The Creative Writing programme is offered at the Goldsmiths, University of London.
You'll be expected to combine your own creative writing – whether poetry, fiction or life writing – with research into the genre or area of literature in which you are working, to gain insight into its history and development, and to engage with relevant contemporary debates.
This might be genre in the more traditional sense, for example satire, fictional autobiography, verse drama, or particular traditions to which you feel your work relates, for example projective verse, postmodernist fiction, or Caribbean poetics.
This element of the PhD – the critical commentary – will constitute around 30 per cent of the final work; the major part – 70 per cent – will be a creative work of publishable standard: a novel, memoir, book of poems or collection of stories, for example.
Assessment is by thesis and viva voce.
Former PhD students include Bernardine Evaristo, whose Jerwood Fiction Uncovered-winning book Mr Loverman was written, in part, at Goldsmiths.
North American applicants especially should note that the British system does not include preparatory taught classes or examinations as part of the MPhil/PhD programme, except for an initial course in research methods.
You'll develop transferable skills, including:
- enhanced communication and discussion skills in written and oral contexts
- the ability to analyse and evaluate different textual materials
- the ability to organise information
- the ability to assimilate and evaluate competing arguments
- Public relations
- The civil service
- Your supervisor helps you in the initial planning of your research, offering advice and suggestions as the project evolves, and maintaining regular contact through individual tutorials.
- Having discussed your needs with your supervisor, in the first year you undertake training to develop your research skills and techniques.
- You're responsible for maintaining progress according to your agreed plan of study, as outlined on your registration form, and at the end of the year you produce a formal progress report.
- 36 months
- 48 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
- We encourage you to complete your application as early as possible, even if you haven't finished your current programme of study.
DisciplinesLanguages Creative Writing Literature View 420 other Masters in Literature in United Kingdom
- You should normally hold a first or upper second class BA Honours degree and have either a good MA in Creative Writing or a track record of relevant publications with a reputable company.
- You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.
International15820 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 15820 GBP per year during 36 months.
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