Entry requirements

To apply for our English PhD research degree you should have, or expect to be awarded, a Masters degree in a relevant English literary or linguistic field from a British or overseas university. Exceptional applicants without a Master's degree, but holding a first class Bachelors degree in English, may be considered dependent upon the academic coherence and promise of their research proposal, and its consonance with the academic expertise of the School. We also welcome enquiries from potential PhD researchers without formal academic qualifications but with appropriate levels of professional experience.

Months of entry


Course content

The English research degree is led by Dr Anthony Howe and is supported by a team of supervisors with specialisms and expertise across a wide range of interests.

We particularly welcome your PhD enquiry for our English PhD research degree within the following areas of interest:

  • Creative writing
  • English linguistics
  • English literature
  • Drama and theatre studies

Please complete our initial PhD enquiry containing a brief overview of your PhD research proposal.

Department specialisms

The Long Eighteenth Century (Literature 1660-1830), The History of English, English Lexical Semantics, Literary Theory (any period), 20th-Century and Late Victorian Texts, 17th-Century and 18th-Century Texts, Shakespearean Texts.

Information for international students

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

Fees and funding

Refer to website

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
full time
36 months
distance learning
48 months

Course contact details

PhD Enquiries
+44 (0)121 331 5517