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Full Bursary in English and Creative Writing

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The University of Chichester has one full Bursary for PhD study for 3 years available in the area of English and Creative Writing.

The University of Chichester excelled in the UK-wide Research Excellence Framework (REF) with results announced in December 2014 revealing that 90% of our research is rated as internationally recognised or higher and 15% classified as ‘world-leading'.

Innovative proposals for PhD study are invited in a range of research areas (see list below). The strategic drive behind the studentships is to attract excellent students to conduct collaborative PhD projects. Collaboration may involve either a third party organisation e.g. museum, gallery, charity, business or collaboration with the University of Chichester subject areas of Enterprise Management and Leadership (The Business School) , Education or Music.

Applicants may already have a potential third party collaborator in mind or may wish to explore the possibilities with an academic colleague in one of the subject areas listed. In each case it is recommended that you contact Prof Bill Gray ([email protected]) to find out more.

The subject area of English & Creative Writing will accept postgraduate research students in the following areas:

a) Creative Writing: poetry; drama; the short story; the novel
b) Shakespeare & Renaissance Studies
c) Children's Literature
d) Fantasy Literature
e) Fairy Tale Studies
f) Post-1945 and Contemporary Fiction
g) Contemporary Drama
h) Contemporary critical theory and European philosophy
i) Romanticism
j) Eighteenth-century Women's Writing
k) Literature and Religion/Theology
l) Nineteenth-century Literature
m) Eco-criticism
n) Linguistics & Literature
o) Representations of military conflict in literature and film
p) Philosophy, Ethics and the novel
q) The Gothic
r) Science and Literature
s) Science Fiction

Informal enquiries are welcomed: Names and areas of supervisors can be found at this webpage
Call 01243 816000 for the main switchboard and ask to be connected to the academic to whom you wish to speak. 
A successful applicant will join an intimate, vibrant, and dynamic research environment at the Bishop Otter Campus of the University of Chichester, located within walking distance of the lovely historic city of Chichester. We are particularly interested in high calibre applicants who want to play an active role in the continued development of our research environment. Applicants should have an existing MSc or MA qualification. Every applicant should have good quantitative and/or qualitative research methods skills appropriate to their discipline, and should be a well-organised, self-motivated researcher.

For full details and further information about University of Chichester PhD bursaries please visit:

Application forms can be found here:

For questions regarding the application process contact Dr Antony Walsh ([email protected])

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. It is available to citizens of a number of European countries (including the UK). In most cases this will include all EU nationals. However full funding may not be available to all applicants and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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