Creative Writing, Ph.D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
University rank #251 ,
The Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies offers supervision for PhD Creative Writing in all fields of staff research interest within this area. 


A number of our graduates have gone on to undertake successful careers as writers. Other past students are now established as scholars, university lecturers, teachers, publishers, publishers’ editors, journalists, arts administrators, theatre artistic directors, drama advisers, and translators 

They also offer an MPhil and a Masters by dissertation in this subject. 

Please note, part-time research study is also available.

Why study PhD Creative Writing at Essex?

The Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies at Essex is a unique literary conservatoire that offers talented students the support and confidence to respond both critically and artistically to their academic study. This distinctive environment is possible because we are a community of award-winning writers, film-makers and theatre-makers, as well as leading academic specialists. The courses span the globe: our expertise is geographical as well as chronological, practical as well as theoretical. At Essex you don’t just study English Literature, you study world literature in English. This breaks down barriers and liberates us to take you on a comparative journey of discovery across literature, screen and stage.


Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Privy Council, University of Essex is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 10,000-14,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. University of Essex offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Creative writing is an area of particular growth for us and all genres are catered for, with published novelists, poets, and playwrights on our teaching staff and great programme of visiting writers to stimulate your imagination: Derek Walcott, Tom Raworth, Richard Beard, Earl Lovelace, and Madeleine Bunting have all read on our Colchester Campus recently. 

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

For research study within our Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies, we normally require a good Masters degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline. Some applicants may be accepted on the basis of an outstanding Bachelors. A well developed research proposal is also essential.

If English is not your first language, then we will require you to have IELTS 7.0 with 6.5 in writing and 5.5 in all other components, or equivalent.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 13350 International
  • GBP 4200 EU/EEA


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