Research course

English Literature

Cardiff University · English Literature

Entry requirements

Suitable for graduates in English Literature and Humanities. A First or upper Second class UK honours degree, or equivalent is required. Students who have not completed an MA or a research training methods course normally follow the first two terms of the taught MA while reading for their PhD thesis. Applications for research degrees should be accompanied by a research proposal (approximately 1000 words). This should include a draft title, rationale (the relevance and value of the research at this time), objectives, research questions and research methods. Applications for English Literature should also include a writing sample of no more than 4,000 words. A minimum standard in English language of IELTS 7.0 or equivalent will be required for students whose first language is not English.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

  • A highly successful programme with a flourishing postgraduate community
  • A dynamic interdisciplinary research culture with a variety of seminar series running throughout the academic year
  • A wide range of research training opportunities, including a thesis workshop programme and support for giving papers at conferences
  • PhD students are encouraged to publish.
  • Full-time PhD students are allocated study spaces with computing facilities, networked information and access to email and the internet
  • The School makes funding available each year for PGR students who wish to attend conferences/undertake library or archive visits in order to assist with their PhD studies

We offer a full range of expertise, but the following areas are of particular strength:

  • Old English and Old Norse studies
  • Robin Hood Studies
  • Chaucer and Medieval Literature
  • Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature
  • Literature and Culture of the Long Eighteenth Century
  • The Gothic
  • Romanticism
  • Jane Austen
  • Victorian Literature
  • Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Literature
  • Postcolonial Literature
  • African American Literature
  • Irish Literature
  • Welsh Literature written in English
  • Women's Writing
  • Literature, Gender and Sexuality
  • Literature and Slavery
  • Crime Fiction
  • Literature and Law
  • Literature and Visual Cultures
  • Editing and Adaptation
  • The History of the Book

More information about staff and their research areas is available on the School's website.

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Information for international students

International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

Fees and funding

AHRC, ESRC, ORS, one-year School bursaries allocated on a competitive basis.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months


full time
12-24 months

Course contact details

ENCAP Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)29 2087 0322