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).

Learn more at the entry requirements page.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

A Creative Writing MPhil/PhD at Exeter University combines the supervision of an experienced, published creative writer, with the expertise of literary scholars in an English department regarded for its outstanding research activity and research-led teaching.

The major part of your PhD will consist of an original piece of creative work - in prose fiction, nonfiction or poetry – of a natural volume length. This will sit alongside a 30,000-word thesis of original research placing your creative work in its literary-historical/cultural contexts.

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.

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

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.5 in the writing component and all other sections no less than 6.0.


Overall score 100 with minimum scores of 25 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

65 with no less than 58 in all communicative skills.

Cambridge English: Advanced & Proficiency

Overall score 185 with a minimum score of 176 in the writing component and all other sections no less than 169.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,400 (full-time) £2,200 (part-time)
International students
£16,400 (full-time)

Learn more at the fees and funding page.

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