Research course


UCL - University College London · English Language and Literature

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree in English Literature or a related subject is a pre-requisite for this programme, and a UK Master’s degree in a relevant discipline, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard will normally be required.

Months of entry


Course content

Research in literature covers the full chronological range of English and American Literature, from Anglo-Saxon and Medieval texts to the work of living writers.

As one of the most respected academic institutions in the world, UCL is an excellent place to study for a PhD. As well as the range of materials available for study in the UCL and University of London libraries, studying in central London allows research students access to the widest possible range of material for study, including at the British Library (around ten minutes' walk from the department). Distinguished research in the field of English Language is supported by the presence of the Survey of English Usage within the department, which has recently undertaken the large-scale AHRC-funded project Creating a web-based platform for English language teaching and learning . The PhD has an excellent academic employment rate upon conclusion, with many former UCL English students going on to academic jobs in top universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, and here at UCL.

Department specialisms

Some specialisms among members of staff in which the department would particularly welcome applications are: The History of the English Language Corpus Linguistics London in Literature Old and Middle English Literature and Manuscript Studies Relations between English and Insular and Continental French Writings from the 13th to the 15th Centuries Post-medieval Bibliography and Palaeography History of the Book, Textual and Editorial Theory and Practice in all Periods Shakespeare Studies, including Shakespeare’s London The Literature of the Elizabethan Court Women Writers of the 16th and 17th Centuries Classicism in 17th and 18th Century Literary Culture Literature and Science in the 17th and 18th Centuries Revolutionary Writings in the Romantic Period Freud and Psychoanalysis in Literary Culture Homosexuality and Literary History Literature and Technology in Late 19th-century and Early 20th-century Literature Victorian and Edwardian Writings on Sexuality and Adolescence Contemporary Poetry English Grammar English Language

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
International students
£16,690 (FT) £8,500 (PT)

AHRC grants are available for UK/EU English PhD applicants who are applying to start a research degree in 2015. Applications are made directly to the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP), who administer the awarding of AHRC funding at UCL. AHRC funding covers all fees, as well as providing a stipend for living expenses, for three years. If you have any questions about the application process please contact James Phillips . Three Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities are normally available for PhD students starting in 2015 in the areas of language, history and literature. The Wolfson Scholarship, like the AHRC grant, provides full funding including living expenses for three years. The intention is that Wolfson Scholarships will be awarded to outstanding students who demonstrate the potential to make an impact on their chosen field and are awarded solely on academic merit.

Funding opportunities available for students taking research programmes are available at:

Qualification and course duration


part time
60 months
full time
36 months


full time
36 months
part time
60 months

Course contact details

Mr James Phillips
+44 (0)20 7679 7122
020 7679 3001