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Literature, Drama and Creative Writing at UEA


  Faculty of Arts and Humanities


About the Programme

The School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia has a long-established international reputation in literary studies. In the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), a major Government analysis of university research quality, the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing has ranked top 10 among UK English departments. 82 per cent of our research has been rated either 4* (world leading) or 3* (internationally excellent). We are home to prize-winning scholars and translators of literature and drama from all periods, and the school is famous as a pioneering centre for creative writing.

We welcome interdisciplinary projects and actively encourage cross-institutional collaboration. UEA is part of the CHASE consortium, an AHRC-funded doctoral training programme in the Humanities.

Research Expertise

The intellectual character of the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing is formed through a unique conjunction of literary criticism, creative writing and literary translation.

The school is renowned for its interdisciplinary research and has established research interests across most periods of English writing, including medieval and early modern literature, the long-nineteenth century, modernism and contemporary writing.

Our reputation in critical and creative writing is based on award-winning works of fiction, poetry and drama, as well as innovative writing across the creative-critical border, such as works of creative non-fiction. The School is known for its distinguished works of translation and translation theory, and is the home of the British Centre for Literary Translation, a major research centre devoted to the theory and practice of literary translation.

School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing

Research students are fully integrated in the research culture of the school which hosts a wide-ranging research seminar with our own and visiting speakers. The school is also home to the British Centre for Literary Translation and the Centre for Creative and Performing Arts.

The Graduate School in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities offers a wide range of relevant training programmes. These include interdisciplinary seminars on methodology, archival work, research ethics, copy editing, pedagogy, and employability as well as specific seminars for creative-critical research students. We also help fund the creation, publication and distribution of magazines. We aim to provide most of our research students with experience of undergraduate teaching.

With 80 full-time postgraduate students joining us since 2008, the School has a thriving postgraduate research culture.

Our students work across all periods of English literature, as well as in the areas of creative and critical writing, life writing, and literary translation.

Research students play a central role in the intellectual life of the School, with a number of graduate-led conferences and semester-long interdisciplinary seminar series.

The Graduate School in the Faculty of the Humanities and Arts serves as a hub for training, workshops and intellectual exchange. Its aim is to nurture a new generation of professional scholars who demonstrate the relevance of the arts and humanities in contemporary public and academic life.

Deadlines

The deadline for funded studentships in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities PhD Studentships is usually January for October starts.

We welcome applications from students with their own funding all year - please  enquire by emailing for further information.

Deadlines for application are listed on our information pages, where you will also find details of fees and funding .

Further information

UEA's School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing web pages: https://www.uea.ac.uk/literature/research-degrees

UEA Humanities Graduate School: https://www.uea.ac.uk/arts-humanities/graduate-school

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Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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