Creative Writing / English Studies PhD

Scottish Writing Graduate Programme

two studentsEnglish Studies at the University of Stirling has a long-established and vibrant research culture. The teaching programmes emerge from the nature of the discipline, the research interests of staff and the needs and wishes of students. These interests tend to focus on certain areas, notably creative writing, 19th- and 20th-century writing, postcolonial writing in English, Scottish culture and literature, medieval, renaissance and 17th-century writing, American literature, critical theory, publishing studies, women’s studies, and language and linguistics. While the University may have particular strengths in these areas, its teaching is deliberately broad-based. A wide range of modules give students the opportunity to study many aspects of English language and literature.

Scottish Writing Opportunities

Our research interests include:

  • Creative Writing
  • Medieval and early modern writing
  • 20th-century postcolonial literatures
  • Victorian literature
  • Scottish literature
  • James Hogg
  • The Gothic
  • Poetry
  • The short story
  • American literature
  • Textual culture
  • Publishing studies
  • Discourse analysis
  • Book history

Postgraduate PhD Programme

Current research projects include the collaborative Stirling/South Carolina Research Edition of the Collected Works of James Hogg project. This has attracted two separate Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) grants: one of £299,435 for the publication of a three-volume edition of Hogg’s Collected Letters, and one (in collaboration with the University of Glasgow) of £157,734 for a three-year project researching Hogg’s songs. Other scholarly editing projects include the Arden Shakespeare, editions of Marvell and Defoe, and translations of Wyclif’s Latin writings.

Research Proposal

PhD students should submit a research proposal of 2,000 words.

Entrance Requirements

The entrance requirement is normally a good upper second class Honours degree or equivalent, but other qualifications will be considered at the discretion of the Postgraduate Officer and the Head of English Studies.

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your proficiency, such as a minimum IELTS score of 6, (minimum 5 in each skill), or TOEFL at least 550/213/79-80.

RAE Rating

Over half of our submissions in the latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) were found to be ‘Internationally Excellent’ or ‘World-leading’.

Mode of Study

PhD, three years (full-time); five years (part-time); MPhil: two years (full-time); four years (part-time)

Programme Start Date

Research degrees can start at any time, but usually begin in October or in February.


For information on possible sources of funding, visit: Postgraduate Finance

Courses Taught by the Division

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