Research course


Ulster University · Art and Design Research Institute

Entry requirements

A first or upper 2nd-class honours degree in a relevant subject area (or equivalent qualification).

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

The department of English at UU is based on the Coleraine Campus and forms part of the School of English and History in the Faculty of Arts. It has increasingly established itself as a vibrant and diverse centre for the study of English literature and culture and is host to an active and thriving body of postgraduate students. Individual scholars within the department are engaged in an extensive range of research fields which maintain and enhance the broader scholarly practice of English Studies across the globe, from Renaissance and Victorian literature and culture, through to Modern, Contemporary, and Creative Writing, as well as Critical Theory. Several of the researchers working in these areas also distinctively contribute to a significant sub-group focus on the study and intellectual endorsement of Irish Literature, which is also strongly and widely represented in the department�s teaching practice.

The value of the department�s research as a whole is further nationally and internationally recognised by the numerous monograph publications produced by English staff with scholarly presses, as well as the frequent output of articles in highly ranked academic journals. The department also regularly supports and hosts major conferences and symposia, as well as the appointment of eminent visiting scholars. This is most recently evident in the appointment of Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet, Paul Muldoon, as Visiting Professor (2010-14) to the School of English and History. During 2011/12, Professor Muldoon delivered a series of creative writing workshops for the department�s undergraduate students, as well as a public reading of his work, and a lecture on the poetry of Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop for the English Research Seminar series.

Research in the department is largely managed and administered by the Arts and Humanities Research Institute (AHRI). Staff in English comprise one of four Research Clusters, alongside History, Music, and Languages, which constitute the AHRI. The Institute encourages and sustains an energetic research culture across all four subjects and offers an inter-disciplinary environment to scholars working in a variety of different research areas. In order to consolidate existing links, attract further funding, and encourage collaboration across the Faculty within Irish Studies, the Institute will also be launching a Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies in 2013.

Department specialisms

Irish Literature and Bibliography; Bibliographical and Editorial Work in Irish and Anglo-Irish Literature; Literary History especially 18th-20th Centuries

Information for international students

International students should visit the university's website ( or contact the university and ask to be sent an international studies handbook.

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Dr Frank Ferguson
+44 (0)28 7012 3577