Research course

English Studies

University of Hertfordshire · School of Humanities
PhDMA by research

Entry requirements

Normally, we require applicants for PhD study to be in possession of good honours degree (2:1 or above), and a Master’s degree, in a relevant discipline. IELTS entry requirement is normally 6.5, TOEFL 550 (213 CBT) or equivalent for overseas students.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

A University of Hertfordshire research degree is an internationally recognised degree signifying high levels of achievement in research. It develops extensive subject expertise and independent research skills which are honed over an extended period, depending on the level of the award. You would undertake a substantial, original research project for the duration of the degree, under the supervision and guidance of two or more academic members of staff. Your supervisory team provides guidance both in the selection of a research topic and in the conduct of the research. You are also supported by attendance at postgraduate seminar series to develop subject specific knowledge and research skills relevant to your field of research.

The degree is assessed solely on the basis of the final research output, in the form of a substantial written thesis which must be defended in a viva. During the course of the degree, you would be encouraged to present your work at major conferences and in refereed research publications.

We welcome applications from postgraduate students interested in pursuing innovative research into Anglophone Literature ranging from the Renaissance to the present day. Our members of staff can offer supervision on a wide range of potential research projects.

A PhD in English Literature can be taken full-time (up to 4 years) or part-time (up to 7 years). It is based on the research and completion of a research project in any field within these subject areas for which expert supervision can be provided. The resulting thesis, which should typically be around 80,000 words in length, is defended in a viva voce (oral examination) led by an external examiner.

Qualification and course duration


full time
up to 48 months
part time
up to 84 months

MA by research

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr. Katrina Navickas