Research Degrees in

Creative Writing, English and Film/Screen Studies

in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities


Our English Department is engaged in a dynamic expansion of its postgraduate programmes. Our staff offer supervision in the following closely inter-related areas of expertise:

Literary Periods

  • Renaissance Writing
  • Eighteenth-Century - Nineteenth-Century Literature
  • 20th Century & Contemporary Fiction & Biography
  • Contemporary Poetry & Experimental Writing

Specialist Research Areas

  • Children’s Literature
  • Contemporary Critical Theory & Culture
  • Faith
  • Film & Screen Studies
  • Food
  • Literary Geography and Place Writing
  • Gothic Studies (including contemporary gothic and horror cinema/fiction)
  • Medical Humanities:, bioethics and dementia
  • Poetry
  • Postcolonial & Diaspora Studies, Irish Studies, Black British Writing
  • Queer / LGBTI Cultures
  • Theatre Studies
  • Trauma Theory & Memory Studies
  • Women’s Writing

Creative Writing

  • Creative Writing (Fiction)
  • Creative Writing (Poetry)
  • Landscape Writing
  • Children’s Writing
  • Script-writing


The Department of English offers PhDs in Creative Writing through two routes. The ‘practice-led’ route typically suits new or emerging writers and combines creative and critical work. The PhD by Professional Practice (Creative Writing) is designed for established writers whose publication record constitutes a significant contribution to its field.

Research degrees are available to study on-campus or through distance learning.

→ How to apply for a distance learning PhD


Before applying for a research degree, applicants should have a preliminary discussion with the relevant Research Degrees Co-ordinator within your chosen area of interest to discuss the project or your ideas.

How to apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application throughout the process.

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Please complete the additional Postgraduate Research Degree Supplementary Information document and upload it to the Student documents section of your online application. This collects key information about your research application and there may be delays if you do not submit this document.

Before you apply, we recommend that you:

  • Contact the relevant Research Degrees Co-ordinator within your chosen area of interest to discuss the project or your ideas.
  • Ensure that you have gathered the necessary supporting documents required and submit them along with your application where possible: references, passport copy, qualification transcripts and certificates, English language proficiency evidence where relevant.

Next Stages of Your Application

We will contact you to let you know the initial outcome of your application, and invite you to attend an interview where appropriate.

Once the university is satisfied with the following, we will send you an offer letter informing you that you have been offered a place of study:

  • Your research proposal
  • The entry requirements have been met
  • You have satisfactory references
  • We have the expertise and resources to be able to supervise you
  • You have had a successful interview

Some offers may be conditional upon achieving certain grades in your examinations, or successfully completing a particular programme. You must satisfy these conditions before we can confirm your unconditional place.

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