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Research opportunities in the Department of English and Related Literature

  • Awaiting Funding Decision/Possible External Funding
    Awaiting Funding Decision/Possible External Funding

Profile Description

The Department of English and Related Literature is a world-leading department. One of the UK's largest graduate schools, we are proud to have built a welcoming, international community with a global outlook.

Our staff are leaders in their fields, and we provide exceptional supervisory support, as well as a dynamic and supportive environment in which to pursue your studies. You'll have access to outstanding research resources, including our superb library and archive facilities, our custom-built Humanities Research Centre, and our renowned interdisciplinary research centres.

Why us?

  • The only UK English department to receive a score of 100% for research environment in REF 2014
  • Highest proportion of world-leading 4* research among UK English departments (REF 2014)
  • Ranked 24th in the world by QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019, and 3rd in the UK by The Times / Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019
  • Unparalleled research resources, including the Borthwick Institute for Archives, King's Manor Library, York Minster Library and the nearby British Library Document Supply Centre at Boston Spa
  • A number of prominent journals and book series are edited from the Department, including Studies in the Early Middle Ages, Shakespeare Quarterly, the Journal of Victorian Culture, and the Journal of Commonwealth Literature
  • Our PhD graduates have a superb record of going on to successful academic careers, or pursuing alternative career paths which make the most of their skills as researchers, writers, and critics

Research in the Department is split into four schools covering Medieval, Renaissance, Eighteenth Century/Romantic and Modern time periods, though we welcome research that disrupts these period divides. We possess significant research expertise in the literature and language of other cultures, from ancient Greece to contemporary Pakistan, and our theoretical commitments take in everything from disability studies to theology, and from narrative studies to ecocriticism and animal studies. Our wide-ranging expertise encompasses the full array of genres, from drama, prose and poetry to film, television, Instapoetry, computer games and material culture.

We offer:

  • A diverse programme of research seminars, conferences and public lectures from world-leading academics and writers, from within the department and across the globe
  • Dedicated research training for all research students, which includes planning and writing your thesis, using resources (both electronic and printed), handling research data, delivering conference presentations, preparing and submitting material for publication and career development
  • The opportunity to undertake skills classes in modern languages, palaeography, bibliography, and classical and medieval Latin
  • A range of funded studentships, including Doctoral Training Programmes and Collaborative Doctoral Awards

What next?

Check that your research interests align with the expertise of a member of our staff. Once you've identified a potential supervisor, please contact them before applying to discuss your application and potential research areas.

Complete an application.

Contact us

+44 (0)1904 323366

Research degrees in the Department of English and Related Literature
Research in the Department of English and Related Literature
Department of English and Related Literature


Funding for research degrees

Funding Notes

This programme is waiting to confirm funding from a university or external source. This may depend on attracting suitable students and applications are welcome. Please see the programme details for more information.

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

FTE Category A staff submitted: 36.01

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

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