Research course

Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Literatures

Open University · Department of English

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) and an MA (or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

English and Creative Writing at The Open University supports research in a wide range of different aspects of 20th-century and contemporary writing. These include individual author studies, critical and cultural theory, biography, world literature and debates around globalisation, and range across genres. Several staff have specific interests in creative writing, supported by the Contemporary Cultures of Writing Research Group and involvement in the editorial board of Wasafiri, the Arts Council-funded magazine of international contemporary writing. Further subjects are covered by research strengths in the history of the book, material cultures, and colonial and postcolonial literatures.

We welcome applications that correspond with current staff research interests. We expect detailed and well-structured proposals which set out specific research questions and clearly outline their originality and critical approach. If you would like to discuss your ideas informally before submitting an application, please contact us (details below).

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    72 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Siobhan Campbell
+44 (0)1908 652092