Masters by Research or PhD Creative Writing (Postgraduate)

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Full-Time or Part-Time


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Conduct your own unique piece of research in an area of interest or one related to your career. Benefit from academic supervisors with extensive experience in contemporary writing. Topics include contemporary poetry and poetics; novel writing and short story writing; drama, radio and screenwriting; hybrid writing; transgressive writing; and the creative process. Produce a thesis with ground-breaking and original text of publishable standard. Produce complementary discourse which contextualises its rich critical and creative aspects.Access well-known writers through our close links with the Cheltenham Poetry Festival and Cheltenham Festival of Literature. Strengthen your research through our sponsorship of the annual Laurie Lee Memorial Lecture in tribute to this famous Gloucestershire writer. Immerse yourself in the vibrant cultural and literary scene in the county which strengthens research projects. This includes the Dymock Poets Archive and Study Centre which is fertile with manuscripts, first editions and other materials relating to Robert Frost, Lascelles Abercrombie, Edward Thomas, Rupert Brooke, Wilfred Gibson and Eleanor Farjeon. The library also includes a wide selection of contemporary writing and creative writing journals.

As well as research students at MA and PhD levels, there is a very strong taught MA programme in Creative and Critical Writing. This provides a healthy and diverse postgraduate community of dedicated and talented writers.

Interdisciplinary studyWe offer opportunities for interdisciplinary research within humanities and across the university. Our system of using a supervisory team, as opposed to an individual supervisor, makes this mode of study particularly appropriate. Applications for Interdisciplinary Research Degrees in Creative Writing and in other areas are also possible.

Entry requirements

  • All research students who have not completed a relevant and recent Masters degree, or other appropriate research methods training, are required to complete two core modules of the Master of Research (MRes).
  • MA by Research/MRes/MPhil: you will need at least a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area
  • PhD: you will need a Masters degree or equivalent, in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic
  • We normally consider applications from candidates from different backgrounds who demonstrate appropriate research experience and achievement
  • International students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent


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Rob Griffiths - English Lecturer

Staff Profile

Dr. Robin Griffiths

Postgraduate Research Lead for the School of Liberal and Performing Arts

"Robin’s research over the past twenty years has been funded by both the British Academy and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and is primarily concerned with queer debates around national identity, spectatorship and representation."


Develop your skills with specialist training in research methods

Research students who have not already completed a relevant Masters degree or other appropriate postgraduate research methods training will benefit from the university's research methods training modules: Philosophy and Approaches to Research and Methodologies and Methods.

Opportunities to publish and hold internships with IOTA poetry

Make the most of the opportunities we offer to publish your work. Gain high-level professional recognition and contribute to advancing knowledge in creative writing and literature. Access internships opportunities with international literary magazine, IOTA Poetry.

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