Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

The inter-relationship between theory, scholarship and the creative process is a key to the Goldsmiths MPhil/PhD in Creative Writing. Students will be expected to combine their own creative writing ? whether poetry, fiction or life writing ? with research into the genre or area of literature in which they 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 they feel their 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. Training in research methods and skills is provided both by the department and Goldsmiths' Graduate School. This begins with an intensive week-long induction in the first week of enrolment and continues later in the first term with a series of seminars focussing on the specific challenges of literary and linguistic research projects. The department will also inform them about any research training seminars or study-days offered elsewhere in the University of London (for example, by the Institute of English Studies or the Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study) or beyond, such as at the British Library.

Start Date:

Duration: 4-6 years.. Duration: 3-4 years..

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 years
Full Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil Home Fees
4 years
Full Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £14,330 European Fees
4 years
Full Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £14,330 Overseas Fees
6 years
Part Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil Home Fees
6 years
Part Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £7,165 European Fees
6 years
Part Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £7,165 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students should normally have (or expect to be awarded) a taught Masters in a relevant subject area. Students might also be considered for some programmes if they aren?t a graduate or their degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that students have the ability to work at postgraduate level.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a 7.0 in writing.
  • IELTS score: 7