English Literature PhD/MA by Research (On-Campus or by Distance Learning)
The Department of English Literature is one of the leading departments for the postgraduate study of English Literature and Culture in the UK, offering expert teaching and research supervision across the full chronological range, from Old English to the present day. We have a commitment to a rich diversity of theoretical, historical and intellectual approaches to our subjects.
The University has been ranked 36th in the World for English Language & Literature by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021.
The MA by Research programme requires you to prepare a dissertation of up to 40,000 words on a topic of your choice, for which an academic staff member will provide expert supervision.
The PhD – the most advanced research degree – leads to a dissertation of up to 80,000 words on a subject of your choice and under the expert supervision of an academic member of staff.
Research interests of staff include:
Research in the Department of English Literature takes place across medieval, early modern, eighteenth century, nineteenth century, and modern and contemporary literature and culture. The diverse research interests and approaches of the department ensure a vibrant and dynamic research community. A summary of our key research areas, and staff working within those, can be found below.
For full research interests of staff, please read our staff profiles or visit the 'Research' tab on the course page.