Creative and critical writing (2015 entry)

Subject overview

At Sussex, we offer pioneering study of creative and critical writing: 

  • All our courses provide the opportunity to develop your own creative writing with taught modules, independent study and tutorial advice. 
  • Faculty include professional authors and researchers of international standing. 
  • Tutors include practising novelists and poets. 

Global perspective

55th in the world for international outlook

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013-2014

Academic quality

14th in the UK
43rd in Europe
111th in the world

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014-2015

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    are home to Sussex graduates

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    < 30 minutes to Gatwick Airport
    < 60 minutes to central London
    < 90 minutes to Heathrow Airport

Programmes

  • PhD in Creative and Critical Writing
  • MPhil in Creative and Critical Writing

For advice on research supervision within the creative and critical writing courses at Sussex, we encourage prospective MPhil and PhD applicants to discuss their ideas with relevant faculty in the first instance. 

Entry requirements

MPhil in Creative and Critical Writing

UK entrance requirements

Students will normally have a Masters degree in a relevant subject.

Overseas entrance requirements

If you are an international student and wish to find out if you have the necessary qualifications for this degree, please refer to Overseas qualifications.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each section.

For more information, refer to What qualifications do I need?

PhD in Creative and Critical Writing

UK entrance requirements

Students will normally have a Masters degree in a relevant subject.

Overseas entrance requirements

If you are an international student and wish to find out if you have the necessary qualifications for this degree, please refer to Overseas qualifications.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each section.

For more information, refer to What qualifications do I need?

Visas and immigration

Find out more about Visas and immigration.

For more information about the admissions process at Sussex

For pre-application enquiries:

Student Recruitment Services
T +44 (0)1273 876787
E pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

For post-application enquiries:

Postgraduate Admissions,
University of Sussex,
Sussex House, Falmer,
Brighton BN1 9RH, UK
T +44 (0)1273 877773
F +44 (0)1273 678545
E pg.applicants@sussex.ac.uk 

Related subjects

Fees and funding

Fees

MPhil in Creative and Critical Writing

Home UK/EU students: £4,0521
Channel Island and Isle of Man students: £4,0522
Overseas students: £14,4503

1 The fee shown is for the academic year 2015.
2 The fee shown is for the academic year 2015.
3 The fee shown is for the academic year 2015.

PhD in Creative and Critical Writing

Home UK/EU students: £4,0521
Channel Island and Isle of Man students: £4,0522
Overseas students: £14,4503

1 The fee shown is for the academic year 2015.
2 The fee shown is for the academic year 2015.
3 The fee shown is for the academic year 2015.

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Scholarships

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We are in the process of updating funding sources for postgraduate study in the academic year 2015/16. For general information, visit Postgraduate research scholarships 2015.

For more information on scholarships go to the Scholarships web pages.

Faculty interests

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Prof Peter Boxall
Professor of English
P.Boxall@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Modernist and contemporary writing

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Prof Nicholas Royle
Professor of English
N.W.O.Royle@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: English and American literature

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Dr Samuel Solomon
Lecturer In Creative And Critical Writing
Samuel.Solomon@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Creative and critical writing, Feminist theory, Gender and Sexuality, Literary And Cultural Theory, Modernist and contemporary writing

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Dr Bethan Stevens
Lecturer in English and Creative & Critical Writing
B.K.Stevens@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Book Illustration, Creative and critical writing, Historical Fiction, Modernism, Museum Studies, popular culture, The History of Printmaking, The Long Nineteenth Century, The Novel, The Short Story, Victorian culture, Word and Image Theory

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Prof Keston Sutherland
Professor Of Poetics
K.Sutherland@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Wordsworth

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Careers and perspectives

Our research graduates have gone on to careers in teaching, writing, publishing and the media. 

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Research training

The University’s Doctoral School runs a wide range of training courses covering the needs of students throughout all phases of their studies.

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School and contacts

Contact us

Professor Nicholas Royle,
Creative and Critical Writing,
School of English,
University of Sussex, Falmer,
Brighton BN1 9QN, UK 
T +44 (0)1273 877396 
E n.w.o.royle@sussex.ac.uk

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Discover Postgraduate Study information sessions

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Overseas visits

Meet with Sussex staff in your country at exhibitions, visits to schools and universities, and at a wide range of other events. Forthcoming visits are planned all over the world:

Bahrain • Brazil • Brunei • Canada • China • Colombia • France • Germany • Ghana • Greece • Hong Kong • India • Indonesia • Iraq • Italy • Japan • Kenya • Kuwait • Malaysia • Mexico • Nigeria • Norway • Pakistan • Qatar • Saudi Arabia • Singapore • South Korea • Spain • Sri Lanka • Taiwan • Thailand • Turkey • UAE • USA • Vietnam.

In-country representatives

In the International Office, we manage a network of overseas representatives who have been trained to support international students with their application to study at the University. Services representatives provide can include pre-departure information, support in submitting your housing application and advice regarding applying for a UK Student Visa.

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