Research course

English Literature

University of Glasgow · College of Arts
PhDMLitt by researchMPhilMRes

Entry requirements

Our regular standard of admission is at least an Upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1), although candidates will usually also have completed or be undertaking a Masters qualification.

Research proposal

Candidates are required to provide a single page outline of the research subject proposed (approximately 1000 words). This need not be a final thesis proposal but should include:

  • a straightforward, descriptive, and informative title
  • the question that your research will address
  • an account of why this question is important and worth investigating
  • an assessment of how your own research will engage with recent study in the subject
  • a brief account of the methodology and approach you will take
  • a discussion of the primary sources that your research will draw upon, including printed books, manuscripts, archives, libraries, or museums
  • an indicative bibliography of secondary sources that you have already consulted and/or are planning to consult

Your application, including your references and research proposal, will be passed to members of staff whose expertise and research interests most closely match the area of your proposed study.

Months of entry


Course content

In the top 50 of the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject, for English Language & Literature. A 5 star + rating.

By choosing to embark on a postgraduate qualification in English Literature at Glasgow, you will be joining a thriving, dynamic, and internationally-renowned research community, one which regularly attracts students from around the UK and beyond.

Glasgow was ranked third in the UK, and first in Scotland, for research strength in English Language and Literature in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014)
Our interests may be broadly divided into four chronological fields:
  • medieval studies (from the beginning to 1500)
  • Renaissance studies (1500–1700);
  • 18th-century Romantic and Victorian studies (1700–1900)
  • modernism, contemporary literature and critical theory (1900–)

We also address crossperiod research themes, including colonial and postcolonial studies, American studies, Irish studies, medical humanities, translation, textual scholarship and editing, and creative writing.
Beyond their individual dissertation projects, students are fully engaged in the rich intellectual life of the School, organizing reading groups and conferences, participating in colloquia, and, in the latter stages of their doctoral studies, contributing to undergraduate teaching. A competitive research and travel grant programme available through the College of Arts allows students to take their work beyond Glasgow, presenting papers at national and international conferences.
Contact: Dr Adrian Streete, PG Convener, English Literature
Research groups

Start dates are set by both the supervisor and the department. As such some PHD options will have fixed start dates (likely January/October) and others have a rolling intake. For more details please contact the relevant department.

Information for international students

Please see the English Language requirements if your first language is not English. Please also see the international page.

Fees and funding

College of Arts Graduate School funding opportunities

AHRC Doctoral Training Programme Scotland 2018/19

Funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to support postgraduate studentships and training in the Arts and Humanities in Scotland.

College of Arts PhD scholarship competition 2018/19

We offer a number of scholarships for students undertaking a doctoral programme in the College of Arts Graduate School. These scholarships will include around four hours per week of internship duties.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
60 months

MLitt by research

part time
36 months
full time
24 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

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