Research course


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

Entry requirements

• MA by Research/MRes/MPhil: 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 • we normally consider applications from candidates from different backgrounds who demonstrate appropriate research experience and achievement • EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent

Months of entry


Course content

Research opportunities in English language and English literature are available for either full-time or part-time study, and are offered at all levels, enabling you to be innovative, critical and original.

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 Renaissance to present day and staff boast extensive supervision experience in contemporary writing and theory. Other topics include Renaissance and Caroline drama, 19th-century literature and culture, textual editing, children’s literature, American literature, women’s writing and psychoanalysis. We especially welcome research proposals on regional writers.

We enjoy an established research reputation, and are recognised for world leading and internationally excellent research output in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. Along with our libraries and university archives, we offer first-class resources, such as the Dymock Poets Archive, containing manuscripts, first editions and other materials relating to Robert Frost, Lascelles Abercrombie, Edward Thomas, Rupert Brooke, Wilfrid Gibson and Eleanor Farjeon. Scholarly interest in these important regional writers has been rekindled in recent years, and in 1998 the School of Liberal and Performing Arts 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.

Department specialisms

Literary and Cultural Theory; Romanticism; Shakespeare; Nationalism; 19th-Century and Victorian Writing; Literature (18th-Century, Modern and Contemporary); Literature and Philosophy; Theatre and Drama; Writing (Women's, North American, Postcolonial)

Qualification and course duration


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


part time
30-60 months
full time
18-36 months

MA by research

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

Course contact details

03330 141414