualification for those wishing to enhance their career prospects in publishing, editing and teaching.

Visit the MPhil in Writing page on the University of South Wales website for more details!