English Literature PhD

This research-led programme enables you to study one of our specialist areas of literature which ranges in period from the medieval to the contemporary. You will benefit from expert supervision and join our thriving School with an energetic, creative and well-resourced research culture.

We normally offer supervision in the following areas:

  • Medieval literature
  • Renaissance and early modern literature
  • Eighteenth century and Romantic period literature and culture
  • Victorian literature
  • Fin-de-siècle and modernism
  • Postcolonial literatures
  • American literature and culture
  • Children’s literature
  • Theatre studies.

You can see the range of research topics our current students are working on.

We encourage the use of the archival opportunities offered by our various partner institutions, including the Seven Stories Centre for the Children's Book, the Wordsworth Trust (Dove Cottage), and the Keats-Shelley House in Rome.

Our Postgraduate Speaker Series, lunchtime Postgraduate Forum seminars, and annual postgraduate conference organised by our postgraduate students all offer you opportunities to network with fellow students and staff and become part of our School research community. You can also take part in a range of university and regional research groups and centres.

Quality and Ranking

We rank in the top 150 for English Language and Literature - QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.

Delivery

Your work will focus on a single, sustained piece of writing and research. The MPhil thesis is a maximum of 50,000 words and the PhD thesis is a maximum of 100,000 words. You will be assigned a supervisor or a supervisory team who you will meet on a regular basis. Your supervisor will be able to give you advice on reading, research training, help you use our research facilities and support you in the development of your work. Our research training programme will support you with researcher development training throughout the programme.

You will be taught and based on our Newcastle campus, although there are opportunities to carry out work with our partner institutions.

Facilities

The School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics is a lively and diverse community with over 700 undergraduates and 200 postgraduates.

We are based in the Percy Building where the majority of your seminars and tutorials will take place. Our purpose-built postgraduate suite includes several dedicated computer clusters, meeting rooms, a kitchen and lounge area.

You also have access to the award-winning Philip Robinson Library, which has an extensive audio-visual collection.

You will also be part of the rich research culture in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and may participate in and lead events for our research groups.

See How to Applytab in the Programme information in our online Prospectus.

PhD, MPhil Award
Full-time, Part-time Study Mode
12 months Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in English. PhD applicants also require a master's degree.

International Students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 9 English Language requirements:

Direct Entry: IELTS 7.0 overall (with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 6.0 in all other sub-skills) 

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.

The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.

Pre-sessional English Language Course Requirements

  • 6 week Pre-sessional entry:Not accepted         
  • 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)   

You can study a pre-sessional English course at our INTO London Centre.

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