About This Course
The MPhil is awarded for a dissertation of not more than 60,000 words and the PhD for a dissertation normally of not more than 100,000 words.
English with specialisations in:
- Other Literature from the Middle Ages and the 16th, 17th, 19th, and 20th centuries.
- English Literature post 1500
- Arthurian literature
- American Literature
- Comparative Literature
- Anglo-Welsh Writing
- Postcolonial Literature
- Gender and Writing
- Travel Writing
- Renaissance Literature
- Modern English and American Drama
- Milton and Literature of the Civil War period
- Contemporary Poetry
- Creative Writing
To apply, send a research proposal of no less than 500 words, accompanied by a proposed bibliography and personal statement outlining your relevant experience (training and research) in your chosen field. To find out more about staff specialisms and supervision in the school, consult the Staff pages.
PhD: 3 years full-time, 6-8 years part-time; MPhil: 2 years full-time, 4-5 years part-time
Visiting academics feature regularly in the school’s research seminars.
We would normally expect students starting a PhD or MPhil to hold a first class or a good second-class degree. In many cases PhD applicants have studied to MA level, though this is not compulsory. Students without an MA are required to follow the research training module offered by the school. We are able to accept students on a distance-learning basis, but they should have already acquired the skills taught in the introductory seminars, or should make arrangements to attend equivalent seminars at another institution, at their own expense.
Students whose first language is not English are expected to have achieved an IELTS score of at least 6.5 with no element below 6.0.
The programme prepares students for a career in higher education, as well as in publishing, arts administration, media research, and a range of related careers.