PhD
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.

Over 90% of all English faculty research has been graded as world leading in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF). As a doctoral student, you’ll be supervised by academics who lead in their fields of study.

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 Nicholas Royle at n.w.o.royle@sussex.ac.uk.

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.

How to apply

If you’d like to join us as a research student, there are two main routes:

Find out how to apply for a PhD at Sussex

Faculty

Explore our research interests and find a potential supervisor.

  • Faculty profiles

    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: Contemporary Poetry, Creative and critical writing, Feminist theory, Gender and Sexuality, Literary And Cultural Theory, Marxism, Modernist and contemporary writing, Print Culture

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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: Contemporary Poetry, Critical Theory, Marx, Philosophy, Poetics, psychoanalysis, Romanticism, Samuel Beckett, Wordsworth

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Entry requirements

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.

Find out about other English language qualifications we accept.

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

Find out how to apply for a student visa


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.

Scholarships

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.

Part-time work

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.

Find out more about careers and employability

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.


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