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English PhD Programme

  • Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

Profile Description

As a PhD student in the School of English, you will be studying and researching in one of the largest and the most successful English departments in the UK. You will be an active researcher in a thriving research enviornment, joining a community of world-leading researchers who are pushing the boundaries of literary and linguistic study.

We have over fifty academic staff, each of them experts in their field and with many years of experience in research supervision. Our cutting-edge research interests extend from the Gothic to applied linguistics, and from animal studies to site-specific performance. We are actively engaged in interdisciplinary centres and networks which extend well beyond the School of English.

You will have access to state of the art library facilities, both on campus and further afield, as well as dedicated postgraduate study space within the School of English. We encourage our PhD students to get involved in the many reading groups, research seminars and academic conferences which we host each year. The School of English delivers a range of activities that spans teaching, research and public engagement. These, together with our extensive programme of events, add an extra, vibrant dimension to life in the School.

Find out more about our research specialisms and our research projects, as well as information on how to apply, on the School of English website.

About the School of English

Creative, critical, civic-minded and collaborative, the School of English at the University of Sheffield is one of the largest and most successful English departments in the UK. We are an interdisciplinary department, bringing together the study of literature, language, linguistics, theatre, film and creative writing to form a community that is unique in the world in its breadth and depth of study of the English language.

We have a thriving research environment, with world-leading experts conducting cutting-edge research across the full spectrum of English studies. We also have the largest group of researchers in the UK working on the intersection of language and literature. In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), we were ranked number 1 in the UK for research environment.

The interdisciplinary nature of the School of English provides unique opportunities for cross-departmental and collaborative research. A selection of our centres for research demonstrates the breadth of our interests: Centre for Linguistic Research; Centre for the History of the Gothic; Centre for Poetry and Poetics; Literary Linguistics Research Cluster; Sheffield Animals Research Colloquium; Sheffield Centre for Research in Film; Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies. For a full list, please see our website

We maintain strong links with our local community, using our research to inform and support projects that have a real-world impact in our city and region, as well as nationally and globally.

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities is recognised for our world class research, our diverse range of research centres and our highly employable postgraduates. We explore, share and recreate expressions of the human experience and are known for our interdisciplinary and diverse approaches, our extensive public engagement and collaborative work, and our innovations in the digital humanities.

Our track record for research excellence attracts students from across the world to pursue original research and contribute to the advancement of our knowledge and understanding of the world, its past and present, and its many and varied cultures.

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

How good is research at University of Sheffield in English Language and Literature?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 39.05

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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