We would normally expect students starting a PhD or MPhil to hold a first class or a good second-class degree. In many cases PhD applicants have studied to MA level, though this is not compulsory. Students without an MA are required to follow the research training module offered by the school. We are able to accept students on a distance-learning basis, but they should have already acquired the skills taught in the introductory seminars, or should make arrangements to attend equivalent seminars at another institution, at their own expense.
Months of entry
Course contentThe MPhil is awarded for a dissertation of not more than 60,000 words and the PhD for a dissertation normally of not more than 100,000 words. Research may be carried out in the main fields of English literature post-1500; Arthurian literature; American literature; Comparative literature or interdisciplinary studies. Staff specialisms include: Anglo-Welsh writing (especially R.S. Thomas); Postcolonial Literature; Gender and Writing; Autobiography; Travel Writing; Romanticism; Renaissance Literature; Modern English and American Drama; Milton and Literature of the Civil War period; Modernism; Contemporary Poetry; other literature from the middle Ages, and the 16th, 17th, 19th and 20th centuries.
Information for international students
Students whose first language is not English are expected to have achieved an IELTS score of at least 7.0 with no element below 6.5.
Qualification and course duration
PhD by taught
Course contact details
- Director of Graduate Studies
- 01248 383044