Research course

English Literature

University of Bristol · Department of English

Entry requirements

MPhil: An upper second-class degree (or international equivalent). Please note, acceptance will also depend on evidence of your readiness to pursue a research degree. MPhil/PhD: A pass at Master's level (or international equivalent).

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Research in the Department of English brings the core values of our discipline - textual scholarship, critical and theoretical analysis, contextual knowledge - to the dynamic, changing field of literary and cultural study. We cover the full chronological range, from the medieval to the contemporary period, with many colleagues engaged in interdisciplinary research.

We are proud of our significant expertise in medieval, early modern, romantic and Victorian literature; in poetry; in reception history; in modern literary theory; and in contemporary writing. New appointments in areas including postcolonial writing, modern and contemporary American writing, black British writing, medical humanities, digital humanities, women's writing and gender studies, and Welsh and Anglo-Welsh writing, bear witness to our appetite for growth and diversity, and we foster doctoral research both within the department and in collaboration with other departments at Bristol and beyond.

Information for international students

Fees and funding

UK students
Full time: £4,185 Part time: £2,093
International students

The University of Bristol is part of the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW DTP), which will be offering studentships for September 2017. For information on other funding opportunities, please see the Faculty of Arts funding pages.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0) 117 331 8458