Research course


Lancaster University · English Literature and Creative Writing

Entry requirements

An MA in English Literature (closely related disciplines will also be considered on a case-by-case basis) and a viable research proposal.

Months of entry


Course content

Entry to our MPhil/PhD courses is for those who have already demonstrated potential for independent study at MA level. We accept proposals in all literary fields, but are particularly interested in matching students with the expertise in our research centres and among our staff.

Students are offered excellent support and training, both through regular meetings with their supervisors and dedicated seminars and workshops (at both Departmental and Faculty level).

Department specialisms

19th Century Studies The Department has many colleagues who work in and across ‘the long nineteenth century’, with particular strengths in Romanticism, literature and location, science, visual culture and religion. Renaissance and Early Modern Literature Staff specialisms include feminist approaches to Shakespeare, women’s writing, radical religious sects and translations into English. Women’s Writing and Feminist Theory With long standing links to the University’s Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies (now based in the Department of Sociology) colleagues based in English and Creative Writing have wide ranging interests in feminist theory and women’s writing. 20th Century Literature and Cultural Theory The Department is at the forefront of cutting-edge research into contemporary literature and literary theory from gothic and science fiction to postcolonial writing and posthumanism.

Information for international students

IELTS: Overall IELTS of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each element.

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Coordinator
+44 (0)1524 593089
+44 (0)1524 594247