Research course

English Literature

Cardiff University · English Literature

Entry requirements

See our website for details.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

The PhD programme in English Literature at Cardiff offers the opportunity to pursue doctoral research in a range of canonical and newly-emergent areas of study, from a focus on traditional authors and periods to more recent developments in the fields of cultural theory, gender criticism, eco-theory and digital humanities.

The programme is distinguished by the provision of a number of key engagement platforms for research intended to foster conversation between students at all levels and across disciplines. These engagement platforms and public seminars include:

  • CEIR (Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research)
  • CRECS (Cardiff Romanticism and Eighteenth-Century Seminar)
  • MEMORI (Medieval and Early Modern Research Initiative)
  • Cardiff Poetry Experiment and Cardiff Book Talk.

Additionally, the School of English Literature, Communication and Philosophy runs a student-led annual postgraduate research conference for English Literature, Creative Writing, Critical and Cultural Theory and Philosophy, intended to foster interdisciplinary debate and develop individual research and employability skills, all of which we see as key to the success of the PhD programme in English Literature at Cardiff.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
60 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)29 2087 0084