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English and creative writing
Postcolonial and global literatures

Postcolonial and global literatures

Qualifications Duration Start dates Application period
(MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
October January
PhD (MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
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The Postcolonial and Global Literatures Research Group has an international reputation in postcolonial literary studies, and engages with literary works representing colonial, neo-colonial and contemporary global experience. Particular specialisms include the literatures of South and Southeast Asia, Southern Africa, the Caribbean, Britain and West Africa.

The group has been involved in five major externally funded projects The Postcolonial History of the Book, The Indian Ocean: Narratives of Literature and Law, Making Britain: South Asian Visions of Home and Abroad, 1870–1950, Beyond the Frame: Indian-British Connections, 1858–1970 and Planned Violence: Post/colonial Urban Infrastructures and Literature. It has editorial board affiliations with the journals Wasafiri, Journal of Commonwealth Literature and Journal of Postcolonial Writing.

A major recent research project was Alex Tickell’s editing of Volume 10 of the Oxford History of the Novel in English: The Novel in South and South East Asia which was published in 2019. Members of the group, including our postgraduate students, organise regular conferences, seminar series and workshops both in Milton Keynes and the Institute of English Studies, London.

We welcome applications in areas that correspond with current staff research interests.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent). If you are not a UK citizen, you may need to prove your knowledge of English

Potential research projects

We welcome applications to study topics that complement our current research.

Current/recent research projects

  • The Representation and Self-representation of Anglo-Indians in Literature: 1880 to the Present
  • The impact of participating in British counterinsurgency campaigns on British armed forces personnel, 1945–1975 – an interdisciplinary project
  • Gardens in the Writing of Rumer Godden
  • Popular Genre Fiction in Indian Writing in English (IWE): Recent trends in the Indian Literary Marketplace
  • Narrating Modernity: agency, reform and nationhood in Indian women’s writing in English, 1870–1974

Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

UK fee International fee
Full time: £4,500 per year Full time: £11,426 per year
Part time: £2,250 per year Part time: £5,715 per year

Some of our research students are funded via the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership; others are self-funded.

For detailed information about fees and funding, and to see current funded studentship vacancies across all research areas, visit Fees and studentships.


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If you have an enquiry specific to this research topic, please contact:

Dr Molly Ziegler
Email: FASS-EnglishCreativeWriting-Enquiries
Phone: +44 (0)1908 652092

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