Students applying for an MA by Research have normally obtained a good (usually Upper Second) undergraduate degree, while students applying for a PhD have either a very good undergraduate degree (First Class) or a postgraduate degree. Work-related experience is also taken into account for registration.
Months of entry
Our principal areas of research expertise include Medieval English (for example, Old English, Chaucer, Langland, Lollard writing, Reformation writing and medievalist writers such as Tolkien ); Early Modern English (for example, Brown, Daniel, Donne, Johnson, Marlowe, Middleton, Shakespeare, Spenser); Restoration, 18th century and the Romantics (for example, Swift, Goldsmith, Johnson, Wordsworth, Pope); and 19th and 20th century research (for example, J.G.Ballard, Conrad, Dickens, T.S.Eliot, Michael Field, Wyndham Lewis, Zadie Smith).
The MA by Research programme requires you to prepare a dissertation of up to 40,000 words on a topic of your choice, for which an academic staff member will provide expert supervision.
The MLitt involves undertaking research on a chosen topic leading to the preparation of a thesis of 60,000 words.
The PhD – the most advanced research degree – leads to a dissertation of up to 80,000 words on a subject of your choice and under the expert supervision of an academic member of staff. You can study for a PhD on campus or by Distance Learning.
Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at one of our on-campus open days (Friday 13 November 2015 and Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays
If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: www.pg.bham.ac.uk
Our work in Medieval English ( for example, Old English, Chaucer, Langland, Lollard writing, Reformation writing and medievalist writers such as Tolkien) extends through medieval literature into concerns with editing, print production, bibliography, manuscript studies, and non-manuscript verbal cultures of the Middle Ages; and also with relations between medieval verbal and visual cultures. In the Early Modern area (for example, Brown, Daniel, Donne, Johnson, Marlowe, Middleton, Shakespeare, Spenser), our focus on drama extends into the reception of the dramatists in later periods, running alongside work on cultures of manuscript, print and 17th century women’s writing. In Restoration, 18th century and Romantics (for example, Swift, Pope, Johnson, Wordsworth, Goldsmith) we focus on reading literary works in their historical and cultural contexts, with special interests in the editing of texts, in language and lexicography, in reception of the medieval, and in gender. Our 19th century, 20th century, and contemporary research (for example, J.G.Ballard, Conrad, Dickens, T.S.Eliot, Michael Field, Wyndham Lewis, Zadie Smith) has a particular focus on the period 1830–1940 (especially Victorianism, Aestheticism and Modernism, literature and science, periodisation, and historiography); and on Postmodernism, Cultural Theory, Postcolonialism and Film (especially psychoanalysis, nationhood, space and place, Black British and British Asian writing, gender and sexualities, and literary and cultural studies). The research themes of materiality of the text (for example, textual editing, history of the book, media history) and gender (for example, women writers, relevant theoretical approaches) can be pursued across all these periods.
Information for international students
English language requirement: 6.5 IELTS or TOEFL equivalent. Not only do international students benefit from research training courses, they also receive support through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School.
Fees and funding
The College of Arts and Law Graduate School at the University of Birmingham has a number of bursaries and scholarships available for full-time postgraduate research programmes . For a full list please visit www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding
Qualification and course duration
MA by research
MLitt by research
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Enquiry Service
- 0121 414 5005