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The School of English and Journalism offers advanced research opportunities within the subject of Creative Writing.

As an MPhil/PhD student you will be supervised by published writers and be given the opportunity to develop skills so that you may produce work of a publishable standard and engage in creative practice at doctoral level.

Regular research seminars and postgraduate study groups aim to provide a stimulating environment in which to discuss and debate work being undertaken in the School and Creative Writing has strong links to English and Journalism as well as with the Schools of Film and Media, History and Heritage and Fine and Performing Arts.

Research Areas, Projects & Topics

Members of staff involved in teaching Creative Writing have experience of teaching the subject at undergraduate and postgraduate levels – there are around one hundred students practicing Creative Writing at BA, MA and PhD levels currently in what is a thriving area of the School of English and Journalism.

Topics of interest to them are:
-Poetry
-Experimental fiction
-The short story
-The historical Novel
-Television drama
-Adaptation
-Film scripting
-Realism
-The publishing industry

Staff have published in a variety of these areas and have also worked in the publishing industry.

How You Study

Study at MPhil/PhD level takes the form of supervised individual research. You are expected to work on the writing practice of your choice for the duration of the study period. On a regular basis, you will be expected to produce appropriate written work, submit it to your supervisors, then meet with your supervisors to receive feedback on your submission and agree the next stage of work.

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the vast majority of your time will be spent in independent study and research. You will have meetings with your academic supervisor, however the regularity of these will vary depending on your own individual requirements, subject area, staff availability and the stage of your programme.

How You Are Assessed

The assessment at this level of study takes the form of an 80,000 word thesis.

The Creative Writing dissertation will comprise 60,000 words of creative writing plus a 20,000 word analysis of the creative piece(s).

A PhD is awarded based on the quality of your thesis and your ability in an oral examination (viva voce) to present and successfully defend your chosen research topic to a group of academics. You are also expected to demonstrate how your research findings have contributed to knowledge or developed existing theory or understanding.

Career and Personal Development

A doctoral qualification may be regarded as the capstone of academic achievement and may mark the beginning of a career in academia or research.

Visit the MPhil Creative Writing page on the University of Lincoln website for more details!

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