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PhD supervision

English and Creative Writing at the University of Chichester is part of the thriving research culture. Research students benefit from training sessions and reading groups aimed at postgraduates, and also have the opportunity to attend the annual programme of visiting national and international speakers.

Postgraduate students are supervised by active researchers who regularly publish in prestigious academic journals, write textbooks and monographs, and speak at international and national conferences. Students can also benefit from the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tale and Fantasy, Thresholds, the International Short Story Forum, and the South Coast Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Research Group (SCERRG), all of which aim to provide a dynamic research environment for students working in those fields.

The English and Creative Writing Department offers programmes of study leading to the award of the higher degrees of MPhil (circa 50,000 words) and PhD (circa 80,000 words). These programmes are available as full-time and part-time study options. As well as the MPhil or PhD in Creative Writing, candidates may consider the possibility of a joint critical/creative an MPhil or PhD in English and Creative Writing.

Expert supervision for these is available in the following areas:

  • Creative writing (contemporary fiction, poetry and drama)
  • Shakespeare and Early modern drama
  • Romantic and eighteenth-Century women’s writing
  • Eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century novel
  • Children’s literature
  • Fantasy literature
  • Twentieth Century literatures
  • Contemporary  literature
  • Post colonialism
  • Critical Theory
  • Ecocriticism

For further details please contact Prof Fiona Price

Research Supervisors

Prof Simon Barker 

​Status: MA, PhD

Specialisms: Shakespeare, cultural history, literature and the performing arts of the Tudor and early-Stuart period. Representations of military conflict in literature and film 

Dr Rachel Crossland

Contact details: Tel: +44 (0)1243 816178 Email: 

Web Profile: Dr Rachel Crossland

Status: MA, PhD

Specialisms: Science and Literature

Dr Isla Duncan

Contact details: Tel: +44 (0)1243 816165 Email: 

Web Profile: Dr Isla Duncan

Status: BA, MA, MPhil, PhD, PGCE

Specialisms: Canadian Women's Writing; Discourse Analysis and Critical Linguistics 

Dr Hugh Dunkerley

Contact details: Tel: +44 (0)1243 816186 Email:

Web Profile: Dr Hugh Dunkerley

​Status: BA, MA, PhD, PGCE

Specialisms: Creative Writing; Contemporary Poetry; Ecocriticism.

Dr Naomi Foyle

Web profile: Dr Naomi Foyle

​Status: BA, PhD

Specialism: Contemporary Poetry & The Ballad; SFF; Middle Eastern Literature; Eco-literature; feminism

Professor Hugo Frey

Contact details: Tel: +44 (0)1243 816200 Email:

Web Profile: Professor Hugo Frey

​Status: BA, MA, PhD

Specialisms: Graphic Narrative (Comics and Graphic Novels); Outsider Art and Writing; Cinema; American Visual Culture; French Literature and Society.

Dr Miles Leeson

Web profile: Dr Miles Leeson

Status: BA, DPhil

Specialism: Contemporary British and European Fiction, Interdisciplinary studies, Philosophy, Ethics and the Novel.

Dr Stephanie Norgate

Contact details: Tel +44 (0)1243 816296 Email:

Web profile: Dr Stephanie Norgate

​Status: BA

Specialism: Contemporary Drama & Poetry; Creative Writing: Drama & Poetry

Prof Alison MacLeod 

Contact details: Tel: +44 (0)1243 816297 Email:

Web profile: Dr Alison MacLeod

​Status: BA, MA, PhD

Specialism: The Contemporary Novel; Creative Writing: the novel; the short story

Prof Benjamin Noys 

Contact details:Tel: +44 (0)1243 816405 Email:

Web profile: Dr Benjamin Noys

​Status: BSc, MA, DPhil

Specialism: Contemporary European Philosophy & Psychoanalysis; cultural politics of the image; American Literature & European literature in translation 

Dr Paul Quinn  

Web profile: Dr Paul Quinn

​Status: MA, DPhil

Specialism: Early Modern theatre; Medieval & Early Modern religious discourse; Early Modern Sussex; Detective Fiction  

Prof Fiona Price

Contact details: Tel: +44 (0)1243 816326 Email:

Web profile: Dr Fiona Price

Status: BA, MA, PhD

Specialism: Eighteenth-century Women's Writing; Romanticism; The Gothic; the historical novel 

Dr Duncan Salkeld

Contact details: Tel: +44 (0)1243 816184 Email:

Web profile: Dr Duncan Salkeld

​Status: BA, MA, PhD

Specialism: Shakespeare and Renaissance Studies

David Swann 

Contact details:Tel: +44 (0)1243 816334 Email:

Web profile: David Swann

​Status: BA, MA

Specialism: Contemporary Poetry; Creative Writing: the short story; poetry 

Stavroula Varella  

Contact details:Tel: +44 (0)1243 816165 Email:

Web profile: Stavroula Varella 

​Status: BA, PhD

Specialism: Historical linguistics; Sociolinguistics; Language contact; Lexicology