English and creative writing research degrees

An overview of our postgraduate research in English and creative writing and entry requirements for PhDs and other research degrees.

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English provides a nurturing environment for both individual and collaborative research: its permanent academic staff, together with a number of teaching and research fellows, cover a wide range of interests and periods.

Our openness to new critical theories and emerging areas of the discipline encourages a multiplicity of approaches. Main research interests include:

  • Old and Middle English
  • Early Modern to Contemporary Drama
  • 18th- and 19th-Century Poetry and Fiction
  • 20th- and 21st-Century Literature and Film
  • Gothic Literature and Science Fiction
  • Comics and Graphic Novels
  • Postcolonial Literature
  • American Writing
  • Scottish and Irish Writing

Details of staff research interests are available on our English staff profile pages.

There is a lively research culture in the programme, including a regular postgraduate forum, visiting speakers, and an annual postgraduate conference held in Dundee. English hosts an annual conference of the Scottish Word and Image Group as well as a Comics Conference.

Research postgraduates are advised and trained, not only on the development of their ideas but also on matters of publication and career planning.

For more information about Research in English at Dundee, please visit the Humanities webpage.

Entry requirements

You should have an honours degree at 2.1 or above, and/or a Masters degree in a relevant discipline.

English language requirements

IELTS (overall) Reading Listening Speaking Writing
7.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 7.0


We also accept other English language qualifications

You do not need to prove your knowledge of English if you are a national of certain countries.

Don't meet the English language requirements?

English language programmes

Prepare for university study and benefit from extra English tuition with an English language programme.