Literature, Drama and Creative Postgraduate Research - PhDs and Studentships

Full Time/ Part Time
PhD by Research, MA (Res), MPhil (Res)

Our approach to research is characterised by the conjunction of criticism and creativity. We currently have more than 70 students engaged in postgraduate-level research. We have an international reputation for creative writing. We welcome applications for PhDs, MPhils and Masters' by Research.


STAFF RESEARCH INTERESTS - As a research student you’ll be supervised by members of our internationally known staff. You could undertake research in a wide range of creative and critical areas, including: Modernism and contemporary writing; Medieval and early modern literature and culture; Creative writing – poetry, prose and drama; The practice and theory of literary translation; Life writing and creative non-fiction; Creative-critical writing; Literary theory and poetics. 

If you are interested in applying for a research degree, please feel free to contact academic staff directly. Please see information on contact details and research interests

STUDENT RESEARCH - Students research has included everything from robot poetry to the reception of Ovid's Tristia in 16th-century England, taking in on the way narrative and translation theory, contemporary lyric poetry, eco-fiction, mid-century British fiction, online writing, modernist spaces, medieval letters, verse drama and crime fiction. 

RESEARCH EVENTS AND RESEARCH SKILLS TRAINING - You’ll participate in weekly research seminars with our own and visiting speakers and attend courses in research methodology. You’ll have the chance to present your work in different forums and to teach undergraduates, and you’ll also be given training opportunities in languages, archives and writing for publication. You’ll develop your research and professional skills through sessions organised by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Graduate School, as well as more informal study groups organised by supervisors and students. 

Take a look at our current PhD and studentship opportunities



Course Modules 2017/8

As a postgraduate research student, your research degree will not contain modules.   


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirement

To be accepted onto a doctoral degree, the standard minimum academic entry requirement is either at least a 2:1 from a UK undergraduate degree, a Master’s degree, or equivalent. Some research programmes might have higher requirements and the possibility of more specific requirements. Please take a look at our current PhD opportunities or our Faculty Graduate School and School pages to find out more.    

How to Apply

Please take a look at our information on how to apply.

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