Research course

Creative Writing

University of Surrey · Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to hold 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.

IELTS Academic 7.0 or above with a minimum of 6.5 in each component (or equivalent).

Months of entry

January, April, July

Course content

We belong to the interdisciplinary School of Literature and Languages, which has research-active staff in English literature, film studies, translation studies, theoretical and applied linguistics, and literary and cultural studies as well as creative writing.

Our research in modern and contemporary writing includes both literary-critical and creative work. In particular, we explore:

  • the work of living writers
  • the tradition and future of innovative writing
  • the environment and climate change
  • the nature of publishing as an innovative and radical political enterprise
  • literature and the body.

We’re part of TECHNE, an Arts and Humanities Research Council AHRC)-funded doctoral training partnership, which provides access to comprehensive academic and professional training programmes, as well as the possibility of funding for your studies.

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 ranked the School of Literature and Languages 10th for research impact, with 75% of our case studies rated as having outstanding impacts, in terms of reach and significance (4*). REF is the UK’s system for independently assessing the quality of research in higher education institutions. Our submission to REF included contributions from the Guildford School of Acting (GSA).

Information for international students

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    96 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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