Research course

Creative Writing

University of Exeter · English

Entry requirements

Applicants will generally have achieved a first or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent), and an MA with merit (or comparable achievement). For full information please see the website.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

Within the College of Humanities, our Creative Writing programme offers the opportunity for cross-disciplinary research in collaboration with other academics across the Humanities. (Visit our staff profiles for more information on research interests).

Once at Exeter you will engage with a stimulating community of fellow writers, be it through specialised research groups – from Victorian Studies to Poetry and Poetics - or by sharing seminars and workshops with a varied programme of distinguished visiting speakers. The University has particularly strong archive holdings in Twentieth Century West Country writing, with works and papers by, among others, Ted Hughes, Henry Williamson, Daphne du Maurier and William Golding.

Research centres:

Centre for Victorian Studies

The Centre for Victorian Studies (CVS) covers all areas of Victorian Britain and the Empire: culture (high Victorian and fin de siecle literature, gender, and sexuality); science (biology and economics); technology (print, optical and sound media). CVS is an institutional member of the University of California Dickens Project and annually sends one staff member and one advanced research student to California, where they share a week’s academic activities with international Victorianists.

CVS is also active in regular collaborations with the Nineteenth-Century Studies Centre at Birkbeck, the Victorian and late 19th and early 20th-century Divisions of the Modern Language Association of America, the North American Victorian Studies Association, the Australasian Victorian Studies Association, and the British Association for Victorian Studies. We have staff on the editorial boards of every significant Victorianist journal in Britain, North America and Australasia.

18th-Century Narrative Consortium

The Long 18th Century research group hosts the 18th-Century Narrative Consortium which aims to provide a focus for research activities and publications centred on the cultural phenomenon of eighteenth-century narrative. The period that saw the dawn of the novel also witnessed the exponential development of a market for print culture and huge social change.

Exeter Centre for Literatures of Identity, Place and Sustainability (ECLIPSE)

Based at the Penryn Campus in Cornwall, the aim of the Exeter Centre for Literatures of Identity, Place and Sustainability is to facilitate interdisciplinary research into literary representations and constructions of identity and place, dealing with literatures of myth, memory and history, and developing a ‘new’ eco-criticism for the 21st century.

Centre for Literature and Archives

The Centre for Literature and Archives holds many resources and manuscripts in the Special Collections archive, and actively encourages students to engage with this material.

Centre for Intermedia

English staff are also involved in the College's interdisciplinary Centre for Intermedia which promotes advanced transdisciplinary research in performance and the arts through collaborations between artists, academics and scientists from a range of disciplines.

Department specialisms

The Department research focusses around the the Research Centres as follows; Centre for Victorian Studies; 18th-Century Narrative Consortium; Exeter Centre for Literatures of Identity, Place and Sustainability (ECLIPSE); Centre for Literature and Archives and Centre for Intermedia.

Information for international students

We warmly welcome international students to all three of our beautiful campuses. At present 4,000 students from over 130 countries contribute to a thriving international community. Details of our academic and English language requirements, along with details of English language support can be found on our website.

Fees and funding

UK students
Please see our website for details
International students
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The University of Exeter invests significantly in a range of funding opportunities for talented prospective postgraduates.

Please visit our website for further details. Here you can search our database for funding opportunities suitable for your area of interest.

Qualification and course duration


part time
48-60 months
full time
24-36 months
distance learning
24-60 months


part time
72-84 months
full time
36-48 months
distance learning
36-84 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0)1392 725306