Taught course


Bangor University · School of English
PhD by taughtMPhil

Entry requirements

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 content

The 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

part time
72-96 months
full time
36 months


full time
24 months
part time
48-60 months

Course contact details

Director of Graduate Studies
01248 383044