Research course

English

Institution
University of Gloucestershire · Faculty of Education, Humanities and Sciences
Qualifications
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

September

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, and are offered at all levels, enabling you to be innovative, critical and original.

Along with our libraries and university archives, we offer first-class resources, such as the Dymock Poets Archive and Study Centre, containing manuscripts, first editions and other materials relating to Robert Frost, Lascelles Abercrombie, Edward Thomas, Rupert Brooke, Wilfrid Gibson and Eleanor Farjeon.

The school maintains close links with The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, and sponsors the annual Laurie Lee Memorial Lecture in tribute to this famous Gloucestershire writer. Cheltenham’s vibrant cultural life enriches our research environment. We offer seminars by visiting lecturers across the university, and you will be invited to contribute to these events. You will be encouraged to attend and participate in research conferences. You will be well supported by your supervisory team and can expect regular tutorials with supervisors, combined with peer group seminars and discussions.

We offer interdisciplinary research degrees in creative writing and other subject areas. Using a supervisory team, as opposed to an individual supervisor, makes this mode of study particularly appropriate.

All students are required to take and complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods to support the development of their project and their education as researchers

Research areas:

In English language, our research expertise covers;

  • critical discourse analysis
  • language variation and change
  • language and identity
  • rhetoric
  • language and ecology
  • ecolinguistics
  • sociolinguistics
  • language and gender
  • dialectology
  • new media literacy.

Other topics include;

  • the 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.

Whereas in English Literature, our research expertise ranges from Renaissance to the present day and staff boast extensive supervision experience in contemporary writing and theory.

This research contributes to the subject community Literacy and Critical Studies and the research priority area Being Human: Past, Present and Future.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    30-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    48-84 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MA by research
    part time
    18-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12-24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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