Research Degrees in
in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Do you want to advance or change your career, deepen your expertise in a topic, or expand your research and practical skills?
With a PhD or other postgraduate research degree in the areas of Creative Writing and English Literature you will:
We can supervise a wide range of Creative Writing and Literature projects. We can cover periods from the Renaissance through to the 21st century, and all genres. Particular thematic specialisms include:
Within creative writing, we can supervise projects on:
We are a leading centre for the study of literature and culture. We host a large and vibrant community of renowned critics and writers.
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We have exciting plans for the future, including a brand new building to house the Manchester Poetry Library.
Our postgraduate researchers are a key part of our social and intellectual environment. You will be a member of our Postgraduate Arts and Humanities Centre (PAHC). PAHC is a dedicated forum for postgraduate students in the Arts and Humanities. It provides:
The majority of our students enrol in October. We offer further enrolment points in January and April.
Research degrees are available to study on-campus or through distance learning.
A research degree equips you with advanced skills in research, critical thinking, communications, and project management. These skills, as well as your subject matter expertise, will open up senior careers in a wide range of sectors.
Our PhD by Publication pathways give established and emerging creatives the opportunity to deepen their professional practice and network with colleagues in the creative and cultural industries.
This course is research based. You will independently conduct research into your own topic or a topic that we advertise. Your supervisory team will offer expert guidance throughout your studies and review work in progress.
Each year, you will follow a programme of training and development to enhance your research methods, subject-matter expertise and professional skills.
Tuition fees are likely to increase each academic year in line with UK Research and Innovation guidelines.
International fees are categorised into five bands. Your tuition fee band will depend on the resources required for your project. We will confirm your band in your offer letter.
Fees for 2019/20 entry will be available here when they are confirmed
Each year we offer a number of competitive scholarships to support high quality research projects. Current scholarship opportunities in Creative Writing and English Literature are advertised on our site.
We are a member of the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership which allows us to offer fully funded scholarships in the Arts and Humanities. The deadline for applications is midnight on 14 January 2019.
You should, as a minimum, have a first or 2.1 honours degree or an equivalent qualification.
International students must demonstrate a sufficiently high standard of English language ability.
We welcome interest from applicants from non-standard backgrounds. We will take subject knowledge, professional experience, publications, or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment into consideration.
See more about our standard entry requirements.
Before applying for a research degree, you should have a preliminary discussion with a member of staff about your project and ideas. To arrange this, please email Dr Andrew Moor, email@example.com, the Research Degrees Co-ordinator for Creative Writing and English Literature.
For further information on the application process, contact the Faculty’s research degrees administration team: firstname.lastname@example.org, +44 (0)161 247 6673.
The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online using the link below. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.
Before you apply, you should discuss your project with a member of academic staff. You should also complete the Postgraduate Research Degree Supplementary Information form which you will then upload to the ‘Student documents’ section of the application form. This collects key information about your research application and there may be delays if you do not submit this document.