Research course

Creative Writing

University of Gloucestershire · Faculty of Education, Humanities and Sciences
PhDMPhilMA by research

Entry requirements

  • All research students who have not completed a relevant and recent Masters degree, or other appropriate research methods training, are required to complete two core modules of the Master of Research (MRes).
  • MA by Research/MRes/MPhil: you will need at least a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area
  • PhD: you will need a Masters degree or equivalent, in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic
  • We normally consider applications from candidates from different backgrounds who demonstrate appropriate research experience and achievement

Months of entry


Course content

Conduct your own unique piece of research in an area of interest or one related to your career. Benefit from academic supervisors with extensive experience in contemporary writing. Topics include contemporary poetry and poetics; novel writing and short story writing; drama, radio and screenwriting; hybrid writing; transgressive writing; and the creative process. Produce a thesis with ground-breaking and original text of publishable standard. Produce complementary discourse which contextualises its rich critical and creative aspects.Access well-known writers through our close links with the Cheltenham Poetry Festival and Cheltenham Festival of Literature. Strengthen your research through our sponsorship of the annual Laurie Lee Memorial Lecture in tribute to this famous Gloucestershire writer. Immerse yourself in the vibrant cultural and literary scene in the county which strengthens research projects. This includes the Dymock Poets Archive and Study Centre which is fertile with manuscripts, first editions and other materials relating to Robert Frost, Lascelles Abercrombie, Edward Thomas, Rupert Brooke, Wilfred Gibson and Eleanor Farjeon. The library also includes a wide selection of contemporary writing and creative writing journals.

As well as research students at MA and PhD levels, there is a very strong taught MA programme in Creative and Critical Writing. This provides a healthy and diverse postgraduate community of dedicated and talented writers.

Information for international students

International students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration


full time
30-48 months


full time
18-36 months
part time
30-60 months

MA by research

full time
12-24 months
part time
18-36 months

Course contact details

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