Research course

Creative Writing

Goldsmiths, University of London · English and Comparative Literature

Entry requirements

You should normally have or expect to be awarded a first degree of at least upper second class standard or a Master's degree in a relevant subject. If your degree is in an unrelated field, you may be considered subject to a qualifying interview and/or submission of sample essays.

Months of entry


Course content

The inter-relationship between theory, scholarship and the creative process is key to the Goldsmiths MPhil/PhD in Creative Writing.

You'll be expected to combine your own creative writing - whether poetry, fiction or life writing - with research into the genre or area of literature in which you are working, to gain insight into its history and development, and to engage with relevant contemporary debates.

This might be genre in the more traditional sense, for example satire, fictional autobiography, verse drama, or particular traditions to which you feel your work relates, for example projective verse, postmodernist fiction, or Caribbean poetics.

This element of the PhD - the critical commentary - will constitute around 30 per cent of the final work; the major part - 70 per cent - will be a creative work of publishable standard: a novel, memoir, book of poems or collection of stories, for example.

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


part time
48-72 months
full time
36-48 months


part time
36 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
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