Creative Writing: Research Degrees

The Creative Writing PhD offers a student the opportunity to complete a substantial work in an exciting research environment in London with the benefit of the experienced supervision of our tutors, all of whom are professional writers. It is an ideal progression from a Master's degree, or for professional writers who wish to gain a doctorate in creative writing, or for those wishing to teach creative writing at university level.

Students on this programme submit a thesis of 100,000 words, divided into creative and critical components (the length of poetry collections and theatre or film scripts is negotiated separately between the student and the supervisory team). The two parts of the thesis should relate to each other and the essay can be either a commentary on process and practice, or an investigation into other fields of creative literature and critical/theoretical writing. The creative/critical ratio varies between 80:20 and 50:50.

We are open to a wide range of literary ambition, from experimental fiction to genre writing. As is normal in UK universities, the Brunel Creative Writing PhD is undertaken by combining independent study with one-to-one tutorial support from two academic supervisors. Full-time students normally complete their theses in three years.

The Writers Talking Series brings leading authors to our campus including:

Abdulrazak Gurnah Sophie Kinsella Gautam Malkani Ruth Padel Zadie Smith Barbara Campbell
Abdulrazak Gurnah Sophie Kinsella Gautam Malkani Ruth Padel Zadie Smith Barbara Campbell
Clare Pollard Courttia Newland Dan Rhodes Deborah Moggach Joel Horwood Lindsey Davis
Clare Pollard Courttia Newland Dan Rhodes Deborah Moggach Joel Horwood Lindsey Davis
Louisa Young Neil Griffiths Rukhsana Ahmad Tim Lott Victoria Hislop Sarah Waters
Louisa Young Neil Griffiths Rukhsana Ahmad Tim Lott Victoria Hislop Sarah Waters
 Ishmael Beah  Jonathan Coe  Xiaolu Guo      
 Ishmael Beah  Jonathan Coe  Xiaolu Guo      

How to Apply

You should complete and submit the University’s application form. Please add to this a detailed proposal of the work you intend to complete of at least 2,000 words, a sample of your writing in the relevant field of at least 5,000 words and an indicative bibliography. Potential research students will then be invited for interview.

Further application details

Enquiries

Admissions Tutor: Bernardine Evaristo
Tel: +44 (0)1895 267240
Email: bernardine.evaristo@brunel.ac.uk

Page last updated: Monday 12 September 2011