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Postgraduate research

English and Creative Writing PhD

What is English and Creative Writing?

A research degree in the Humanities offers a multitude of opportunities, depending on your discipline, interests and experience.

Creative Writing
The team has specialisms in the writing of poetry, plays, short-stories, novels and novellas, and in the creative process, creative writing pedagogy, language and style, writing and cognition. There are also opportunities for interdisciplinary work with English Language and Literature, Fine Art or Performance.

Opportunities for research cover English Language and English Literature as well as interdisciplinary projects. While our expertise is broad, we particularly welcome applications in: Romantic and Nineteenth-century and North American literature; Crime Fiction; Children’s Literature; Women’s Writing; Postcolonial and Black British Literature; Nature Writing; Ecolinguistics; Discourse Analysis; Language Variation; Sociolinguistics and Dialectology.

Study style

The Humanities subject community offers a stimulating and supportive intellectual environment, consisting of a diverse culture of specialist and interdisciplinary postgraduate research. You’ll benefit from working with a team of research-active and industry-connected supervisors, as well as being part of a research community. Working closely with your supervisors, you will shape a research project which is current and cutting edge in your discipline.

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Entry requirements

    • At least a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject.

    • Please provide a copy of your research proposal. This should be 1,000 words (excluding references and appendices) following the structure outlined in this research proposal guide.

      Please note; we’re unable to process applications without a proposal for the School’s consideration. Not supplying one will delay the processing of applications.

Fees and costs

Start date Course code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
October 2023 £5,100 £11,730
October 2023 £5,100 £11,730
February 2024 £5,100 £11,730
February 2024 £5,100 £11,730
October 2024 TBC TBC
February 2025 TBC TBC

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Possible careers

Research in the Humanities provides a myriad critical, creative and communication skills which can are valuable in a wide range of contexts. Some graduates have gone on to roles in publishing, management, the Civil Service, and the third sector, as well to academic and writing roles.

Established cultural links

We have close links with the local theatre, heritage and festival organizations, as well as religious, philosophical and community groups.

Internationally-recognised supervisors

Our supervisors have internationally-recognised profiles as academics and writers, providing a multitude of networking opportunities.

A vibrant community

Be part of a vibrant, interdisciplinary research community.

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