Research course

English (Literature, Creative Writing or Linguistics)

University of Surrey · Department of English

Entry requirements

A good first degree (a minimum 2.1 or equivalent) and an MA in a relevant topic. In exceptional cases, students with a good first degree will be considered for Creative Writing where there is a substantial or promising creative portfolio. Students are initially registered for a PhD with probationary status and, subject to satisfactory progress, are subsequently confirmed as having PhD status.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

As a Surrey postgraduate research student, you will work in the collegial environment of the School of English and Languages. You will have full access to a range of services to support and develop your writing and research skills, including the University’s Researcher Development programme.
At the core of our PhD programmes are the regular meetings that you will have with your supervisors. For us, writing is key to understanding and developing new perspectives: you will be submitting written work from the very start. In the first year, you will – with the guidance and support of your supervisors – lay the foundations of your research by refining your research proposal, engaging with the literature and planning the structure of your work, based on an agreed timetable. Throughout your studies we are committed to thinking about your long-term career as well as your time at the University.

Department specialisms

Contemporary writing and culture; Creative writing; Comparative literature; Women's writing and gender studies; The Literature of Humour; English Literature from the Medieval period to the present day; English Language and Linguistics.

Information for international students

Non-native speakers of English are required to have IELTS 6.5 or above, with a minimum of 7.0 in the Writing component.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

As a member of the TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership, our highest quality students may be eligible to apply for Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) studentships (stipend and fee waiver). Faculty studentships are also available for top-quality students, covering tuition fees at the Home/EU rate and maintenance at current research-council rates for full-time or part-time study.

Qualification and course duration


full time
33-48 months
part time
45-96 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
01483 686 509