• MA or MSc by Research/MRes/MPhil: you will need at least a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent. On successful completion of the MRes you can normally progress to a PhD • 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 • EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent
Months of entry
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.
Interdisciplinary study: We offer opportunities for interdisciplinary research within humanities and across the university. Our system of using a supervisory team, as opposed to an individual supervisor, makes this mode of study particularly appropriate. Applications for Interdisciplinary Research Degrees in Creative Writing and in other areas are also possible.
Qualification and course duration
MA by research
Course contact details
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