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MA by Research / PhD

English Literature, American Studies & Creative Writing

1 - 3 Years
September 2024
Campus Taught

On our MA by Research or PhD in English Literature, American Studies & Creative Writing you'll research your chosen topic in depth, guided by an experienced team of expert supervisors.

Why study with us

  • You’ll be joining a team of established research and published authors and have the opportunity to work with internationally and nationally recognised scholars and writers who are specialists in their field.
  • We have an extremely active research environment: our staff run and are members of significant national Research Centres such as Institute for Black Atlantic Research (IBAR) and the UCLan Research Centre for Migration, Diaspora and Exile (MIDEX).
  • We will go the extra mile to make sure that you receive the best supervision and support possible.

What you'll do

  • You’ll work with staff to refine your individual project: to research your primary material effectively, successfully reach your milestones and submit your dissertation/thesis in time.
  • You’ll attend regular supervision sessions where you can discuss your work and ideas and receive regular and detailed feedback and guidance.
  • You’ll present your work at UCLan and academic conferences, receive support with publishing, and share your creative work at our Open Mic Nights in the Live Literature Room.

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Academic expertise

English literature

Academic expertise

Creative writing

Industry links

We have links with publishing outlets including Magma Poetry Magazine and Comma Press (an independent Northern publisher of short fiction). We work with literary consultants who have links with charities, such as Booktrust, and literary prizes, such as the Yoto Carnegie Medal.

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Future careers

Our MRes/PhD in English Literature, American Studies and Creative Writing will provide you with the opportunity to develop excellent research and writing skills, and a wide range of subject specific and generic skills, knowledge and experience.


This course is based in the School of Psychology and Humanities

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