Research course

Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Literatures

Open University · Department of English

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) and an MA (or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

The English discipline at The Open University supports research in a wide range of different aspects of 20th-century and contemporary writing. These include individual author studies, critical and cultural theory, biography, world literature and debates around globalisation, and range across genres. Several staff have specific interests in creative writing, supported by the Contemporary Cultures of Writing Research Group and Wasafiri, the Arts Council-funded magazine of international contemporary writing. Further subjects are covered by research strengths in the history of the book, material cultures, and colonial and postcolonial literatures.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
      part time
      72 months

      Course contact details

      Dr Fiona Doloughan
      +44 (0)1908 652092