Research course


Queen Mary, University of London · School of English and Drama

Entry requirements

Your previous academic qualifications and other relevant experience will be taken into account when your application is assessed. While each application is assessed on its merits, applicants are normally expected to hold a good undergraduate degree (a solid 2.1 or above) and a master’s degree (usually with an average of 65 or above, preferably with elements of distinction) in fields related to your proposed area of PhD research.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The Department of English supervises research degrees in a broad range of areas, from classical literature to contemporary writing and theory. We have particular expertise in enabling students to locate their chosen topic of literary research within an interdisciplinary framework.

All doctoral candidates within the Department benefit from a system of double-supervision, meaning that you will be offered the advice and input of a primary and a secondary supervisor. We are also able to arrange joint-supervision of dissertations (effectively providing two primary supervisors), both within the Department of English and in collaboration with staff from other departments at Queen Mary. All members of the Department of English are established scholars in their fields, and many have achieved international standing and repute.

As well as working closely on a one-to-one level with leading academic researchers, reading for a PhD at Queen Mary will involve you in the wider intellectual community of the Department. Of particular note is the long-running Queen Mary Research Seminar, a weekly event that is convened and chaired by doctoral students. In addition, members of the Department organise and participate in a host of reading groups and seminars both in the College and across London. For further information about postgraduate life in the Department of English, visit our Graduate Life at Queen Mary pages; find out about seminars and reading groups in the Research area of our website.

Department specialisms

Feminism, Women's Writing and Feminist Theory; Cultural History and Theory; Intellectual History; Medieval Studies; Rethinking Modernity; Theatre History; Romanticism; Feminism; Cultural Studies; Contemporary Poetry; Modernism; Renaissance; Performance

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards, college research studentships

Qualification and course duration


full time
18 months

Course contact details

Graduate Studies Administrator
+44 (0)20 7882 7354