Research course

Creative Writing

Lancaster University · English Literature and Creative Writing

Entry requirements

An MA in Creative Writing or a closely related discipline; previous publications of high quality; and a viable research proposal.

Months of entry

October, April

Course content

We host a thriving international and transcultural community of PhD students working across a range of literary genres and research projects.

Our pioneering virtual learning and research facilities have enabled the PhD to be studied by distance learning from overseas – and facilitated with ‘blended’ learning on campus – bringing together students working in English from all over the world to share creative work and critical readings.

We have particular supervisory strengths in contemporary poetry, long fiction, short fiction, narrative and new media as well as research that explores a sense of place, conflict, cultural tensions and synergies.

Department specialisms

The Lancaster Writing Programme is able to offer supervision in poetry, fiction, short fiction, creative non-fiction and script-writing. Its staff are all well-known and highly respected authors.

Information for international students

IELTS: Overall IELTS of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each element.

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
48 months


full time
24 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

Admissions coordinator
+44 (0)1524 593089
+44 (0)1524 594 247