Research course


Royal Holloway, University of London · Department of English

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to be awarded, a good masters level degree in english.

Months of entry


Course content

Research by staff in the English department commands a leading position on the global stage. All staff are actively engaged in research which is shaping the discipline. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, we are recognised for our outstanding research environment, achieving the second highest score on this measure for work of the highest (4*) quality, judged to be 'world-leading'.

We have remarkable research strengths across the historical breadth of English Literature with textual scholars, cultural and literary historians, theorists, working in the following areas: Medieval Studies; Shakespeare and Renaissance; 17th and 18th Century Literature and Culture; 19th Century Literature; 20th and 21st Century Literature and Theory. Additionally, and unique at Royal Holloway, is the growing school of creative writers and artists of both staff and students who work at the challenging interface between the creative and the critical, stimulating innovative reflection on practice and finding new readers and audiences through Creative Writing and Practice-based Research. Our researchers are leading in their fields and invite opportunities to work with new research students.

Department specialisms

There are also thriving research interests in medieval literature, eighteenth century literature, modernism, postmodernism and post-colonialism.

Information for international students

Foreign students welcome subject to demonstrable linguistic competence.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Department of English
+44 (0)1784 443215