Research course


University of Gloucestershire · Faculty of Education, Humanities and Sciences
PhDMA by research

Entry requirements

  • MA by Research: you will need at least a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area
  • PhD: you will need a Masters degree or equivalent, in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic

Months of entry


Course content

Learn with regular tutorials with supervisors, combined with peer group seminars and discussions. Research opportunities in English Language and English Literature are available for either full-time or part-time study.Develop your research in our libraries and university archives as well as through our links with organisations such as the Dymock Poets Archive. This contains manuscripts, first editions and other materials relating to Robert Frost, Lascelles Abercrombie, Edward Thomas, Rupert Brooke, Wilfred Gibson and Eleanor Farjeon. Scholarly interest in these important regional writers has been rekindled in recent years, and in 1998, we founded the Cyder Press to reprint long out-of-print or little known works by these poets and other writers with regional, literary or period connections.

Cheltenham's vibrant cultural life enriches our research environment. Strengthen your learning through our strong links with the Cheltenham Festival of Literature. We also sponsor the annual Laurie Lee Memorial Lecture in tribute to this famous Gloucestershire writer. Contribute to and attend visiting lectures and seminars across the university. Attend and participate in research conferences.

In English Language, our teaching staff's research expertise covers critical discourse analysis, language variation and change; language and identity; rhetoric, language and ecology; ecolinguistics; sociolinguistics; language and gender; dialectology and new media literacy.In English Literature, our teaching staff's research expertise ranges from the Renaissance to present-time and in particular boasts extensive supervision experience in contemporary writing and theory. Topics include Renaissance and Caroline drama; 19th-century literature and culture; textual editing; children's literature; American literature; women's writing; and psychoanalysis. We welcome research proposals on regional writers.

Qualification and course duration


full time
30-48 months
part time
48-84 months

MA by research

part time
18-36 months
full time
12-24 months

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