Research course

Literature, Drama, and Creative Writing

University of East Anglia · School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing (LDC)
PhDMPhilMA by research

Entry requirements

For entry on to the MPhil or PhD programme, we would normally expect an applicant to hold a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent, and a good Masters degree or equivalent, in a relevant subject. For entry on to the MA by Research programme, we would normally expect an applicant to hold a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent, in a relevant subject.

Months of entry

January, October

Course content

RESEARCH - 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. For contact details and research interests go to:

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.

Information for international students

English entry requirements are: Minimum IELTS overall score of 7.0 (with no less than 6.5 in speaking, reading and listening and 7.0 in writing), or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

MA by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Research Service Office
+44 (0) 1603 591 709