Research course

English Language and Literature

Loughborough University · Department of English and Drama

Entry requirements

A good degree or equivalent experience. Please include a detailed research proposal with your application, giving the title of your research, the degree for which it is intended, and a description of your topic (300-700 words). You should include: the basic question forming the core of your enquiry; a summary of the overall scope of your topic; information on the methods you will adopt; a set of chapter headings, with a short outline of each chapter's likely content; a bibliography; a plan of work with the separate stages of your research.

Months of entry

December, October, July, April

Course content

The Department is a thriving and supportive research community with a proven record of publications of international excellence. Research students: share the Department's own postgraduate room which has several networked computers; are provided with photocopying and inter-library loan facilities; have a supervisor with expertise in the selected research area and a Director of Research to provide additional guidance and pastoral support; join one or more of three Departmental research groups, depending on their area of research; are invited to attend regular Departmental research seminars; can apply for assistance with funding for conferences; may have the opportunity for paid undergraduate teaching.

Department specialisms

Early-modern literature; texts in performance; women's writing; nineteenth-century literature; modernism; contemporary writing; postcolonial writing; American literature and film; linguistics.; Shakespeare.

Information for international students

Loughborough University offers a number of scholarships to full-time international students. Contact:

Fees and funding

Several of our students have been successful in applying to the AHRC; others have been successful in winning Faculty and University Studentships each year. In addition the Department offers bursaries of £1,000 per annum to all self-financed full-time postgraduates, and £500 per annum to all self-financed part-time postgraduates.

Qualification and course duration


part time
60 months
full time
36 months


part time
36 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0) 1509 222 496