Research course

English and Creative Writing

Open University · Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

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Entry requirements

The normal minimum entrance requirement is an upper second class honours degree or master's degree.

Months of entry


Course content

Research in this area embraces a diverse range of periods, topics and approaches. Our research extends from the early modern to the contemporary, includes all the main literary genres, and is characterised by a strongly interdisciplinary approach and ethos. Research in English is showcased via a number of well-established research groups: the History of Books and Reading, Postcolonial and Global Literatures, Contemporary Cultures of Writing, and Literature and Music. Colleagues in English are also active in interdisciplinary, cross-subject research groups, such as the Digital Humanities Research Collaboration, the Medieval and Early Modern Research Group, and the recently established Centre for Research in Gender and Otherness in the Humanities (GOTH).

Current PhD students are working on a wide range of topics, which include: close analysis of specific books and authors in their contexts; literature in relation to themes like gender and sexuality, ethnicity, war and conflict; the manner in which literary works are produced and received; amongst others. Creative writing candidates are working on collections of poetry, or novels with wide ranging themes and eras. We warmly welcome applications from prospective research students and offer full-time and part-time places. Please contact us, using the email address below, if you are interested in exploring PhD study with us.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    96 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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