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Taught MA in English

The MA in English provides intensive tuition in postgraduate literary studies and also develops the skills required for independent literary research. The first two-thirds of the MA comprises course work, and the final third a mini-dissertation. To get an idea of the level of work involved and the approach taken on this MA, see the introductory material and set texts for MA English Part 1 (A815).

PhD Degrees in English

The Department welcomes applications for full-time and part-time PhDs in English and Creative Writing. The deadline for applications for full- and part-time 2017 entry is 11 January 2017 - 12:00.

The Department offers PhD supervision in the areas of the five Research Groups –  Book History, Postcolonial Literatures, Contemporary Cultures of Writing, The Romantic Period, and Literature and Music – as well as in any area of English or Creative Writing that matches the research expertise of individual staff members. Please consult individual staff profiles for further information.

Discover more Postgraduate News and Events, including details of successfully completed PhDs and of publications by current and recent PhD students.

How to apply

Details of the application procedure are available from the Research Degrees website.

Detailed advice on how to produce a research proposal is also available online. Key issues to bear in mind from the start include the fact that a PhD should be 'an original contribution to knowledge' - so you need to check existing scholarship in your field. Second of all, as how to produce a research proposal indicates, it is always useful to have research questions guiding your enquiry.

For PhD proposals with a Creative Writing focus, see the specific information and guidance.

Funding Opportunities for Postgraduate Research

There are a number of Funding Opportunities for Postgraduate Research Students. These include the Faculty Studentships and AHRC CHASE PhD Studentships.


Please contact the Postgraduate Admissions Tutor:
Phone: +44 (0)1908 652092.