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Postgraduate courses

Take a look at the postgraduate courses offered in the Department of English, Theatre and Creative Writing to see which best suits your academic interests.


  • We have one of the largest research communities in contemporary literature in the UK with over a dozen scholars and creative practitioners with research specialisms including graphic narratives, science fiction, migrant studies, life writing and digital humanities among many others.
  • Benefit from our lively research culture, which includes several research centres and groups.
  • Based in the heart of literary London in Bloomsbury, you will join a vibrant postgraduate community with established reading groups, student-organised conferences and passionate engagement across interesting topics.

Creative writinG

  • Students will join a programme which boasts a great track record of alumni publishing success.
  • Students have the opportunity to participate in the Mechanics' Institute Review and other opportunities to gain editorial experience.
  • The programme has staff expertise in prose forms and provides students with rigorous feedback.
  • Students can take optional modules in non-fiction, poetry and screenwriting.


  • Students have the ability to take critical and creative modules.
  • By studying creative and critical writing, students will be taught by scholars and creative practitioners.
  • Students have the option of working on hybrid and creative-critical pieces of writing, incorporating learning from both kinds of modules.


  • Combines practice-based approach with scholarly examination of the theory and history of dramaturgy.
  • Offers the unique opportunity to work practically with internationally renowned practitioners and artists.
  • Involves academic and creative projects exploring multiple aspects of theatre-making.


  • Affords the opportunity to fully explore medieval studies through history, art and literature.
  • Access to some of the best research libraries, galleries and museums in London.
  • Students can tailor their study to an interdisciplinary or literary format as a precursor to further research.


  • Undertake one of our longest running postgraduate programmes with an evolving approach to reflect the changes in literary culture.
  • Study multiple conceptions of twentieth-century literature across a number of topics ranging from technology and mass culture to subjectivity.
  • The opportunity to explore the historical transformations of literature and cultural thought from 1945.


  • Dive into research to explore what the Renaissance was, aspects of its culture and histories.
  • Students will study with internationally recognised experts within the field.
  • Tailor your studies towards your chosen specialisms or undertake interdisciplinary research.

Text and performance

  • Taught in collaboration with our neighbour RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art).
  • Combines conservatoire based theatre making with rigorous academic inquiry.
  • Includes input from the most innovative theatre artists, thinkers and industry leaders.

theatre Directing

  • Students can work with theatre actors, writers and designers with an in-depth exploration of the foundations needed for working directors in the entertainment industry.
  • Take advantage of secondment opportunities and extended mentorships throughout your studies with the possibility of assisting full productions.
  • Learn from professionals across the sector including practitioners from the Royal Shakespeare Company, Lyric Theatre Hammersmith and Royal Exchange Manchester to name a few.


  • Study literature, art, science and politics of a fascinating century that continues to influence and shape our own.
  • Read and discuss the work of a range of Victorian writers and thinkers including Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Oscar Wilde, Karl Marx, Charles Darwin.
  • Pursue your own interests in nineteenth-century literature and culture with the support of world-leading scholars in the field and become part of the internationally renowned Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies.

Browse all our postgraduate courses.