Course Comparison

MA Creative Writing PhD English
Master of Arts - MA Doctor of Philosophy - PhD
1 year Full time: 3-4 years Part time: 4-6 years
Assessment breakdown
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Course type
Full-time, Part-time route available Full-time, Part-time route available
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Plymouth Plymouth
School of Society and Culture School of Society and Culture
Entry requirements
Applicants are required to attend an informal interview with the Programme Leader. Further details will be communicated once an application has been received.
Evidence of your writing ability is required. A sample of no more than ten pages of original writing must be submitted with all applications.
For entry to postgraduate level, you should normally possess:
first or upper second (2:1) degree with honours or professional qualification, recognised as being equivalent to degree standard;
an ordinary degree, foundation degree, higher national diploma, or university diploma, accompanied by substantial experience in an appropriate field.
If you have overseas qualifications you can check your comparability with Ecctis, who provide an advisory service.
English language requirement 
If English is not your first language then evidence of English proficiency is required. The level of proficiency that is required can vary with the type of programme you’re applying for. We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary. For further advice on the relevance of overseas qualification and proficiency in English, please contact our International Office. 
The minimum IELTS score for acceptable English proficiency for entry is normally 7.
Masters degree or equivalent from a UK higher education institution in a relevant subject. 
Applicants normally have to supply a research proposal, personal statement, and occasionally evidence that they are prepared to undertake the proposed project. This may include a portfolio, or a sample of critical writing, depending on their area of study.
Other UK or overseas qualifications may also be accepted – with academic reference
For more general guidelines and application requirements, please visit the research degrees applicants page.