Research course


Oxford Brookes University · Department of English and Modern Languages

Entry requirements

We normally require either a good honours degree or a masters degree in a relevant subject. If it has been some time since your first degree we also give weight to other evidence of your research potential and to your work experience. If you want to do research in a subject other than that of your first degree, or if you have been out of formal higher education for a number of years, you may consider that the School's MA Programme would be a better first step than applying directly to do a research degree.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

Doctoral study encompassing English Literature, Drama and Creative Writing.

We have a reputation for innovation and excellence in teaching and research and consistently rank as one of the leading English departments in the country. Excellent programmes and teaching. Staff are experts in their fields. Their books and research shape the future of English Literature nationally and internationally.

We offer a broad ranging curriculum encouraging covering literary all periods of literary history from the Renaissance to the present.

Department specialisms

20th century poetry; Irish writing; Modernist drama; Witchcraft in the 19th century; John Clare and eco-criticism; Sir Walter Scott; Ben Jonson; Theatre and science; Utopia; Contemporary literature; Thomas More; Modernist poetry; Stylistics; Creativity; Franz Kafka; Victorian religion; Literature and war

Information for international students

If your first language is not English, you must satisfy our English language requirements by providing us with evidence of a minimum: IELTS 7.0; TOEFL paper-based 600; TOEFL computer-based 250+; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) grade A or B.

Fees and funding

Funding opportunities can be found at: Finance

Qualification and course duration


part time
48-72 months
full time
36-60 months


full time
24-60 months
part time
36-72 months


part time
36-48 months
full time
24-36 months

Course contact details

Professor Nicole Pohl
+44 (0) 1865 484998