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.
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
January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February
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.
- 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–)
- Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Glasgow
- Centre for Robert Burns Studies
- Andrew Hook Centre for American Studies
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
Fees and funding
College of Arts Graduate School funding opportunities
- Eligibility and submission details : closing date is Friday 15 December 2017
- Eligibility and application details : closing date is Friday 15 December 2017 (we must also have received your PhD application by this date)
Qualification and course duration
MLitt by research
Course contact details