4 years full time, 6 years part time
Choose to start in September 2017, January 2018 or May 2018
Creative and Critical Writing
From Shakespeare, contemporary literature, and literary theory to Derrida, Freud and creative and critical writing – we welcome PhD applications in a wide range of areas.
Our faculty are experts in their fields. This means you’ll be guided and supervised through your research project by academics working at the forefront of their subjects.
Full-time and part-time study
You can choose to work on your research full time or part time. For details about part-time study, contact us.
PhD or MPhil?
You can choose to study for a PhD or an MPhil. PhD and MPhil degrees differ in the length of the course and therefore in the extent of the research work you can undertake and incorporate in your thesis.
- An MPhil typically takes three years full time and four years part time. You’ll conduct an independent piece of research but in less depth than for a PhD. You will graduate with the degree title Master of Philosophy.
- A PhD typically takes four years full time and six years part time. You will undertake a piece of research that makes a substantial original contribution to knowledge or understanding in your chosen field.
If you choose an MPhil, you might be able to change to a PhD during the course of your studies.
Explore our research interests and find a potential supervisor.
- Faculty profiles
Prof Peter Boxall
Professor of English
Research interests: Modernist and contemporary writing
Prof Nicholas Royle
Professor of English
Research interests: English and American literature
Dr Samuel Solomon
Lecturer in Creative and Critical Writing
Research interests: Contemporary Poetry, Creative and critical writing, Feminist theory, Gender and Sexuality, Literary And Cultural Theory, Marxism, Modernist and contemporary writing, Print Culture
Dr Bethan Stevens
Lecturer in English and Creative & Critical Writing
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
Students will normally have a Masters degree in a relevant subject.
English language requirements
IELTS 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each section.
English language support
Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.
Additional information for international students
We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our PhD degrees.
Visas and immigration
Scholarships and fees
How can I fund my course?
Postgraduate Masters Loan
MPhil students might be eligible for a Postgraduate Masters Loan. This is not available for students registering for a PhD.
Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.
Collaborative Doctoral Project Studentship- Sussex University and the British Library: American Political Pamphlets 1920-1945 (2017)
The University of Sussex and the British Library intend to make a PhD studentship appointment under the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership scheme
1 June 2017
Commonwealth Scholarship (2017)
Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s and PhD study in the UK are offered for citizens of developing Commonwealth countries.
29 March 2017
Dr John Birch Music Scholarship (2017)
Four scholarships of £800 to reward talented musicians and encourage music performance whilst studying at Sussex.
19 May 2017
We advertise around 2,500 part-time jobs a year so you can make money and gain work experience. We have a special scheme to employ students on campus, wherever possible.
How much does it cost?
Fees for self-funding students
Home: £4,195 per year
EU: £4,195 per year
Channel Islands and Isle of Man: £4,195 per year
Overseas: £15,100 per year
Our fees follow the indicative fee level set nationally by Research Council UK and may be subject to change.