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MResCreative writing

Research opportunities

We offer an MRes in creative writing.

You can study the MRes full-time, over a year, or part-time over two years.

You'll create a piece of imaginative writing in collaboration with a successful, published author.

You can specialise in one of these genres:

  • poetry
  • fiction
  • imaginative non-fiction

The length of your project can be negotiated with your supervisor, but will usually be around 30,000 words. This includes 5,000 words of personal reflection on your writing.

You'll also take a research skills methods with other postgraduates in the department of English. This gives you the chance to socialise with students on other courses and to learn how to present your work in public.

Your project should show:

  • understanding and consistency in your project and its accompanying critical analysis.
  • a good understanding of the genre developed and appraised
  • the use of relevant and appropriate language to the genre developed and appraised
  • a clear understanding of narrative or other formal strategies adopted
  • awareness of literary / historical / theoretical context appropriate to the project.
  • clarity, economy of expression, avoidance of vague generalisations.
  • evidence of independent thought and imagination


David Kinloch

Areas of expertise:

  • creative writing: poetry collections
  • ekphrasis
  • minority translation studies 

Andrew Meehan

Areas of expertise:

  • fiction (the novel and the short story)
  • screenwriting (including adaptation)

Fees & funding


All fees quoted are per academic year unless otherwise stated.

2019/20 entrants may be subject to a small fee during the writing up period.

Scotland/ EU

  • £4,327

Rest of UK

  • £4,327

International students

  • £13,000 (full-time)


Our postgraduate students are eligible to apply for doctoral studentships from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Students have also competed successfully for the Carnegie-Caledonian PhD scholarships and for the University’s Tranche studentships. The details for these schemes can be found on the websites of the Graduate Schoolthe Scottish Graduate School for the Arts and Humanities and the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland.

Have a look at out our scholarship search for any funding opportunities available.

Postgraduate research opportunities

Search for all funded and non-funded postgraduate research opportunities.

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year.

How can I apply?

You can apply for a postgraduate research degree at any point in the year.

All you have to do is complete an online application.

Entry requirements


The application

During the application you'll be asked for the following:

  • your full contact details
  • transcripts and certificates of all degrees
  • proof of English language proficiency if you're applying as an international student
  • two references, one of which must be academic
  • funding or scholarship information
  • research proposal of 250 to 1,000 words in length, detailing the subject area and topic to be investigated

By filling these details out as fully as possible, you'll avoid any delay to your application being processed by the University.


You'll need to identify your research supervisor before you finalise your application, preferably as soon as possible.

We have two research supervisors for you to choose from:

David Kinloch

David's research focuses on poetry and translation.

What's next?

When you've identified a potential supervisor, based upon how well your research interests match theirs, drop them an email to introduce yourself.

In the email, make sure you attach a draft of your research proposal along with a copy of your CV.

Don't worry about how rough your research proposal may be at this stage - you'll have help from the School of Humanities to refine it.

If your chosen supervisor if available to work with you, they'll confirm this and nominate a potential second supervisor.

As soon as a second supervisor is confirmed, an offer of study will be sent to you through Pegasus; our online application system.

If you accept our offer, you'll then be sent a full offer in writing via the email address you provide.

Accepting an offer

Once you've accepted our offer, we'll need you to fulfil any academic, administrative or financial conditions that we ask.

UK or EU students

If you're applying as a UK or EU student, you'll then be issued with your registration documentation.

You can apply for a postgraduate research degree at any point in the year.

All you have to do is complete an online application.

Support & development

The Graduate School

The Graduate School is a friendly and supportive study environment for all our research students studying subjects within Humanities & Social Sciences.

Our staff will support you through our studies and you'll become part of a community of students who get involved with our workshops, seminars and competitions.

Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PgCert RPD)

Our PgCert RPD programme aims to ensure you get the most out of your current research activities at Strathclyde and help you prepare for your future career as a researcher.

We'll help you recognise and develop your transferable skills that'll have a positive impact on your research, now and in the future.

Find out more about the PG Cert RPD programme.


We have a great careers service at Strathclyde that can help you with everything from writing your CV to interview preparation.

Student support

From financial advice to our IT facilities, we have loads of different support for all students here at our University. Get all the information you need at Strathlife.

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