Research course

English, Languages and Literature

Ulster University · Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

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 English subject at Ulster University forms part of the School of English and History in the Faculty of Arts. It is a vibrant and diverse centre for the study of English literature and culture and hosts 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 Early Modern, Eighteenth Century 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 focus on the study and intellectual endorsement of Irish Literature, which is also strongly and widely represented in the department’s teaching practice.

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

Further details of qualification

Students enrol in programme of work leading to the degree of PhD or MPhil. Award of the degree is subject to academic progress which is assessed formally throughout the 2- to 6-year study period, including by formal examination following submission of the thesis.

Course contact details

Dr Frank Ferguson
+44 (0)28 7012 3577