Postgraduate Study

The Department of English & Creative Writing at Aberystwyth has a distinguished history as a centre for literary research stretching back to 1872. We are committed to providing a postgraduate experience of real quality. Our MA Literary Studies allows students to choose from a breadth of specialisms spanning the whole range of cultural production from the medieval to the contemporary. Our MA Creative Writing combines research and writing in innovative ways, training students in the craft of composition across and between genres. Our PhD students pursue original research with subjects reflecting the diversity of the discipline: from archival research to theoretical exegeses, from the eighteenth century to the postmodern and beyond. Our current postgraduate cohort is drawn from all corners of the world, making our department - nestled between the mountains and the sea - a truly cosmopolitan place for postgraduate study.

We provide research-led teaching of the highest quality, and are proud of the expertise, commitment and support we bring to MA teaching and doctoral supervision. In the last Research Assessment Exercise, 97% of our research was judged to be of international standing or higher, with 67% evaluated as world-leading or internationally excellent; and our teaching was ranked as ‘excellent’ in the most recent Teaching Quality Assessment. Our staff have an extremely good success rate for Leverhulme, British Academy and AHRC awards, further indicating the strength of our research profile nationally. The review panel of the last Research Assessment Exercise drew attention to the robustness of our research environment, emphasising our strong investment in research training and academic career development.