Entry requirements

Learn more at the entry requirements page.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

We welcome applications for research in all areas of English studies. Academic staff in the Department currently supervise over 80 research students.

All members of staff are active researchers and their interests as a whole encompass all the varieties of Anglophone culture not only in Britain, but in the US and elsewhere. This variety is reflected in the range of topics currently being studied by students, from poetry to drama, novels to films, medieval manuscripts to the internet, and from creative and life writing to the study of panoramas and magic lantern shows. It is also reflected in the number of research and reading groups organised by students and staff and by the number of conferences, talks and guest lectures that take place each year.

At the heart of the Department’s diversity is a common commitment to the intellectual development and welfare of all our postgraduate students and to cultural history and theory in their broadest sense. There is a special emphasis in the Department on interdisciplinarity – the deployment of approaches from disciplines such as history, sociology, politics, economics and linguistics alongside the theories and practices belonging to literary, film and cultural studies. It is this mix that enables the Department, its academic staff and its graduate students to offer supervisory expertise in social theory, gender studies, feminist theory, popular culture and film studies as well as in transatlantic and post-colonial studies and all forms of literature from the medieval to the contemporary.

The PhD programme provides the opportunity for you to participate in the Department’s highly successful teaching assistantship scheme. The scheme offers incoming PhD students the opportunity to participate in a training programme leading to a recognised qualification in higher education teaching.

Department specialisms

Medieval and Renaissance, 18th-Century Narrative, Victorian Studies, and 20th and 21st Century Literature, Creative Writing and Film

Information for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.5 in the writing component and all other sections no less than 6.0.

TOEFL IBT*

Overall score 100 with minimum scores of 25 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

65 with no less than 58 in all communicative skills.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,400 (full-time) £2,200 (part-time)
International students
£16,400 (full-time)

Learn more at the course page.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

part time
72-84 months
full time
36-48 months
distance learning
36-84 months

MPhil

part time
48-60 months
full time
24-36 months
distance learning
24-60 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Administrator
Email
humanities-pgadmissions@exeter.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1392 725306